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"When I lead ShadowClan, I'll be better than either of them, he promised himself. [...] Whatever he did, he wouldn't make Tigerstar's or Brokenstar's mistakes."
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"Friendship is worthless. You have learned an important lesson, one that I could have never taught you. But I will teach you much more. There'll come a day when you'll be so powerful, you'll have no need for friends. And when that day comes, I promise you will never regret that you chose to be a warrior."
— Tigerstar to Lionpaw in Dark River, page 322

Tigerstar is a dark brown tabby tom with unusually long claws,[3] and amber eyes.[28]

Tigerstar was a ShadowClan leader in the forest territories, formerly the ThunderClan deputy under Bluestar who was exiled for his attempted murder of his leader. Tigerkit was born to Pinestar and Leopardfoot alongside his sisters, Nightkit and Mistkit, who died after birth. Tigerpaw was apprenticed to Thistleclaw, who nurtured his ambition, and after becoming a warrior, Tigerclaw yearned for leadership. He became the mentor of Darkstripe, and during a battle over Sunningrocks, Tigerclaw murdered Redtail, the Clan deputy, in hopes of receiving his position, though the act was witnessed by his apprentice, Ravenpaw. Following Lionheart's death, Tigerclaw achieved becoming deputy. He and his mate, Goldenflower, had two kits, Bramblekit and Tawnykit.

Tigerclaw was exiled after conspiring with Brokenstar and his rogues to murder Bluestar. After ShadowClan was weakened during Nightstar's leadership, Tigerclaw became leader as Tigerstar after Runningnose received an omen. He later met a former kittypet, Sasha, and although the two grew close, she chose not to join ShadowClan, and unbeknownst to him, she had his kits, Moth, Hawk, and Tadpole. Tigerstar later co-led TigerClan with Leopardstar; however, he took complete control when he ordered Blackfoot and Darkstripe to kill Stonefur, RiverClan's half-Clan deputy. Though he recruited Scourge to help him defeat the Clans, he was killed by the BloodClan leader, losing all of his nine lives. In the Dark Forest, Tigerstar trained cats in their dreams such as Hawkfrost, Brambleclaw, and Lionblaze, in hopes to have them on his side. He eventually faded after being slain by Firestar in the Great Battle.


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The Prophecies Begin

"Keep your eyes open, Fireheart. Keep your ears pricked. Keep looking behind you. Because one day I'll find you, and then you'll be crow-food."
―Tigerclaw threatening Fireheart Forest of Secrets, page 324
Tigerclaw is a senior warrior of ThunderClan under the leadership of Bluestar. He has an apprentice named Ravenpaw. Tigerclaw is extremely scornful of Firepaw, a former kittypet, and constantly taunts him about his heritage. Firepaw initially respects Tigerclaw, but quickly realizes that he cannot trust him. It is revealed to Firepaw and Graypaw by Ravenpaw that Tigerclaw murdered Redtail, the ThunderClan deputy, in battle. To keep his terrible secret, Tigerclaw threatens to "quiet" Ravenpaw so that the truth will never be revealed. Firepaw and Graypaw bring Ravenpaw to Barley, a loner, so that he will be safe from Tigerclaw. Tigerclaw appears to mourn for Ravenpaw after he thinks he is dead, but is secretly relieved that the apprentice is gone. Around this time, he becomes mates with Goldenflower who gives birth to Bramblekit and Tawnykit.
Tigerclaw becomes Bluestar's deputy after Lionheart dies in battle. However, this position of power isn't enough to satisfy him, and he schemes to murder Bluestar so that he can become leader. He plots with Brokenstar, a ThunderClan prisoner at the time, and gets rogues to attack the camp. His treachery is finally revealed when he attempts to murder Bluestar himself, but Fireheart stops him. He is exiled, swearing vengeance against Fireheart and leaves ThunderClan behind.
Tigerclaw takes over as leader of ShadowClan since they are left without a leader after Nightstar suddenly dies. He appoints the former rogue, Blackfoot, as his deputy. Although he is pleased with his leadership position, his quest for revenge is still unfulfilled. He leads a vicious dog pack to Sunningrocks and plans to use them to wipe out ThunderClan. He feeds them and eventually slaughters the ThunderClan queen, Brindleface, to give the dogs a taste for cat blood. However, his plan is thwarted after ThunderClan finds out about the dogs, and they lead the dogs over the edge of the gorge to drown.
His quest for revenge still unfulfilled, Tigerstar goes to Scourge and BloodClan to help him take over the whole forest and force every Clan into submission. They agree to help in exchange for territory and prey. ShadowClan unites with RiverClan during this time, becoming TigerClan, with Leopardstar and Tigerstar as co-leaders. Before the battle against BloodClan, Tigerstar is killed by Scourge with a devastating blow that rips all nine lives away from him at once.

