"I have my own camp now, and my own cats. My future lies with them, not you. [...] You will always be my father. But you have to let us all be the cats we want to be. I can't come and live with you. I must find my own path."
— Thunder to Clear Sky about leading his own camp in A Forest Divided, pages 315-316

Thunderstar, also known as Thunder, is a large,[12] fiery ginger[12]-and-white[13] tom with amber eyes,[14] and big white paws.[11]

He was the only surviving kit of Clear Sky and Storm. After his father disowned him, he was given the name Thunder by Gray Wing who raised him. As he grew up in the moor, Thunder yearned to live with his father in the forest. However, he constantly grew frustrated with his father's inability to listen to him and his aggression towards outsiders, and rejoined Gray Wing on the moor where his leadership skills excelled. Still yearning for the woods, he created a new group in the forest. His group was renamed as ThunderClan and he later received his nine lives as Thunderstar. Violet Dawn gives birth to his kits, Lightning Stripe, Sleek Fur, Shell Claw, and Feather Ear. Thunderstar was remembered as one of the most courageous and compassionate founding leaders, developing the sympathetic components of the warrior code.


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Dawn of the Clans

"You wanted me to be cruel, like you! But I'll never be cruel!"
—Thunder to Clear Sky The First Battle, page 232
Thunder is born unnamed to Storm, a rogue, and Clear Sky, along with two other unnamed kits. When the Twoleg den that Storm gave birth in collapsed, it kills her and Thunder's two siblings. He is discovered soon after by Gray Wing and Turtle Tail, and is named Thunder, in remembrance of his mother Storm, and also the tragedy that unfolded when the Twoleg den collapsed. Gray Wing attempts to take Thunder to Clear Sky's camp, but Clear Sky rejects his son, not wanting to harm another cat he cared about. Gray Wing decides to become Thunder's adopted father and takes him back to the moor camp. Hawk Swoop offers to be his adopted mother, since she is already nursing Acorn Fur and Lightning Tail. Despite being raised on the moor, Thunder's heart longs for the forest. When Clear Sky arrives at Gray Wing's camp and asks Thunder if he wants to join his real father's camp, Thunder is a bit hesitant at first, but after questioning Clear Sky, he leaves Gray Wing's camp to be with his father.
As Thunder stays with Clear Sky for a while, he learns that he doesn't particularly enjoy being in his father's group. Clear Sky is extremely critical of Thunder and the two cats frequently butt heads when it comes to making decisions. Clear Sky makes the decision to banish Frost, because the rogue has a crippling injury, and tells Thunder to leave him at the edge of the forest for the maggots. Thunder refuses and leaves Clear Sky's group, horrified at his father's cruelty, and takes Frost with him to Gray Wing's camp. Angry, Thunder claims that he doesn't have a father anymore.
Back at Gray Wing's camp, Thunder is initially concerned by the cats battle training, realizing they were prepare to go to war with his father. Realizing he has no choice, Thunder participates in the training. When Turtle Tail's kits are missing, Thunder and Lightning Tail try to find them in the Twolegplace believing their father Tom stole them. However, they instead find Turtle Tail's body and discover she was killed by a monster on the Thunderpath. Thunder brings the grave news to Gray Wing who mourns for his mate.
Thunder joins the meeting with the other leaders at Fourtrees which soon unravels into a deadly battle. Thunder is horrified by his father's seemingly enjoyment of killing, and screeches for the fight to stop. Fortunately, the spirit cats of their fallen friends appear and demand the cats to unite or die. Gray Wing steps down as leader of the group and passes the role to Thunder. Gray Wing believes that he was suppressing Thunder's natural leadership abilities and wants his adopted son to shine.
The spirit cats pass on another message - to grow and spread like the Blazing Star. Thunder is confused by this message, though he quickly runs into Star Flower, who claims to understand the meaning. Thunder quickly falls for her, and as they grow close, Star Flower informs him about the herb the message is referring to, which will also cure a deadly sickness that was ravaging the cats. Thunder explains Star Flower's information to the other cats, but they are unable to retrieve the herb because of One Eye, a rogue who has been wrecking havoc to Clear Sky's group. During the final conflict with One Eye, Star Flower betrays their plan to her father, breaking Thunder's heart.
He returns to his father's group in the forest with several other of his cats, hoping that his father might help him lead. However, he is repulsed when Star Flower and Clear Sky develop feelings for each other. When his father continues to ignore his advice, Thunder decides he had enough and creates his own group in the forest. They settle in a sandy ravine and he appoints his oldest friend, Lightning Tail, as his deputy.
After Star Flower gives birth to Clear Sky's kits, Thunder visits them. At first, he is envious of his father's visible adoration for his new kits, but he is ultimately pleased the kits would grow up with loving parents. He and Lightning Tail rescue Slash's prisoners and Thunder is immediately awestruck by Violet. He welcomes her and other loners and rogues into his group. When Slash steals Black Ear, one of Gray Wing's kits, Thunder joins in the rescue efforts. He reunites the kit with his father, and stays by Gray Wing's side as he dies. Gray Wing renames the groups into Clans and Silver Stripe names Thunder's group ThunderClan after its leader.


