"I have an announcement to make. I've decided to step down as deputy. ShadowClan is changing. It makes sense to choose a new deputy. Someone who will be the future for our Clan instead of the past. [...] I'll help you for as long as you want me to, but I'm sure you'll make the right choice."
— Tawnypelt's reason for stepping down as deputy to Tigerstar in Tawnypelt's Clan, chapter 10

Tawnypelt is a tortoiseshell[20]-and-white[21] she-cat[22] with green eyes.[23]

Tawnypelt is a warrior of ShadowClan. Tawnykit was born to Goldenflower and Tigerstar, along with Bramblekit. Her father betrayed ThunderClan and was exiled while she was still a young kit in the nursery. Tawnypaw became an apprenticed to Brackenfur and soon learned the truth of Tigerstar. Her Clanmates doubted her loyalty to the Clan, and fed up, Tawnypaw left ThunderClan to join her father in ShadowClan. She later became a warrior named Tawnypelt and was chosen to go on the Journey to Midnight and lead the Clans to the lake territories. She and Rowanclaw became mates and had three kits named Tigerkit, Dawnkit, and Flamekit.

Tawnypelt supported Rowanstar when the rest of ShadowClan joined Darktail's Kin, and served as his deputy after Tigerheart disappeared, until ShadowClan's eventual merge with SkyClan. She went on to support her son as he rebuilt their Clan, and briefly served as his deputy, however, went back to her position as a warrior.


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The Prophecies Begin

"Hang on a minute. I'm not asking you if I can come back. All I want is to be a loyal cat in my new Clan. I want to be the best warrior I can be. And I can't be that in ThunderClan."
—Tawnypaw to Firestar and Bramblepaw The Darkest Hour, page 275
Tawnykit is born alongside her brother, Bramblekit to Tigerclaw and Goldenflower in ThunderClan. After she is born, Tigerclaw attempts to kill Bluestar, the ThunderClan Clan leader, and is exiled. As a result, Tawnykit and her brother are scrutinized by the Clan. The constant judgment continues to fester inside Tawnykit as she becomes an apprentice to Brackenfur. When her father becomes leader of ShadowClan, Tawnypaw flees to join him and is mentored by Oakfur. Determined that ShadowClan will help Tawnypaw find her place as a loyal warrior, she turns down her brother's attempts to rejoin ThunderClan.

The New Prophecy

"Fox dung! I'm a loyal ShadowClan cat. If I'm ever made deputy or leader it will be because I have earned it myself—and my Clanmates and StarClan wish it. You're twisting the warrior code to get what you want, just like you did when you were alive."
—Tawnypelt to Tigerstar Sunset, page 179
Tawnypelt is chosen by Nightstar to participate on the journey to find Midnight as the representative of ShadowClan. On the journey, she becomes friends with Feathertail, a RiverClan warrior. Tawnypelt becomes injured by rats and the group stays at the Tribe of Rushing Water and helps them defeat Sharptooth. She and the other chosen cats help lead and guide the Clans to their new home. After some trouble, Tawnypelt eventually finds a new home for ShadowClan in a pine forest. Like Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost, Tigerstar visits his children in their dreams, tempting them with promises of becoming stronger and more loyal warriors. Tawnypelt refuses his offers and advises Brambleclaw to do the same.

Power of Three

"Hang on a moment. Things went wrong in the old forest, too. You can't expect life to be all mice and moonlight."
—Tawnypelt Long Shadows, page 36
She gives birth to Rowanclaw's kits, Tigerkit, Flamekit, and Dawnkit. She joins her brother and his kits to assist the Tribe of Rushing Water, despite still a queen. When WindClan and RiverClan both attack ThunderClan, Hollypaw runs to ShadowClan and urges Tawnypelt to help. Tawnypelt moves her family to ThunderClan when Sol tricks Blackstar into not believing StarClan.

Omen of the Stars

Her kits receive their full names, Tigerheart, Dawnpelt, and Flametail. Tawnypelt also receives an apprentice, Starlingpaw. She hurriedly greets her son and Toadfoot when they return from their journey to defeat the beavers. Her mate, Rowanclaw, becomes deputy after Russetfur dies, and their son, Flametail, drowns in the lake while playing on the ice. Tawnypelt participates in the battle against the Dark Forest.

