A Powerful Family by Cherrypaw

Art by WaivesOfWealth

Cherrypaw takes a look at a family who held a lot of power throughout the series.

In this article, I will be taking a look at lineage that struck me as I was eating dinner one night!


Oakstar was an ancient ThunderClan leader during Mapleshade’s life. His son, Birchface, was killed indirectly by Appledusk, which is the reason why he drove Mapleshade out. His mate was Sweetbriar, and they had another son: Pinestar.


Pinestar was the ThunderClan leader curing most of Bluestar’s apprentice-and-warrior life. He is remembered because he left his Clan to become a kittypet. He left his mate, Leopardfoot, and son, Tigerkit, who became Tigerstar I.

Tigerstar I

Tigerstar is remembered as one of the evilest cats to walk the forest. He murdered Redtail and Runningwind and ordered Stonefur’s death. He tried to kill Bluestar in order to take over and would have murdered Ravenpaw if not for Firestar and Graystripe. He lured a pack of dogs to ThunderClan’s camp, resulting in Brindleface’s death. He brought Scourge and BloodClan to take over the forest. Tigerstar was a very— let’s say memorable— cat. He also had five kits: Hawkfrost, Mothwing, Tawnypelt, Tadpole, and Bramblestar.


Bramblestar is the current leader of ThunderClan. he is the fourth and current last in the line of leaders in this family, from Oakstar to Pinestar to Tigerstar to Bramblestar. He is remembered for journeying to the sun-drown-place to find Midnight and bringing the four Clans to their new lake home. He also forgave Squirrelflight, his mate, for lying about Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather (the original Three) being his kits. His son Alderheart also went on a quest to find SkyClan, but found instead Darktail.

Honourable Mentions of this family:

Mapleshade: one of the worst villains in the series, murdering three cats in life, Spottedleaf in death, training many cats in the Dark Forest her sinful ways, and tormenting Crookedtsar throughout his life. Became evil after driven out by Oakstar.

Sunstar: He was thrust into leadership after Pinestar’s sudden leaving. Sunstar had the idea to tell RiverClan Sunningrocks belonged to ThunderClan, and take it with words rather than claws. This worked, and one more battle over Sunningrocks was avoided.

Hawkfrost: This cat was Tigerstar’s RiverClan son. He tried to murder Firestar after training in the Dark Forest with TIgerstar I. He was killed by his half-brother, then Brambleclaw, instead of Bramblclaw killing Firestar.

Mothwing: Tigerstar’s RiverClan daughter: the medicine cat who doesn’t believe in StarClan.

Tawnypelt: She was compared to Tigerstar by her Clanmates, so she left ThunderClan and joined ShadowClan. Tigerstar’s daughter. She also journeyed to the sun-drown-place with Brambleclaw, Crowpaw, Squirrelpaw, Stormfur, and Feathertail.

The Three: Bramblestar’s longtime foster kits. The Three: Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather, held power over even StarClan. Lionblaze was invincible in battle and Jayfeather could read minds. When Dovewing joined The Three, she could see farther than any cat.

This family includes many of the most powerful cats of the Warriors universe.

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