The New Prophecy

"I have learned to walk in the paths of their dreams. And I have time. All the time in the world. When they have destroyed that mangy kittypet, I'll make them leaders of their Clans, and show them what true power is."
―Tigerstar to Darkstripe about his sons Sunset, pages 3-4
Tigerstar joins the Dark Forest for his treachery. He discovers a way to train other cats in their dreams, starting with his sons, Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost. Originally, he portrays himself as the father who had found redemption, but eventually shows his true nature by coaching them to take over the Clans. He orders Hawkfrost to help Brambleclaw kill Firestar, but Brambleclaw refuses and saves Firestar's life, turning his back on Tigerstar and his ways. Hawkfrost is killed by Brambleclaw and joins Tigerstar in the Dark Forest.

Power of Three

"It was Tigerstar's ambition that destroyed him. If he had been willing to wait for power to come to him, he would've been the greatest leader in the forest."
―Longtail about Tigerstar Outcast, page 28
Tigerstar continues to walk in the Dark Forest, this time, with his equally ambitious son for company. He attempts to train Jaypaw, Brambleclaw's son, but when he fails, he turns to train Lionpaw. This time, he succeeds, guiding Lionpaw through his training and preparing him for battle, until Lionblaze also turns his back on Tigerstar after realizing that he knew his true parentage all along.

Omen of the Stars

"Every moment. The moment Bluestar found you, I became nothing! I have waited all this time to have my revenge! When you're dead, I can rule the Clans or kill them."
―Tigerstar to Firestar The Last Hope, page chapter 27
As time passes, the Dark Forest recruits more trainees, and they plot to take over the Clans, seeking revenge on the cats who had wronged them. Tigerstar is shown to be a head figure of the Dark Forest army. The final conflict takes place during the Great Battle, Tigerstar against Firestar, which had been brewing ever since Firestar stepped into the forest as a kittypet. Tigerstar seemed to have gotten the advantage at the beginning of the battle, and Graystripe tries to intervene, but is stopped and told that it is "Firestar's fight". Firestar retaliates and snaps Tigerstar's neck, as he vanishes forever.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Tigerstar's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

In Bluestar's Prophecy, Tigerkit is born to Leopardfoot and Pinestar alongside his sisters, Mistkit and Nightkit. The entire litter is extremely frail and sickly, and both of Tigerkit's sisters die shortly after birth. However, he grows strong and survives. Goosefeather receives a prophecy about the young kit and how dangerous he would become later in life, and after telling Pinestar, his father wishes he was never born. Pinestar later leaves his Clan to become a kittypet, causing Tigerkit to develop a bitter hatred for kittypets.
Tigerpaw is apprenticed to Thistleclaw. As an apprentice, he is very aggressive and enjoys fighting. Thistleclaw nurtures the young tom's ambitions and hunger for power because he desires to become deputy himself. He even encourages Tigerpaw to attack a defenseless kit on ThunderClan territory. That kit would later grow up to be the fearsome BloodClan leader, Scourge.


This section summarizes Tigerstar's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

In Redtail's Debt, as a new warrior, Tigerclaw saves Redpaw from a hawk. As payment for saving his life, Tigerclaw insists that Redpaw owes him his life. Later, while on a patrol, Tigerclaw and Redtail come across Sorrelpaw, a WindClan apprentice who accidentally strayed across the border. Tigerclaw orders Redtail to teach her a lesson, and after her mentor, Stagleap, reprimands them, Redtail begins to realize how dangerously aggressive Tigerclaw really is. The two continue to get into arguments as time progresses, and Tigerclaw resents Redtail for becoming deputy. He considers Redtail a weak deputy for refusing to get into conflicts with the other Clans. During an invasion of Sunningrocks, Tigerclaw kills Redtail in order to get him out of the way.
In Tigerclaw's Fury, after leaving ThunderClan, Tigerclaw becomes a rogue and befriends several others including Snag and Mowgli. With their help, Tigerclaw then begins to think about how he will get his revenge on ThunderClan. After learning about the sickness in ShadowClan from former warriors, Tigerclaw agrees to let his group assist the ailing Clan by providing food. During a hunting patrol on ThunderClan territory, he kills Runningwind. When a fire breaks out in ThunderClan's camp, Tigerclaw rushes over and witnesses Fireheart saving his son, Bramblekit. After Nightstar, the ill leader of ShadowClan, dies without naming a deputy, Tigerclaw urges Runningnose to trust in his instincts and choose a new leader. Runningnose chooses Tigerclaw after witnessing shadows like tiger stripes appear in the camp, and Tigerclaw gladly rises as the new leader of ShadowClan.