A Vision of Shadows

"Do you think you could have done any better? You blame Rowanstar. But it was his Clanmates' disloyalty that killed them. If our apprentices grew arrogant, blame their mentors, not him. He cared about ShadowClan when none of you did. Rowanstar still wakes in the night, haunted by nightmares about the Clanmates he's lost."
—Tawnypelt defending Rowanclaw to Scorchfur Darkest Night, page 120
Tawnypelt receives another apprentice, Needlepaw. During the sickness that plagues the Clan, Tawnypelt is supportive of Crowfrost and Rowanstar despite her Clanmates' outbursts. When Darktail and his Kin take over ShadowClan, she flees with Rowanstar and Tigerheart to ThunderClan. She is appointed deputy when ShadowClan is briefly revived after Tigerheart disappears, and also given another apprentice, Snakepaw. Tawnypelt continues to encourage Rowanstar as he steps down as the leader of ShadowClan and disbands the Clan. She is hostile at her Clanmates who turned rogue, including Yarrowleaf and Sleekwhisker. Violetshine and Twigpaw ask Tawnypelt if she would become leader of ShadowClan, but Tawnypelt is hesitant. Sleekwhisker lures Tawnypelt into a trap for Rowanclaw, and Rowanclaw sacrifices himself for her and Yarrowleaf's kits. Tigerheart, now Tigerstar, returns and he appoints her deputy and another apprentice, Conepaw. However, she steps down and Juniperclaw takes her place.

The Broken Code

"Yes. Hasn’t StarClan told us before? The Clans are strongest when we stand together. Our experience with Darktail taught us that."
—Tawnypelt's thoughts on the lack of StarClan interaction Lost Stars, page 228
Despite not being deputy, Tawnypelt advises Tigerstar on the frigid leaf-bare and serves as one of his most trusted warriors. When she learns of Bramblestar's death, she is distraught and does not speak to anyone. However, when he is brought back, she attends the emergency gathering and is horrified when Bramblestar suggests that there are codebreakers among the Clans, with Shadowsight noting she technically is one but doesn't believe Bramblestar would out his own sister.

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In Bramblestar's Storm, she is given another apprentice, Grasspaw. She and Bramblestar are still close but remains fiercely loyal to her Clan. She confides how ShadowClan is struggling since the floods, including vicious kittypets and badgers. Rowanstar questions her loyalty, and Tawnypelt snaps at him. Despite ShadowClan's reassurance, ThunderClan assists the Clan drive off their enemies, and Tawnypelt and Bramblestar are reminded of that their bond as kin is stronger than the warrior code.
In Tigerheart's Shadow, she is the only cat that fully supports Rowanstar with no doubts about his leadership, and tries to help out Tigerheart when he struggles to support both ShadowClan and Rowanstar. When Tigerheart leaves ShadowClan, he thinks of his mother and misses her.


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In Tawnypelt's Clan, Tawnypelt struggles to identify with the new ShadowClan since Tigerstar has returned. She is constantly frustrated with her Clanmates not listening to her despite being deputy and doubts Dovewing's loyalty. When Shadowkit receives a vision about the Tribe of Rushing Water, Tawnypelt clearly believes they are meant to travel to the mountains. She, Dovewing, and Shadowkit travel to the Tribe and are welcomed by Stoneteller, Stormfur, Brook, and the rest of the Tribe. As they save the Tribe's cave from being destroyed, Tawnypelt seriously reflects remaining in the mountains. Rowanclaw visits her in her dreams and lovingly encourages her to accept the changes happening in ShadowClan. Her loyalty reinvigorated, the group travels back to ShadowClan and Tawnypelt steps down as deputy, believing Tigerstar will need a younger deputy if ShadowClan is to adapt and survive, but offers to help her son lead ShadowClan if he needs it.

Detailed description

Tawnypelt is a lean,[24] mottled,[25] tortoiseshell[20]-and-white[21] she-cat[22] with clear[26] green eyes.[23]

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Tawnypelt has killed:

  • Bone[2] (Along with Bramblestar, Ashfur, Stormfur and Feathertail)


Tawnypaw's apprentice ceremony
Bluestar: Brackenfur, Fireheart tells me that you are ready for your first apprentice. You will be mentor to Tawnypaw.
Bluestar: Brackenfur, you have shown yourself to be a warrior of loyalty and forethought. Do your best to pass on these qualities to Tawnypaw.
Reference: A Dangerous Path, page 235


