|"I left you. [...] But now I've returned. I bring with me cats who will make our Clan strong again. Accept them as I accept you. Give them your loyalty as I give you mine. I am ready to lead you."|
|— Tigerstar to his Clanmates in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 410|
Tigerstar is the current leader of ShadowClan in the lake territories. He was born as Tigerkit to Rowanclaw and Tawnypelt alongside his littermates, Dawnkit and Flamekit. Although he was apprenticed to Oakfur, Tigerpaw stayed in ThunderClan with Brackenfur serving as his temporary mentor while ShadowClan was under Sol's influence; however, he went back to ShadowClan following Sol's banishment. After becoming a warrior, Tigerheart was chosen to go on a journey and became close to Dovewing, often meeting her at night thereafter. Despite training in the Dark Forest, Tigerheart fought for the Clans during the Great Battle, and soon after, Dovewing broke things off with him.
He mentored Sleekwhisker and became deputy after Crowfrost died, but struggled to uphold his father's demands of him. He sought refuge in ThunderClan when Darktail took over ShadowClan and became close with Dovewing again, whom was expecting his kits after the defeat of the Kin. Tigerheart followed Dovewing to the guardian cats, and they had three kits, Shadowkit, Pouncekit, and Lightkit. He journeyed back to the lake; however, he was fatally wounded by an owl and joined StarClan. Tigerheart was resurrected at the Moonpool as Tigerstar, receiving his nine lives and revitalized ShadowClan. He worked against Bramblestar's impostor, assisting with the rebels, and although he almost killed the impostor, Tigerstar imprisoned him after the battle and was vocal about killing him when his identity was revealed. He and Dovewing later had another litter of kits, Rowankit and Birchkit.
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- "Dawnpaw, you shouldn't listen to that dumb ol' patchy cat. He won't let us train to be warriors anymore. I want to fight for my Clan!"
- ―Tigerpaw grumbling about Sol Long Shadows, page 83
- "That doesn't mean I have to be like him. [Tigerstar] almost destroyed ShadowClan once before. I wasn't going to let him do it again!"
- ―Tigerheart to Thistleclaw during the Great Battle The Last Hope, page 292
- "Tigerstar only cares about what's best for Tigerstar. [...] He abandoned his Clan and kin when they needed him. Then he came back when it suited him. And his mate is no better. Dovewing broke the warrior code and had kits with a warrior from another Clan, and then left her own Clan to be with him and took her kits with her. [...] A leader is supposed to set an example for their Clan. What kind of example has Tigerstar set?"
- ―Sandynose to Frecklewish, Mintfur, and Violetshine about Tigerstar The Raging Storm, page 27
- Tigerheart returns to the Clans and reforms ShadowClan as its new leader. During his time away, Dovewing gave birth to their kits, Lightkit, Pouncekit, and Shadowkit, and he also brings Blaze, Ant, and Cinnamon, three Twolegplace cats, to become warriors, as well as several missing ShadowClan cats. Tigerstar takes on an aggressive stance against the other Clans in an effort to make ShadowClan strong and respected again, causing a conflict. He dismisses claims about his deputy, Juniperclaw, poisoning SkyClan's prey, and after Juniperclaw's death, he appoints Cloverfoot as his new deputy.
- "The time has come to attack! Getting rid of that mangy interloper is worth the risk. We can never be sure we're strong enough, but this is the right thing to do, even if we may not win! We are warriors! Are we afraid of a cat who doesn't even have his own body?"
- ―Tigerstar to the rebels Veil of Shadows, page 236
- He is proud of his son when he receives his full name and becomes annoyed and angry when Bramblestar demands Tigerstar punish his codebreakers. Tigerstar refuses to conform to Bramblestar's bullying and later learns from Squirrelflight that Bramblestar is an impostor and is shown the true Bramblestar's ghost from Rootpaw. Convinced, Tigerstar rallies ShadowClan against the impostor and gives Squirrelflight a place in ShadowClan. After more and more cats are exiled, Tigerstar finds an ally in Leafstar and helps her and Squirrelflight spearhead the resistance. During a battle instigated by the impostor, Tigerstar publicly exposes him and fights him one-on-one, nearly killing him before having him imprisoned in ShadowClan. After the impostor is revealed to be Ashfur, Tigerstar advocates for the dark warrior's death, insisting that killing him would help bring StarClan back. Squirrelflight fights against his decision until the Sisters fail to summon Bramblestar's ghost, proving to many that the leader is lost forever. The Clan leaders hold a vote on whether to kill Ashfur or not, and Tigerstar, Harestar, and Leafstar vote to kill him. However, when they arrive at Ashfur's den, Ashfur manages to escape before they can kill him. Tigerstar begrudgingly allows Shadowsight to enter the Dark Forest to defeat Ashfur and save his friends, and after Bramblestar's return and Ashfur's defeat, Bramblestar thanks Tigerstar for his dedication.
- He and Dovewing have a new litter of kits, Rowankit and Birchkit. Tigerstar and Dovewing repeatedly scold their daughter Lightleap for her increasing reckless behavior, and Tigerstar warning to Sunbeam to not cause trouble results in Sunbeam becoming hesitant to tell Tigerstar anything.