Tigerstar and Sasha

Tigerstar meets Sasha, a rogue, while on a hunting patrol. Impressed, he offers to properly train her, and the two meet up night after night. He argues with her when he discovers she is a former kittypet and later saves her from foxes. Tigerstar is injured, and Sasha takes him to her den to rest. He lies about his past in ThunderClan and offers Sasha a place in ShadowClan. While she thinks about it, she overhears him plotting to take over all the Clans and realizes he lied to her. Sasha refuses to join ShadowClan, and Tigerstar, who truly loved her, scolds her coldly for throwing away her 'destiny' as his mate.
Unbeknownst to Tigerstar, Sasha bears his kits, Tadpole, Hawk, and Moth. Russetfur tells Sasha how Tigerstar was killed in a battle, and Sasha, despite being relieved he is gone forever, mourns for him. She leaves her kits with RiverClan, realizing their place is with the Clans, and makes the promise to never reveal who their father is.

Detailed description

Tigerstar is a massive,[29] tall,[30] sturdy,[31] heavy,[32] thick-furred,[33] dark brown tabby tom. He has unusually long,[3] sharp[34] front claws,[3] a broad chest[35] and shoulders,[36] and wide,[14] pale[37] amber eyes.[28] His right ear[38][note 1] is split in a deep "V" shape near the top, along with a scar on the bridge of his nose,[39] and his pelt is criss-crossed with long battle scars.[40]

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This list shows the victims Tigerstar has killed:


Tigerpaw's apprentice ceremony
Sunstar: Tigerkit is six moons old and more than ready to begin his training. From this day, until he earns his warrior name, he shall be known as Tigerpaw. Thistleclaw will be his mentor.
Everyone: Tigerpaw! Tigerpaw!
Reference: Bluestar's Prophecy, page 385

Tigerclaw's warrior ceremony
Sunstar: From this moment, you will be known as Tigerclaw. ThunderClan honors your courage and your skill at fighting, and we welcome you as a warrior. May StarClan light your path, always.
Everyone: Tigerclaw! Whitestorm!
Reference: Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 9

Tigerclaw's deputy ceremony
Bluestar: I say these words before the body of Lionheart, so that his spirit may hear and approve my choice. I have not forgotten how one cat avenged the death of Redtail and brought his body back to us. ThunderClan needs this fearless loyalty even more now. Tigerclaw will be the new deputy of ThunderClan.
Reference: Into the Wild, pages 198-199

