LionClan was named after Lionheart?! by Sparktooth

Sparktooth explores the possible connection between LionClan and Lioheart.

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What is up there, bloggers? Sparktooth has returned! I was reading a passage of Into the Wild, and I came across a couple paragraphs that made me pause for a second.

“‘Why can’t the Clans work together and share their hunting grounds, instead of fighting each other?’ Firepaw suggested boldly. Shocked silence greeted his words. Tigerclaw was the first to reply. ‘That is treacherous thinking, kittypet,’ he snapped. ‘Don’t be too fierce, Tigerclaw,’ warned Lionheart. ‘The ways of the Clans are new to this apprentice.’ He looked at Firepaw. ‘You speak from your heart, young Firepaw. This will make you a stronger warrior one day.’ Tigerclaw growled, ‘Or it’ll make him give in to kittypet weakness right at the moment of the attack.’” —Into the Wild, pg. 60.

I know a lot of you guys probably just scratched your head, confused. But here’s why this paragraph stood out to me. I was also looking at The Darkest Hour, and I realized there was a connection between that paragraph, Lionheart, and an important event in The Darkest Hour.

That passage from Into the Wild is very ironic. Tigerclaw, who is the most offended by Firepaw’s comment, tries again and again to make all four Clans one big Clan. When he created his version of TigerClan, he manipulated Leopardstar into thinking she was doing the right thing for her Clan and the forest by joining forces with him. Tigerstar then proceeds to show how much power he has, by giving all the ShadowClan cats important roles, claiming RiverClan are too soft. Firestar and Tallstar see this happening and refuse to join forces with him. It’s funny how when Firestar was an apprentice he suggested all the Clans join forces and Tigerclaw is disgusted by the idea, and later when they’re both leaders it’s the other way around.

Lionheart was the one who told Firepaw that speaking from his heart would make him stronger one day. When Firestar and Tallstar join forces to defeat TigerClan, they call themselves LionClan. Firestar knew in his heart that partnering up with WindClan would make them stronger in battle. When Tigerstar is killed by Scourge and the four Clans have to come together to defeat him and BloodClan; They are all four still called LionClan.

Not to mention, it takes a lot of courage to lead your Clan into battle, let alone all four. When Firestar received his nine lives from StarClan, Lionheart gave him courage, in hope he would use it well to defend his Clan. When Lionheart approaches Fireheart to give him the life, Fireheart was in awe of how he looked in the ranks of StarClan, and was reminded of how he looked up to the former deputy as an apprentice. He obviously saw Lionheart as some kind of role model.
So when Firestar lead the Clans into battle, he would fight until his last breath, like how Lionheart kept fighting in the battle with Shadowclan before he died. I know it never mentions in the books about him thinking of that, but I can’t help but wonder if that did happen. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that it was called LionClan, because lions are kind of known to be majestic, strong felines. However, I honestly think it was planned…somehow XD.

So that’s the end of this article. Did you ever even consider the fact LionClan was named after Lionheart? Were you surprised? Comment below if you think it was planned or not. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you read my next article! Peace! 😀

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Bluefire
Bluefire
January 23, 2018 12:47 am

Interesting theory, however didn’t they have a legend about the ‘first three clans’ being TigerClan, LionClan, and LeopardClan, and all cats are descendant from those clan? Plus Tigerstar called his fused clan TigerClan, so they might have been going off of the legend. Though that doesn’t make sense either, not really, because then where is LeopardClan? Firestar could’ve just as easily called his jointed clans LeopardClan, but he chose LionClan. So maybe Lionheart’s name did influence Firestar’s choice of ‘LionClan’ as the name for the multi-clan group.
Sorry, that was confusing =) Good article, though!

Sliverstream
Sliverstream
January 27, 2019 7:52 pm
Reply to  Bluefire

Very true your right 🙂

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♡ Moon (Moonbreeze) ♡
January 23, 2018 1:00 am

Nice article! That’s some good evidence too, and I never though of the name LionClan like that!


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Sliverstream
Sliverstream
January 27, 2019 7:54 pm

It can’t be true because LionClan is a legend clan like leopard clan and tiger clan

Wren that flies with feather(Wrenkit\feather)
Wren that flies with feather(Wrenkit\feather)
January 23, 2018 1:00 am

Great article but I think it was just a coincide. Since there are three legendary Clans:TigerClan,LionClan,and LeapardClan, TigerClan is taken and Leapardstar was with him,that only leaves LionClan.

Sedgeleap
Sedgeleap
January 23, 2018 7:32 pm

‘Leopard :’)


Cheetahspark
Cheetahspark
January 23, 2018 1:17 am

I think Lionheart was named after LionClan, because of all those qualities he has. I don’t know if you’ve read Omen of the Stars, but do you know how the Three were reincarnated from Ancient cats? Maybe Lionheart was reincarnated from a lion!!! idk just a thought

Sorrelpaw [Sorrelstream] aka Sorzi
Sorrelpaw [Sorrelstream] aka Sorzi
January 23, 2018 10:47 am
Reply to  Cheetahspark

Hey that’s interesting!


Sorzi (爱猫者)
Not coincidence

Silverstream
Silverstream
January 27, 2019 7:51 pm

It can be true because that a legend clan lion clan like and leopard cal and tiger clan

Foxtail (Foxie)
Foxtail (Foxie)
January 23, 2018 1:29 am

Huh, never even thought of that. But I like the idea! Interesting article, Sparktooth! Wow your mind is filled with so many ideas! (that’s a complicated btw 🙂😉)


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Sliverstream
Sliverstream
January 27, 2019 7:57 pm

It can be because the clan was before he was alive it is an legend clan like TigerClan leopardclan LionClan

Sky
Sky
January 23, 2018 2:30 am

Personally, I believe that Firestar named LionClan that because, in the ancient days, LionClan was known to be the opposite of TigerClan. So I believe that Firestar named LionClan for that. But this was an interesting article!

Lightningpaw
Lightningpaw
January 23, 2018 7:15 am

I think it was just because of the omen. The ‘lion and tiger will meet in battle and blood will rule the forest’ thing.


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Aster is Meowing for Chinese New Year!!! (Asterstorm/ Meowing Aster/ Astie)
January 23, 2018 9:37 am

Interesting article, but I think Lionclan is name after the mythical clan Lionclan. But there’s still a chance that the modern Lionclan is name after Lionheart. Maybe, a combination of the two reasons 😜. And if I follow your way of thinking, it’s possible that Tigerclan is name after Tigerstar 😹, and I think the clans use “Lionclan” instead of “Tigerclan” at last, is because Tigerclan reminds them of the evil Tigerstar.


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Sparktooth
Sparktooth
January 23, 2018 4:55 pm

Lol I forgot I had written this until I saw it posted. *Cringes at the article* 😛

Airloom
Airloom
January 29, 2018 11:47 pm

MIND BLOWN!! IT MAKES SENCE IF U THINK ABOUT IT!

Siberstream
Siberstream
January 27, 2019 8:00 pm
Reply to  Airloom

How he was not around then LionClan TigerClan leopardclan are legend clans so it make no sense Xd

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September 18, 2020 1:24 pm

Interesting!

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