Brambleclaw: "Not right now! I told the others the night before the half-moon. We'll meet at Fourtrees."
Tawnypelt: "I'll be ready. And now, I'd better show you to the border. Even one of StarClan's chosen cats can get his fur ripped off for trespassing."
—Brambleclaw and Tawnypelt about the journey to the sun-drown-place Midnight, page 108

Tawnypelt: "Me too. Leafbare's coming, and there'll be snow up here."
Brambleclaw: "But what about your shoulder? We've got to stay until the rat bite is better. We'd all get on faster after that."
Tawnypelt: "I knocked it again, that's all. If you think I'm holding you back then just come out and say so!"
—Tawnypelt to Brambleclaw about her shoulder Moonrise, pages 129-130

"Huh! It's the first time he's ever let me represent ShadowClan."
—Tawnypelt complaining that Blackstar never lets her represent her Clan Starlight, page 29

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"I wasn't born a ShadowClan cat but I'm very glad I'm here now. I like being ferocious and I like hunting in the dark. You won't find me lolling about in the sun like those RiverClan cats or crashing through the forest making as much noise as a ThunderClan cat."
—Tawnypelt Secrets of the Clans, page 61

Tawnypelt: "I was too harsh with you before. Rowanstar and I—and all of ShadowClan—should have been more grateful for your help with the kittypets."
Bramblestar: "That doesn’t matter. I know we should never have interfered. It won’t happen again."
Tawnypelt: "Do you really mean that? Because I don’t think we can fight these badgers alone. We’re too weak, too hungry."
Bramblestar: "Are you asking for ThunderClan’s help?"
Tawnypelt: "Yes. I am."
—Tawnypelt asking for ThunderClan’s help Bramblestar's Storm, pages 381-382

"You betrayed your Clan. Now you insult your leader? Show him some respect!"
—Tawnypelt to Scorchfur about Rowanstar Darkest Night, page 159

Scorchfur: "So? What should we do?"
Rowanstar: "I must do what's right for the Clan."
Scorchfur: "Isn't it a bit late for that?"
Tawnypelt: "Rowanstar has always done what's best for this Clan!"
Scorchfur: "So we have Rowanstar to thank for the state we're in?"
Tawnypelt: "Do you think you could have done any better? You blame Rowanstar. But it was his Clanmates' disloyalty that killed them. If our apprentices grew arrogant, blame their mentors, not him. He cared about ShadowClan when none of you did. Rowanstar still wakes in the night, haunted by nightmares about the Clanmates he's lost."
Scorchfur: "He's lucky. He has nine lives to dream about lost Clanmates. They only had one."
—Scorchfur and Tawnypelt about Rowanstar's leadership Darkest Night, page 160

Scorchfur: "They believed in him once. Perhaps Rowanstar is the dark sky they're trying to warn us about."
Tawnypelt: "If anyone's the dark sky, it's you! You let the rogues take over the Clan. You let them drive Rowanstar away. Don't blame him for your treachery."
Scorchfur: "And why do you think we chose a rogue over Rowanstar? He was a weak leader then, and he's a weak leader now."
Tawnypelt: "You're no better than a rogue."
—Scorchfur and Tawnypelt about Rowanstar's leadership Darkest Night, pages 160-161

"No leader could have been strong enough to deal with so much treachery!"
—Tawnypelt at a Gathering Darkest Night, page 268

"Be quiet, all of you! Like it or not, Leafstar is our leader now. She was chosen by StarClan. Do you want to go against StarClan?"
—Tawnypelt to her Clanmates River of Fire, page 92

"She was Rowanstar’s deputy after Tigerheart left, and she truly cared about her Clan. Once I saw her with Rowanclaw at ShadowClan’s old camp, and she seemed so regretful about all they had lost. Maybe she would be willing to try reviving the Clan."
—Violetshine to Twigpaw and Tree about Tawnypelt River of Fire, page 136

Macgyver: "What do you think, Tawnypelt? Will you be able to lead ShadowClan now?"
Tawnypelt: "Not after this. Not without Rowanclaw. ShadowClan is dead."
—Tawnypelt to Macgyver about leading ShadowClan River of Fire, page 229