- "Spire had another vision. He heard a voice. A voice Spire said was for me. It gave him a message about Rowanstar. The voice said he needs me. It said he can't keep the shadows together. I can't ignore this sign. Rowanstar can't keep the Clan together. I have to go back. Please don't think I don't love you. You and the kits are the most important things in my life. But if I abandon my Clan now, when they need me, I will never forgive myself."
- ―Tigerheart to Dovewing before leaving the guardian cats Tigerheart's Shadow, pages 292-293
- Tigerheart realizes that Puddleshine's visions were fore sighting him as the true leader of ShadowClan and decides to take his family back to the Clans. Some of the guardian cats, Spire, Blaze, Ant, and Cinnamon, join him. On their way back, Tigerheart discovers Rippletail, Berryheart, Cloverfoot, and Sparrowtail hiding in a Twoleg nest, and he convinces them to return to ShadowClan with his patrol. Along the way, Tigerheart is killed by an owl after saving Hollowkit by suffering critical internal injuries, and he joins StarClan. However, Rowanclaw, now dead, informs his son that he is still needed in the living world, and after the patrol carries Tigerheart's body to the Moonpool, Tigerheart is resurrected with eight lives to reinstate ShadowClan, becoming Tigerstar. After being revived, Tigerstar is reunited with his family and Clanmates and leads them home.
- "It's just like ThunderClan to defend the enemies of ShadowClan."
- ―Tigerstar to Bramblestar Squirrelflight's Hope, page 152
- In Tawnypelt's Clan, Tigerstar appoints Tawnypelt as his deputy. She struggles to adjust to the new ShadowClan under Tigerstar's leadership. When Shadowkit has violent seizures accompanied by terrible visions of the Tribe of Rushing Water's destruction, Tawnypelt firmly believes Shadowkit is meant to go there. However, Tigerstar refuses, and Tawnypelt accuses him of not listening to any cat and acting like the original Tigerstar. While in the mountains, Rowanclaw appears to Tawnypelt in a dream and urges her to let Tigerstar find his footing as leader. After they return to the Clans, Tawnypelt steps down as Tigerstar's deputy, believing her son will need a younger deputy if ShadowClan is to survive the changes.
- Tigerstar is a big, sleek and thick-furred, dark brown tiger-striped tabby tom. He has a right torn ear, broad shoulders, a long tail, and dark amber eyes.
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|Tigerstar's leader ceremony|
|Reference: Tigerheart's Shadow, page 401-406|
Personality and Relationships
- Tigerstar is stubborn, passionate, and isn't afraid to act on what he believes is best for his Clanmates and family. Tigerstar has always had a strong bond with his family, and he and Dovewing are doting parents to their children. For more of Tigerstar's personality and relationships, click here!
- Tigerstar's parents are Rowanclaw and Tawnypelt. His mate is Dovewing, and Shadowsight, Lightleap, and Pouncestep are their children. For more of Tigerstar's family, click here!
- Dark River (First appearance; mentioned only)
- Long Shadows
- Sunrise (Mentioned only)
- 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 (Allegiance only)
- Bramblestar's Storm
- The Apprentice's Quest
- Thunder and Shadow
- Shattered Sky
- Darkest Night
- Tigerheart's Shadow †
- River of Fire †
- Tawnypelt's Clan
- Spotfur's Rebellion
- The Raging Storm
- Squirrelflight's Hope
- Lost Stars
- The Silent Thaw
- Veil of Shadows
- Darkness Within
- Graystripe's Vow (Allegiance only)
- Daisy's Kin (Allegiance only)
- The Place of No Stars
- A Light in the Mist
- Battles of the Clans
- The Ultimate Guide (Mentioned only)
- Did you know Tigerstar is the second known cat to be resurrected by StarClan, falling behind Windstar? For more trivia about Tigerstar, click here!
Notes and references
- Revealed in Dark River, allegiances
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 35
- Revealed in Long Shadows, page 89
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 24
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 83
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 14
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, pages 401-406
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 405
- Before he was resurrected, Tigerheart's residence was in StarClan.
- Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 75
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 401
- Revealed in Long Shadows, page 77
- Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 335
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 410
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 149
- Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 406
- Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
- Revealed in Long Shadows, page 90
- Revealed in Night Whispers, page 17
- Revealed in Night Whispers, page 261
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 295
- Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 290
- Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 10
- Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 190
- Revealed in Long Shadows, page 196
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 251
- Revealed in Night Whispers, page 76
- Revealed in Outcast, page 128
- Revealed on the cover of Shadow
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 111
- Revealed in Night Whispers, page 96
- Revealed in The Last Hope, page 105
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 402
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 403
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 404
|Medicine cats||Puddleshine • Shadowsight|
|Warriors||Snowbird • Tawnypelt • Scorchfur • Berryheart • Sparrowtail • Grassheart • Stonewing • Yarrowleaf • Slatefur • Whorlpelt • Snaketooth • Flowerstem • Blazefire • Gullswoop • Pouncestep • Lightleap • Spireclaw • Hollowspring • Sunbeam • Flaxfoot • Hopwhisker • Fringewhisker|
|Queens||Dovewing • Cinnamontail|
|Kits||Rowankit • Birchkit • Firkit • Streamkit • Bloomkit • Whisperkit|
|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|