Tigerstar's leader ceremony
Cedarstar: I am Cedarstar. Welcome.
Littlebird: Victory isn't everything. Sometimes peace brings greater rewards. I give you a life for compassion. Try to understand what is important to other cats, not just yourself, and let that guide your paws. Be strong, Tigerclaw. It takes more courage than you know to feel what other cats do.
Tigerclaw: Thank you, Littlebird.
Badgerfang: I am Badgerfang!
Tigerclaw: Are you sure? You're the smallest warrior I've ever seen!
Badgerfang: I died as Badgerpaw when I was four moons old. Brokenstar forced me and my littermates to fight in battles before we should even have become apprentices. But I fought bravely and gave my life to save my Clan. Because of that, my mentor, Flintfang, said I could choose my warrior name.
Tigerclaw: Fine. So what life can you give me?
Badgerfang: Be patient. Your lives will come as we wish to give them, not as you wish to receive them. I give you a life for training your young cats wisely. Train them when they are strong enough to survive their first battle, and encourage them to listen to many cats, including the elders, to learn the most from their Clanmates' histories.
Tigerclaw: Pinestar!
Pinestar: Yes, although that is not the name I had when I died.
Tigerclaw: Because you were a kittypet.
Pinestar: That was my choice for my final life. But I walk with our ancestors for tonight to give you a life for being aware of what goes on beyond Clan borders. There are good cats everywhere, Tigerclaw. Do not forget that.
Tigerclaw: I will be loyal to my Clanmates above all others.
Whitetail: You won't know me, Tigerclaw. My name is Whitetail. I walked in these woods long ago, before you were even dreamed of. But if we had met before, would you have noticed me, I wonder? I give you a life for understanding that size isn't everything. Strength does not always mean power, and you should respect your enemies, whatever they look like. Beware the small cats.
Sedgestar: I give you a life for pride in ShadowClan, knowing they can stand alone through any challenge. ShadowClan needs no allegiances, no help from other Clans when times are hard. Your cats will always find a way to survive if you give them a chance, Tigerclaw.
Flowerstar: I give you a life for placing all your faith in StarClan. Trust your warrior ancestors, let them guide you when all seems dark, and honor them with your loyalty for all your lives.
Redscar: Listen to StarClan, but do not let that deafen you to your own senses. I give you a life for trusting your own instincts as well. StarClan will guide you, but only you, as leader, can steer the paws of your Clanmates.
Mossheart: I give you a life for mercy, for knowing that victory can leave both cats standing. Your opponent may have been the lesser cat in this battle, but he deserves to live and have a chance to try again. Mercy brings strength, remember that.
Cedarstar: I should never have appointed Raggedstar as my deputy. All this trouble goes back to that moment. If only I had known what lay ahead... I give you a life for farsightedness, for understanding what the results of your actions might be, however distant in the future. It will be the hardest and most lonely part of your duty as leader, Tigerclaw, but essential to keep your Clan safe. Do not rush into anything. Look forward, and choose the path that leads to where you would want your Clanmates to be.
Tigerclaw: But Cedarstar, where are my lives for courage? For strength in battle and revenge on my enemies?
Cedarstar: You bring enough courage, strength, and vengeance in yourself. It is the duty of StarClan to give you lives for what you might lack, to make your leadership fair for all the cats in your care.
Tigerclaw: Thank you, Cedarstar.
Cedarstar: Welcome, Tigerstar! Lead ShadowClan well with all of your lives!
StarClan: Welcome, Tigerstar! Tigerstar! Tigerstar!
Reference: The Ultimate Guide, pages 90-96

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Personality and Relationships

Tigerstar was ambitious, manipulative, and fearless in battle. Tigerstar developed a bitter hatred for Firestar, and he haunted his sons while orchestrating his revenge in the Dark Forest. His legacy continues to cast a dark shadow over the Clans. For more of Tigerstar's personality and relationships, click here!


Tigerstar was the only surviving son of Pinestar and Leopardfoot. His sisters, Mistkit and Nightkit, died not long after birth. Tigerstar fathered Bramblestar and Tawnypelt with Goldenflower while in ThunderClan, and fathered Hawkfrost, Mothwing and Tadpole with Sasha while he was ShadowClan's leader. For more of Tigerstar's family, click here!



Did you know Victoria Holmes intended to originally name him Hammerclaw instead of Tigerclaw? For more trivia about Tigerstar, click here!


"May StarClan walk your path! Thanks for rescuing me! ShadowClan will always be my friends! One day I'll help you, too!"
―Tigerkit to the ShadowClan patrol that saved him from a fox Code of the Clans, page 122

"That cat should not have survived. This was never meant to happen."
―Goosefeather about Tigerkit Bluestar's Prophecy, page 394

"And so many deaths. First Redtail, then Lionheart. I thank StarClan at least the warriors we have left are strong and loyal like them. At least with Tigerclaw as deputy, ThunderClan may still be able to defend itself. There was a time, when Tigerclaw was a young warrior, that I feared for the strength of his passion. Such energy can need careful channeling. But now I am proud to see how much respect the Clan has for him. I know he is ambitious, but his ambition makes him one of the bravest cats I have ever had the honor to fight alongside."
―Bluestar after naming Tigerclaw deputy Into the Wild, pages 228-229