Tawnypelt: "This is the right thing to do. You wouldn't listen. You never listen to me now. You made me deputy, but you won't let me be your deputy."
Tigerstar: "That's not true."
Tawnypelt: "All you care about now is Dovewing and your kits, and these strange cats you've brought back from outside the Clans. And your own power, of course. You love being in charge."
Tigerstar: "In charge? It's impossible to be in charge with you around, Tawnypelt. You're stubborn; you argue with everything I ask you to do; you're rude to any cat who wasn't born in ShadowClan. The Clan as changed, but you won't change with it. The old ShadowClan didn't work. I loved Rowanclaw, but the Clan died when he was leader, and I'm trying to bring it back. It's hard, and you're making it harder by working against me."
Tawnypelt: "I can't belive you'd talk about your own kin-your father-like this. Rowanclaw was dealt some harsh blows. The sickness, Darktail's schemes, betrayal by cats who should have followed him, but he loved his Clan. And he was fair to cats who followed him. The way you won't listen to me, or Dovewing, or even Leafpool about this-you're acting like a tyrant, not a leader. It reminds me of another Tigerstar I once knew."
—Tawnypelt and Tigerstar arguing Tawnypelt's Clan, page chapter four

"A pang shot through Tawnypelt. She thought of Flametail, her shy, sweet-tempered ginger kit, always eager to help his Clanmates, who'd grown to be a medicine cat and then drowned in icy waters; of Dawnpelt, who'd as a kit been fierce and playful by turns, who'd left ShadowClan for the Kin and been murdered by Darktail. And of stubborn, good-hearted Tigerstar. Her kits meant everything to her, too, and now Tigerstar was the only one left."
—Tawnypelt reflecting about her kits Tawnypelt's Clan, page chapter five

Rowanclaw: "You've been such a loyal mate to me. All our lives together, and even after I left you to join StarClan. I'll always love you."
Tawnypelt: "I love you, too."
Rowanclaw: "But I'm gone now. I'm dead, and I'm fine. I'm happy in StarClan. We'll be together there, but not for a long time."
Tawnypelt: "A very long time?"
Rowanclaw: "Many moons, and you'll be happy again, I promise. But the long life ahead of you means you'll have to adjust. Everything changes-you know that. Even your Clan."
Tawnypelt: "It's hard to forgive them for turning against you."
Rowanclaw: "I have. And they will forgive me, too. I wasn't the one they needed during the dark times. Tigerstar is a good leader. [...] You have to give him a chance. Remember what a brave, clever cat he's always been? With you and Dovewing supporting him, he can begin ShadowClan anew."
Tawnypelt: "I'm not sure I can. Maybe I should start over somewhere else. Stormfur is right: Things are simpler here. It's a good life, and I think they'd welcome me. [...] But my home is in ShadowClan."
Rowanclaw: "Your heart is in ShadowClan, too. Our Clan is changing, but not all change is bad. Give yourself some time, and give Tigerstar a chance. I love you so much, Tawnypelt. I always will. But it's time to let me go."
—Tawnypelt speaking with Rowanclaw in her dreams Tawnypelt's Clan, page chapter nine

"[Shadowpaw] already is. He helped Bramblestar move safely to his next life. Bramblestar was my littermate. I don't know what I would have done if he'd never come back."
—Tawnypelt to Shadowpaw about Bramblestar The Silent Thaw, page 32

"Tawnypelt believes she can be a loyal ShadowClan cat without any darkness of heart or purpose. When Tigerstar summoned her to his shadowy forest in her dreams, she refused to listen to him. She knew he couldn't help her achieve what she wants most: loyalty and security and peace. She will go into battle for ShadowClan, yet she never forgets her kinship in ThunderClan, either. She has proved that being loyal does not have to mean treating others as your enemy. You should be proud of Tawnypelt, Blossomkit. She and her kits could do much to salvage ShadowClan's reputation."
—Rock about Tawnypelt Cats of the Clans, page 38

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 275
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 297
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 223
  4. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 19
  5. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 21
  6. Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, chapter 6
  7. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 20
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 235
  9. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 38
  10. Revealed in Outcast, page 160
  11. Revealed in Dark River, page 20
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 10
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  14. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  15. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  16. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, allegiances
  17. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  18. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  19. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 6
  20. 20.0 20.1 Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in Eclipse, page 12
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 53
  24. Revealed in Midnight, page 3
  25. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 16
  26. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 309


  1. Tawnypelt was the last deputy before ShadowClan was annexed into SkyClan, and was the first to take up the position following ShadowClan's revival[13]
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