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This page contains Yellowfang's personality and relationships. It contains conjecture due to being based off of general novel themes, and all statements must be sourced.


Yellowfang is a cranky, grumpy, and harsh old she-cat. She is not afraid to scold anyone and everyone, and is almost never in a good mood. However, on the inside, she does care for some cats, and is willing to do what she thinks is right.[1]


Brightflower, Brackenfoot, and Silverflame

Yellowfang cares for her mother and father, and they are proud of her. She often confides in her grandmother, Silverflame, and is devastated when she dies. However, Silverflame later visits Yellowfang from StarClan to give her advice.[2] However, Brightflower and Brackenfoot did not hesitate to believe Brokenstar when he lied about Yellowfang killing her younger siblings.[3]

Nutwhisker and Rowanberry

Yellowfang has a good relationship with her siblings, and they become apprentices and warriors together. Yellowfang and Rowanberry often exchange friendly teasing and talks, and both Nutwhisker and Rowanberry support Yellowfang when she is accused of murdering Mintkit and Marigoldkit, their younger siblings.[2]


Yellowfang: "This is my destiny. You cannot change it."
Raggedpelt: "No. But you could."
—Raggedpelt to Yellowfang Yellowfang's Secret, page 297
As a kit and a young apprentice, Yellowfang thinks that Raggedstar is stuck-up and mean. However, they soon began to grow fond of each other, despite the arguments they often have. They have become mates when Yellowfang decides to become a medicine cat. Raggedstar feels betrayed, and is cold and ignorant of Yellowfang after this. However, Yellowfang soon reveals to him that she is expecting his kits, and Raggedstar is delighted, not for her, but for the potential children he might get. After the kits are born, Raggedstar takes the only surviving one, Brokenkit, away from Yellowfang, and tells her to forget that she gave birth to his kits. When Raggedstar realizes his mistake in making Brokentail deputy, he comes to Yellowfang for help, only to have her tell him that it’s his problem and that she doesn’t have a son.[2]

Hopekit and Wishkit

"Another dreadful certainty began to gather inside Yellowfang. She tried as long as she could, licking and licking the weak she-kit, but her breathing only got shallower and shallower, until finally it stopped altogether. Her tail twitched once and was still. Yellowfang buried her nose in the tiny scrap of fur, feeling grief crash down on her. It was a clear sign from StarClan."
—Narrator about Yellowfang and her kit Yellowfang's Secret, page 207
Yellowfang’s two she-kits are never meant to survive. One is born dead, and the other passes away mere moments after it’s birth. Yellowfang grieves heavily for the kits, and knows it is a sign from StarClan for the mistakes she has made.[4]


"Fear flooded through Yellowfang, making her shiver with cold. Maybe this kit wasn’t meant to survive either, she thought. A kit born with so much anger in him could only mean trouble for the Clan. Her fear surged higher as she remembered her dream, and the dire warning spoken by the black StarClan cat. Is this the cat who will bring fire and blood to the forest?'"
—Yellowfang thinking about what the hateful expression on Brokenkit’s face means Yellowfang's Secret, page 207
As soon as Brokenstar is born, Yellowfang knows that he is a punishment from StarClan. The very first expression he makes is one of hate, far greater than a newborn kit should be able to feel. Yellowfang tries to convince herself that he is just a kit, and could do no harm. However, she soon learns that he is greedy for power, and would kill anyone to get it. His violent and destructive nature is apparent in everything he does, and Yellowfang blames herself for bringing him into the world. Brokenstar kills his own kin, Marigoldkit and Mintkit, and blames it on Yellowfang so that he can exile her.[2] Yellowfang later confronts her son again, when he is invading ThunderClan, and she blinds him in the battle, taking one of his lives.[5] Brokentail is then sheltered by ThunderClan, but he conspires with Tigerclaw to attack the Clan that is protecting him. In the battle, Yellowfang wounds him so badly that he loses another life. She then takes him into the medicine den and says that she’s going to treat his wounds. She instead feeds him deathberries, and he loses his final life, his tyranny finally ending.[6] However, Brokenstar comes back on the side of the Dark Forest in the Great Battle, where Yellowfang ends him once and for all by killing him once more, and his spirit fades, never to return again.[7]


"You’re a brave warrior, Fireheart. I could not be prouder of you if you were my own son. And StarClan knows how many times I have wished that you were, instead of Brokentail."
—Yellowfang to Fireheart as she is dying Rising Storm, page 192
After Yellowfang is exiled from ShadowClan, she wanders into ThunderClan territory and collapses there. Firepaw finds her, and she attacks him, but she is too weak to defeat him. Firepaw lets her live, and fetches prey for her. ThunderClan takes Yellowfang in, and Firepaw takes care of her. Yellowfang develops affection for Firepaw, and Firepaw begins to grow fond of the old she-cat. Yellowfang then becomes ThunderClan’s medicine cat because Spottedleaf has recently been killed.[1] When a fire sweeps through ThunderClan’s camp, Fireheart tries in vain to save Yellowfang. As Yellowfang lies dying, she tells Fireheart that she wishes she could have borne a son like him.[8]


"I think I might keep her with me a while longer. She’s becoming more useful every day. Besides, I’m getting used to her company."
—Yellowfang about Cinderpaw Fire and Ice, page 193
When Cinderpaw is injured on the Thunderpath, Yellowfang treats her in the medicine den, and Cinderpaw becomes a medicine cat apprentice under Yellowfang. They form a close bond, and Yellowfang has said that Cinderpaw is the only cat she can get along with.[5] After a couple moons of training, Yellowfang knows that Cinderpaw is ready for her medicine cat name, but doesn’t want to take her to the Moonstone for fear of StarClan rejecting them for Yellowfang’s actions. However, when she does go to the Moonstone, StarClan is not mad with her, and allows Cinderpaw to receive her medicine cat name. Yellowfang is glad and relieved, happy that Cinderpelt was not affected by Yellowfang’s past mistakes.[9] When Yellowfang dies, Cinderpelt is distraught, and mourns for her mentor.[8]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Into the Wild
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret
  3. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, chapter 39
  4. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, chapter 25
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice
  6. Revealed in Forest of Secrets
  7. Revealed in The Last Hope
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Rising Storm
  9. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, manga
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