|"I'm not ashamed to say it. If we'd questioned our leader earlier, we might have avoided a lot of trouble."|
|— Thornclaw to Squirrelflight about ThunderClan's leadership in Graystripe's Vow, page 35|
Thornclaw is a ThunderClan elder under Bramblestar's leadership in the lake territories, and previously served as a warrior under Firestar, Bramblestar, the impostor, Squirrelflight, Lionblaze, and Graystripe in the forest and lake territories. He was born to Lionheart and Frostfur alongside Cinderpelt, Brackenfur, and Brightheart, and was apprenticed to Mousefur as Thornpaw. After becoming a warrior, Thornclaw mentored Sootfur, Shrewpaw, Poppyfrost, and Briarlight. As a senior warrior, Thornclaw was recruited by the Place of No Stars; however, he fought for the Clans during the Great Battle and was forgiven by his Clanmates. He became mates with Blossomfall, his fellow Dark Forest trainee, becoming the father of Eaglekit, Plumkit, Shellkit, and Stemkit. Noted to be bossy with eyes on ThunderClan's leadership, Thornclaw sided with the the impostor during his crackdown on the codebreakers. Following the impostor's defeat, Thornclaw grew frustrated with ThunderClan's leadership, and briefly decided to leave the Clan to wander, unsure if he wanted to remain in ThunderClan, but eventually returned after a quarter-moon where he later retired to the elders' den.
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- "Thornclaw, the newest warrior of ThunderClan, [was] looking tense and eager at the prospect of his first battle."
- ―Firestar's thoughts about Thornclaw The Darkest Hour, page 286
- "Thornclaw's nostrils flared minutely as he let out a patient sigh, and Brambleclaw admired his self-control. If Squirrelpaw had spoken to him like that, he would have been tempted to rake his claws over her ear."
- ―Brambleclaw's thoughts on Thornclaw Midnight, page 27
- "Ashfur was killed by a WindClan cat! It's the only possible answer."
- ―Thornclaw Sunrise, page 10
- "Enough! The battle is won, the clearing is ours. Do you concede or shall we fight for it again?"
- ―Thornclaw taunting Blackstar Fading Echoes, page chapter 24
- "He might be a senior warrior, but this is his first litter of kits, and it made him as nervous as an apprentice on his first hunt."
- ―Leafpool about Thornclaw Shattered Sky, page 47
- "I admit I don't always understand StarClan, but they'll explain themselves sooner or later, you can count on it. […] You're young, and of course you worry about these sorts of decisions. But after what I experienced in the Dark Forest—well, I'm willing to do what's necessary, and now I'm sure things will settle down. StarClan will be back soon, you'll see."
- ―Thornclaw reassuring Bristlefrost about StarClan's absence Veil of Shadows, pages 52-53
- "That's just typical ShadowClan! Who do they think they are? Talking like they're the best Clan in the forest!"
- ―Thornclaw at a Gathering River (book), page 207
- "Yes, he's very keen. It's time he had an apprentice. Sootpaw will do fine with him."
- ―Longtail about Thornclaw taking over Sootpaw's training Firestar's Quest, page 103
- "I didn't leave the camp to listen to more petty squabbles. I left to think about what I want to do next. I left the Clan so that I could be alone. Maybe I'll see you all again if I decide to return to the Clan. Or maybe we'll meet in Flipclaw's imaginary territory. But I'm not going to stay here and waste my time arguing. I'm off."
- ―Thornclaw to Graystripe and the others Graystripe's Vow, pages 66-67
- "No ThunderClan cat finished the battle fighting for the Dark Forest. When they learned the truth about their new allies, they showed nothing but loyalty to the Clans. There is little to forgive, in my opinion."
- ―Bramblestar about Thornclaw and the other trainees Dovewing's Silence, page chapter 5
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|Thornpaw's apprentice ceremony|
|Thornclaw's warrior ceremony|
- Thornclaw's parents are Lionheart and Frostfur and his littermates are Cinderpelt, Brackenfur, and Brightheart. His mate is Blossomfall, and Stemleaf, Eaglewing, Plumstone, and Shellfur are their children. For more of Thornclaw's family, click here!
- Redtail's Debt
- Exile from ShadowClan
- Into the Wild (First appearance)
- Fire and Ice (Indirect mention only)
- Forest of Secrets
- Rising Storm
- Tigerclaw's Fury
- A Dangerous Path
- The Darkest Hour
- Blackfoot's Reckoning (Allegiance only)
- Firestar's Quest
- Graystripe's Vow (Then)
- Mothwing's Secret (Allegiance only)
- The Lost Warrior
- Winds of Change
- Leafpool's Wish
- The Sight
- Dark River
- Long Shadows
- Hollyleaf's Story (Allegiance only)
- The Fourth Apprentice
- Mistystar's Omen (Allegiance only)
- Fading Echoes
- Night Whispers
- Sign of the Moon
- The Forgotten Warrior
- The Last Hope
- Dovewing's Silence
- Crowfeather's Trial
- Bramblestar's Storm
- The Apprentice's Quest
- Thunder and Shadow
- Shattered Sky
- Darkest Night
- Tigerheart's Shadow (Allegiance only)
- River of Fire
- Tawnypelt's Clan (Allegiance only)
- Spotfur's Rebellion
- The Raging Storm
- Squirrelflight's Hope
- Lost Stars
- The Silent Thaw
- Veil of Shadows
- Darkness Within
- Graystripe's Vow (Now)
- Daisy's Kin (Mentioned only)
- The Place of No Stars
- A Light in the Mist (Allegiance only)
- Battles of the Clans (Mentioned only)
- The Clans Decide
- He is the very first cat Firestar made a warrior.