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In Thunderstar's Echo, after receiving his nine lives, he is renamed as Thunderstar. He, his deputy Lightning Tail, and their medicine cat Cloud Spots lead ThunderClan into an era of prosperity. When dogs raid the camp, Thunderstar and Lightning Tail track them down to kill them. Unfortunately, the dogs overwhelm them, resulting in Thunderstar losing one of his lives and Lightning Tail dying. Thunderstar buries his best friend before returning to ThunderClan where Violet Dawn is giving birth. She gives birth to four kits, including Feather Ear, Shell Claw, Sleek Fur and Lightning Stripe, whom he names after his fallen friend Lightning Tail.

Detailed description

Thunderstar is a short,[15] thick[16] and sleek-furred,[13] sturdy,[6] large,[12] bright,[17] fiery ginger[12]-and-white[13] tom the color of autumn leaves.[11] He has a broad head[18] and shoulders,[1] powerful hind legs,[19] a torn ear-tip,[20] a long tail,[21] clear[22] amber eyes,[14] and wide,[23] big white paws.[11]


Interesting facts

  • He is the only one of the first leaders who was not born with a two part name, or did not change his name to be so.[7]

Author statements

  • When asked about the relationship with Acorn Fur and Thunder, Kate said that Acorn Fur did have a small crush on him, but they decided to not pursue it on the storyline, saying she and the others on the team had different plans for Thunder. She goes on to say that he gets a love interest in the sixth book of Dawn of the Clans, and that she's an entirely new cat.[24]
    • This is proven to be true, as in Path of Stars, Violet Dawn becomes his mate.[25]


  • While originally stated to have not taken -star as a suffix of his name,[8] this is later contradicted by Moth Flight's Vision,[9] and further supported by Secrets of the Clans, both of which address him as Thunderstar.[26]
  • There has been some contradictions as to how Thunderstar got his name. While originally said to have gotten his name because of the Thunderpath,[27] this is later changed to him having used thunderstorms to his advantage while hunting, using the thunderclaps to confuse his prey.[28] Despite these mentions of how he got his name, The Sun Trail states that he is named after the collapsing building he was born in, and also after his mother, Storm.[7]
  • He has been mistakenly called golden,[29] and depicted as a solid cat with white-rimmed eyes.[30]
  • He was mistakenly called a rogue.[12]

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Thunderstar has killed:

  • One Eye[31] (Along with Cloud Spots, Lightning Tail and Gray Wing)

Leader info

Leader info
Nine Lives
Life Given by Gift How it was lost
Killed by dogs
Name From To
Lightning Tail
Owl Eyes
Thunderstar's Echo
Thunderstar's Echo
Thunderstar's Echo
Before Finders Keepers


"What good is any of that compared to my strength and skill at hunting? If any cat was born to rule, it is I."
—Thunder Secrets of the Clans, page 4

"I believe we can choose our territories and lay down borders fairly, in peace."
—Thunder to the other leaders Secrets of the Clans, page 5

"What about Thunder? He was born of Storm, in the midst of a storm of stones and dust, yet he has survived."
—Turtle Tail suggesting a name for Thunder The Sun Trail, page chapter 26

