Hal and Tom: are they one and the same? by Echomist

Echomist takes a look at Hal and Tom.

Art by Tommyriot on Twitter

Hellooooooooooooooo…
Echomist here! Just a quick reminder that I used to be called Moonmist, so if anyone is pondering over us being one and the same, we are. I would do a smiley face emoji but you can’t do that on a computer. *frowny face emoji*
MAJOR SPOILERS FOR YELLOWFANG’S SECRET AND DAWN OF THE CLANS! STARTING NOW! SO IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ THOSE TWO, I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO STOP READING!
No, seriously. They are good books and if you haven’t read them, only go further than this if you are absolutely sure that you want spoilers.
Like, absolutely sure.
This article is an article about Hal and Tom; could they be the same cat?
Very possible. Here is why.

Hal lives near the forest territories. We know this because when Yellowpaw and Raggedpelt go to find him, it doesn’t take many moons. It takes one night.
“There was a forest cat hanging around here a while ago. Her name might have been Featherstorm. I haven’t seen her in ages though.” A cat in the Twolegplace to Yellowpaw and Raggedpelt, page 100, Yellowfang’s Secret
Tom also lives near there. We know this because he takes Owl Eyes, Sparrow Fur and Pebble Heart with him to his Twolegs and it didn’t take a million years do so.
“This IS their home.” Tom to Thunder and Lightning Tail about the kits, page 180, The First Battle

Hal is a horrible mouse-heart. We know this because he mocks Raggedpelt, forcing the ShadowClan warrior to kill him. Honestly, he got what he deserved.
“A ShadowClan warrior with kittypet blood in his veins. Will your so-called Clanmates ever forget that?” Hal taunting Raggedpelt, page 198, Yellowfang’s Secret
Tom is also a horrible mouse-heart. We know this because (alert! alert! Huge list coming up in five… four… three… two… one…) He kidnapped (or should I say KITnapped ha ha) his own kits,
He supported One Eye,
He was just generally horrible to all of the mountain cats,
And he hurt Bumble.
I couldn’t choose one quote so I will do two.
“He’s been bullying me; he swipes and scratches at me, but he’s clever enough to do it where the Twolegs won’t notice unless they look really hard.” Bumble to Gray Wing and Turtle Tail about Tom, page 111, Thunder Rising
“Perhaps I should persuade my Twolegs to keep him. It will be fun having him locked up inside with me for the night.” Tom to Thunder and Lightning Tail about Lightning Tail, page 204, The First Battle

Hal is a horrible father. He was never there for Raggedpelt and Scorchwind, and when Raggedpelt asked him if he was his father, he denied it! Not cool, Hal.
“You have no idea what it’s been like, growing up without a father.” Raggedpelt to Hal, page 198, Yellowfang’s Secret
Tom is also a horrible father. I mean, what kind of father kidnaps his own kits? I don’t know what Turtle Tail sees in him. There is a much nicer (and more deserving) cat right under her nose *cough cough Gray Wing cough cough cough cough *. Would have done a smiley face emoji there, but can’t do that on a computer.
“I made a mistake. Tom seemed strong and friendly, I thought I could move on and make a new life with him. But when he realised I was expecting kits, he… he changed.” Turtle Tail about Tom, I don’t know what page, I don’t know what book. Probably Thunder Rising or The First Battle or something like that.

Hal is a kittypet. We know this because COME ON! ANYONE THAT HAS READ YELLOWFANG’S SECRET SHOULD KNOW THIS! I DO’T WANT TO KEEP EXPLAINING WHY CATS ARE KITTYPETS! THAT WOULD GO WAY BACK THROUGH HISTORY WHEN TWOLEGS CAME TO THE EARTH! AND I AM NOT HERE TO DO HISTORY!
*pants* Thanks. I kind of needed that. *smiley face emoji*.
“And now I find out that my father was a kittypet! Everything my Clanmates taunted me with is true!” Raggedpelt to Hal, page 198 (why does all the good stuff happen on page 198? *smiley face emoji*)
Tom is a kittypet too. We know this because LOOK ABOVE TO SEE MY RANT BECAUSE I CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO WRITE IT OUT AGAIN. SO DON’T MAKE ME OR I WILL BE VERY MAD.
Just kidding. I won’t be VERY mad. Just a bit.
“It can’t be hard to show the kits that hiding in a stinky Twoleg den with only rotten kittypet food is no way for a real cat to live.” River Ripple about the kits, page 198, (WHAT??!!) The First Battle

Thank you for reading! I just want to say that this is not true. Tom and Hal would have to use time-machines to meet each other, since Tom is in The Dawn Of The Clans and Hal is nearly in The Prophecies Begin. Also Tom is a copper colour and Hal is dark brown.
Thank you for reading! Echomist out!

  13 Replies to “Hal and Tom: are they one and the same? by Echomist”

  1. June 22, 2020 at 3:41 am

    Nice article, I think the idea is cool, though there are a few sketchy loopholes I can find in that theory.


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  2. Leafdapple
    June 22, 2020 at 6:55 am

    Nice article! Maybe Hal is descended from Tom somehow, like if Tom had kits with a random kittypet and they had kits and so on until Hal was born in TPB.


  3. June 22, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Interesting article! I never thought about how similar Tom and Hal were.
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  4. June 22, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Nice article!


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  5. June 22, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    That is impossible given the 1000 year or so time gap, and this is like saying Mapleshade is the reincarnation of One-eye 😛 What’s much more probable is that Hal is related to Tom and or is some kind of reincarnation of tom.


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  6. falling feather
    June 22, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Uggghhh, why did Turtle Tail choose Tom???


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  7. Dovekit has changed her name to Briarkit
    June 23, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    ALSO Tom dies before whoever this Hal is is born. (I haven’t read Yellowfang’s Secret)

  8. June 26, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Because of the spoiler warning, I didn’t read it, however I want to.
    If I’m on Thunder Rising on dawn of the clans, would it be ok to read? (I’ve read yellowfang’s secret)
    Just wondering!

    • Lapisdapple
      June 28, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      I would recommend no, not until you’ve finished The Blazing Star at the LEAST. 🙂


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  9. Lapisdapple
    June 28, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Very interesting points, Echomist! 🙂 I would like to comment about what you said about how Turtle Tail should have chosen Gray Wing. She WANTED to choose Gray Wing, from the very beginning of Dawn of the Clans, she loved him. He was the one that wasn’t really interested in a relationship for a while.

    SPOILER WARNING FOR DAWN OF THE CLANS

    He falls in love with Storm instead, which makes Turtle Tail upset and sad, because she loves him. She thinks she has a new chance at love in Tom, but she is very wrong, and eventually manages to be with Gray Wing before dying. Turtle Tail wanted Gray Wing all along. <3

    SPOILER WARNING OVER


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