- James Barry confirmed Thornclaw's appearance in Winds of Change.[blog 1]
- Vicky has commented about the possibility of Lionheart fathering Frostfur's kits, and at least once that Lionheart never fathered kits.
- Vicky doesn't think that he and Brackenfur are identical twins.
- He has mistakenly been called dark, a dark tabby, ginger, depicted as a solid-colored cat, and called light brown.
- He is shown speaking to Blackstar at the end of Fading Echoes; however, in Night Whispers, Brambleclaw is speaking instead.
- Despite not earning his warrior name until The Darkest Hour, Thornclaw is shown as a warrior in Tigerclaw's Fury, which is set before then.
- Despite Thornclaw being listed as an elder in River, he is not shown with the other elders or having a nest with them and is acting and referred to as a warrior throughout the book.
The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.
- In The Clans Decide, Thornclaw is one of the cats who votes for the individual leaders to rule their own Clans.
- "I didn't see Thornpaw show much respect for that squirrel he dragged back to camp yesterday. He said it was so dopey, a kit could have caught it."
- ―Cloudpaw about Thornpaw's lack of respect for prey Rising Storm, page 8
- Cinderpelt: "Here, press on this."
- Thornpaw: "Me?"
- Rising Storm, page 195
- "What did you find out? When do we attack?"
- ―Thornclaw suspecting that a WindClan cat killed Ashfur Sunrise, page 31
- "You left not long after Ashfur was killed."
- ―Thornclaw accusing Hollyleaf of Ashfur's death The Forgotten Warrior, page 188
- Alderheart: "You should have seen Thornclaw last night. We had a hard time keeping him calm while Blossomfall was giving birth."
- Leafpool: "True. He might be a senior warrior, but this is his first litter of kits, and it made him as nervous as an apprentice on his first hunt."
- Shattered Sky, page 47
- "'Clouds from the mountains…' I think the message is clear. These cats bring trouble. We must send them away."
- ―Thornclaw about Jayfeather's omen and the Sisters Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 9
- "Who cares what they want? Did they care what we wanted when they held you captive? Who knows what they'd have done to you if we hadn't turned up and threatened to shred them!"
- ―Thornclaw about the Sisters Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 10
- Thornclaw: "Haven't the hunting patrols left yet?"
- Lionblaze: "We're waiting for Squirrelflight."
- The Silent Thaw, page 18
- "Surely a cat must do more than break the code to be exiled."
- ―Thornclaw disagreeing with Squirrelflight's exile The Silent Thaw, page 205
- Thornclaw: "...the only reason you're the one making decisions is because you're Squirrelflight's kin."
- Lionblaze: "Take that back!"
- Graystripe's Vow, page 33
- "StarClan will never come back if we don’t do things right!"
- ―Thornclaw to Lionblaze Darkness Within, page 31
- "I suppose you mean we should support all your choices without question. However unfair they seem."
- ―Thornclaw arguing with Squirrelflight Darkness Within, page 35
- (Allegiance only)
- (Mentioned only)
- (Mentioned only)
- (Allegiance only)
Notes and references
- Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 63
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 9
- Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 286
- Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 96
- Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 105
- Revealed in Eclipse, page 163
- Revealed in River, allegiances
- Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 89
- Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
- Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
- Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
- Revealed in Forest of Secrets, allegiances
- Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 283
- Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
- Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
- Revealed on the screenshot) (
- Revealed in Blackfoot's Reckoning, chapter 6
- Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 126
- Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 204
- Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 28
- Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 61-62
- Revealed in Rising Storm, page 36
- Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 8
- Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 5
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 295
- Revealed in Night Whispers, page 6
- Revealed in River, page 80
- Revealed in River, page 233
- Revealed in River, page 6
- Revealed in River, page 209
- Revealed in The Clans Decide
|Medicine cats||Jayfeather • Alderheart|
|Warriors||Whitewing • Birchfall • Mousewhisker • Poppyfrost • Cinderheart • Lionblaze • Bumblestripe • Blossomfall • Ivypool • Cherryfall • Molewhisker • Lilyheart • Dewnose • Stormcloud • Fernsong • Sorrelstripe • Hollytuft • Sparkpelt • Honeyfur • Leafshade • Twigbranch • Finleap • Eaglewing • Plumstone • Shellfur • Thriftear • Flipclaw • Bayshine • Myrtlebloom • Finchlight • Nightheart • Fernstripe|
|Queens||Daisy • Spotfur|
|Kits||Bristlekit • Stemkit • Graykit|
|Elders||Brackenfur • Brightheart • Cloudtail • Thornclaw|
|Dark Forest cats|
|Current members||Maggottail • Silverhawk • Sparrowfeather • Houndleap • Rushtooth • Mapleshade • Thistleclaw • Clawface • Stumpytail • Frecklewish|
|Faded||Antpelt • Shredtail • Brokenstar • Hawkfrost • Tigerstar • Snowtuft • Darkstripe • Redwillow • Darktail|
|Trainees||Crookedstar • Thistleclaw • Bramblestar • Hawkfrost • Lionblaze • Ivypool • Mousewhisker • Birchfall • Blossomfall • Thornclaw • Tigerstar • Antpelt • Ratscar • Applefur • Redwillow • Sunstrike • Harestar • Breezepelt • Minnowtail • Icewing • Beetlewhisker • Hollowflight • Furzepelt • Larkwing • Whiskernose|