"What has happened to you? Why don't you care about Frost anymore? You always say that you're acting in the best interests of all of us."
—Thunder to Clear Sky Thunder Rising, page 295

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Clear Sky: "Thunder, I want you to escort him to the boundary and leave him... Leave him where the maggots will find him. Do you understand?"
Thunder: "No, I'm not sure I do understand. Where the maggots will find him? Are you asking me to abandon Frost somewhere to die alone, with no cat to take care of him?"
Frost: "No! Please, Clear Sky, don't send me away! I can still hunt—I caught a vole yesterday. And I've done all my patrols. I'll die out there! Please give me another chance."
Thunder: "I won't do this. I won't lead Frost to his death. I can't help any of you, but I can help myself and Frost. We're leaving. And neither of us is coming back."
—Thunder and Clear Sky's argument after Clear Sky tells him to get rid of Frost Thunder Rising, pages 296-297

"Then talk to him. You're the only cat he'd ever listen to."
—Thunder telling Gray Wing to talk to Clear Sky The First Battle, page 33

"My mother died. I'm sad she's not here, but I don't have to face the world alone. Nor will Turtle Tail's kits."
—Thunder to Gray Wing The First Battle, page 220

"But we've spent so long defending unnecessary boundaries. And now you of all cats want to set them up again?"
—Thunder's disbelief at Gray Wing The Blazing Star (book), page 74

"Okay. But we drive One Eye out. We don't kill him. That would make us just as bad as he is."
—Thunder during the plan to get rid of One Eye The Blazing Star (book), page 103

Thunder: "You're right. Cats should only be here if they want. So I should leave."
Clear Sky: "Why?"
Thunder: "I can't stay another day watching cats I care about go hungry just because you order it."
Clear Sky: "I don't let my cats gorge themselves into a stupor for a reason. I want the prey in this forest to last until newleaf. I want enough to share when Gray Wing and the others decide to join our group. If we hunt too much now, they'll be nothing left. Just wait. You'll see I'm right."
Thunder: "That's all you care about, isn't it? Being right! You'd sacrifice every cat in this camp just to prove you're the smartest cat in the forest!"
Clear Sky: "That's not true!"
Leaf: "It is! Thunder's right. You don't care about preserving prey. You just want to look clever."
Thunder: "I won't disturb you or hunt near your camp. I'll live somewhere else in the forest—but I can't be part of your group anymore."
—Thunder leaving Clear Sky for his own camp A Forest Divided, pages 180-181

"You've done so much for me, Gray Wing. Let me do this for you."
—Thunder telling Gray Wing that he'll save Black Ear Path of Stars, page 275

"Unite or die! If we are to survive, we must act together. This dispute must be ended with words, not deeds."
—Thunder to the Clans at a Gathering Moth Flight's Vision, page 347

Lightning Tail: "I believe it's true. You've been the best leader I could have asked for, the strongest cat I know. StarClan will save you."
Thunderstar: "If I was a good leader, it's only because I had you to rely on. I could never have formed ThunderClan without you."
—Lightning Tail and Thunderstar before they die Thunderstar's Echo, page chapter 6

"I am Thunderstar. [...] Every leader faces difficult choices. And yours will be the most difficult of all. Know that whatever decision you make, you will have to carry it for the rest of your life. If you can do that, then it will be the right one."
—Thunderstar to Pinestar Pinestar's Choice, page chapter 5

"We must still watch over our Clans. This is a danger like none they have ever faced before."
—Thunder to the other leaders Long Shadows, page 3

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 2
  2. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 6
  3. Revealed in Thunder Rising, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Thunder Rising
  5. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 189
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 305
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 307
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 454
  10. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 5
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 22
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 4
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in The First Battle, page 27
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 30
  16. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 206
  17. Revealed in The First Battle, page 7
  18. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 5
  19. Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, chapter 3
  20. Revealed in The First Battle, page 263
  21. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, chapter 3
  22. Revealed in The First Battle, page 33
  23. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 182
  24. Revealed on Kate's Facebook.
  25. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 249
  26. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 39
  27. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  28. Revealed in the Warriors App
  29. Revealed in The First Battle, page 126
  30. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 486
  31. Revealed in The Blazing Star, pages 239-240
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