Tigerclaw: "Remember me to StarClan, Bluestar."
Bluestar: "Tigerclaw, what is this? I'm the leader of your Clan, or have you forgotten?"
Tigerclaw: "Not for much longer. I'm going to kill you, and kill you again. As many times as it takes for you to join StarClan forever. It's time for me to lead this Clan!"
—Tigerclaw attempting to murder Bluestar Forest of Secrets, pages 273-274
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"You know already that I will kill you one day. Your last breath will be gasped beneath my paws. Your last drop of blood will be spilled on my fur. Stones will break and the sky will fall when we meet in our final battle."
―Tigerclaw about him and Fireheart Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 1

"If he had to fight every battle alone, he would not give up! Even with an army of shadows, he would still win!"
―Narrator about Tigerclaw Tigerclaw's Fury, page Chapter 3

"If mercy is power, then I have never been more powerful."
―Tigerclaw about helping ShadowClan Tigerclaw's Fury, page Chapter 4

"Don’t mistake this for caring about my former Clanmates. I want the satisfaction of destroying them myself, not watching them burn like trapped rabbits."
―Tigerclaw about ThunderClan and the forest fire Tigerclaw's Fury, page Chapter 9

"The cats you're talking about poison the Clans with their impure blood! How can warriors be strong if they don't know where their loyalties lie?"
―Tigerstar to Sasha on half-Clan and non-Clanborn cats Escape from the Forest, page 3

"You see, Firestar? I am even more powerful than StarClan, for I have changed the Clans in the forest from four to two. TigerClan and BloodClan will rule together."
―Tigerstar to Firestar the day he dies The Darkest Hour, page 227

"All traitors deserve to die!"
―Tigerstar to Lionblaze Long Shadows, page 50

Tigerstar: "Not yet. We will meet in battle. But not until you've watched every one of your Clan die."
Firestar: "The battle's over!"
Tigerstar: "The Dark Forest is endless. It has more warriors than you could ever imagine. The battle is just beginning."
Dovewing: "But Brokenstar and Hawkfrost are dead! Why would they fight now? They have no leader."
Tigerstar: "They have me."
Firestar: "You're no leader, Tigerstar. You never were."
Tigerstar: "I'm a better leader than you could ever be."
Firestar: "A leader puts his Clan first. Instead, your Clanmates are made to fight your battles, not theirs."
Tigerstar: "Real warriors love battle. I give them a chance to die for a cause."
Firestar: "And what have all your battles been for, Tigerstar? What cause is worth the lives of so many warriors?"
Tigerstar: "Defeating you, of course."
Firestar: "You haven't defeated me yet."
Tigerstar: "That's why I'm here."
Firestar: "The Dark Forest cats won't follow you. They know now they can't beat the Clans. They won't try again."
Tigerstar: "I don't need them. I only have to beat you. Then I can pick off your Clanmates one by one, moon after moon, till there's no one left."
Firestar: "I'm never going to let you harm another of my cats, not ever."
Tigerstar: "Then you're going to have to kill me."
Firestar: "Has it been worth it, Tigerstar? All the hate? All the death?"
Tigerstar: "Every moment. The moment Bluestar found you, I became nothing! I have waited all this time to have my revenge! When you're dead, I can rule the Clans or kill them."
Firestar: "I will not die until the forest is safe from you. You lived like a rogue. You can die like a rogue."
—Tigerstar and Firestar's final confrontation The Last Hope, page chapter 27

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  1. In every depiction of Tigerstar with his injured ear, it shows the right ear being the one with the V-split.[38]

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 324
  2. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 230
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 315
  5. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 136
  6. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 1
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 260
  8. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 234
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 233
  10. Revealed in The Last Hope, chapter 27
  11. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 385
  13. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 94
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 199
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 6
  16. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 184
  17. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 5
  18. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 52
  19. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 39
  20. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 56
  21. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 98
  22. Revealed in Dark River, page 322
  23. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page prologue
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 74
  25. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 261
  26. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 297
  27. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 3
  29. Revealed in Sunset, page 1
  30. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 108
  31. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 150
  32. Revealed in Sunrise, page 8
  33. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 185
  34. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 46
  35. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, page 36
  36. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 6
  37. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 151
  38. 38.0 38.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 72
  39. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 45
  40. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 256
  41. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 40
  42. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 183
  43. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 75
  44. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 287
  45. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 311
  46. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 172
  47. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 207
  48. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 327
  49. 49.0 49.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 91
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 92
  51. 51.0 51.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 93
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 52.3 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 94
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 95
  54. 54.0 54.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 96