|“||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.||„|
Tigerstar, formerly known as Tigerclaw, is the main antagonist of the Warriors book franchise. He is the main antagonist of the original story arc The Prophecies Begin, the overarching antagonist of the story arcs The New Prophecy and Power of Three, and one of the main antagonists of the Omen of the Stars story arc. He is also the main antagonist of the novella Redtail's Debt, and the main protagonist of his own novella, Tigerclaw's Fury. He is The Heavy of the franchise.
When he was a kit, his father Pinestar, the leader of ThunderClan, left to become a kittypet known as Pine due to the stress of being plagued with dreams from StarClan urging him to kill Tigerkit, his only son. The shame of Pine's desertion would haunt Tigerkit forever, and without a father in his life, he was left vulnerable to his future mentor's policies. When he was an apprentice, he was mentored by Thistleclaw, a warrior who was well-known for his courage and loyalty, but was also arrogant, aggressive and secretly training in the Place of No Stars with Mapleshade and Silverhawk. Tigerpaw learned from that aggression, and one day on patrol, he violently assaulted an innocent kittypet kitten named Tiny, and would have killed him had Bluestar (then Bluefur) not stopped him. That little kittypet would later become Scourge, leader of BloodClan, and then somewhat ironically, Tigerstar's murderer.
After saving Redpaw (Redtail) from a hawk, Tigerclaw manipulated the future deputy of ThunderClan into believing that he owed Tigerclaw everything. He later forced Redtail to brutalize the young WindClan apprentice Sorrelpaw. Tigerclaw lied to the rest of the Clan about what happened, placing the blame on WindClan, and coercing Sunstar, ThunderClan's leader, into launching an attack on WindClan's camp. During the fight, Tigerclaw attacks a WindClan queen named Ryestalk while she is trying to usher her kits away from the battle. He criticizes Redtail for calling for a retreat after Bluefur, ThunderClan's deputy, is badly injured. Later, after Bluestar ascends to leadership and Redtail is made deputy, Tigerclaw constantly questions Redtail's decisions. During a fight with RiverClan over Sunningrocks, Tigerclaw killed Redtail in order to be made deputy, though Lionheart was appointed instead. Tigerclaw lied, saying that RiverClan's deputy, Oakheart, killed Redtail, and that he killed Oakheart to avenge Redtail; however, Oakheart was killed by a falling stone, and his death was simply an opening for Tigerclaw to peg the other tom as Redtail's killer.
However, Ravenpaw, Tigerclaw's apprentice, had seen him murder Redtail. Because Ravenpaw knew of Tigerclaw's deeds, Tigerclaw spread rumors about him, even claiming that Ravenpaw stole Frostfur's kits, so that no one would trust the apprentice. Ravenpaw confessed what he saw to Firepaw (Fireheart), and later, fearing that Tigerclaw might kill him, faked his death with the help of Firepaw and Graypaw (Graystripe) and fled ThunderClan.
Lionheart died in a battle against ShadowClan, and Tigerclaw was made deputy of ThunderClan. Once made deputy, Tigerclaw decided that he had to hasten his promotion to leader, and laid a trap for Bluestar, ThunderClan's leader at the time, to be hit on the Thunderpath. Fireheart's apprentice Cinderpaw (Cinderpelt) was caught in it instead, and was permanently crippled.
After that plan failed, an increasingly desperate Tigerclaw plotted with ShadowClan-leader-turned-rogue Brokenstar to lead a gang of rogues into ThunderClan camp so that while the Clan was distracted, he could kill Bluestar and blame it on a rogue instead. Fireheart saved Bluestar just in time, and Tigerclaw was sentenced to exile, while Fireheart replaced him as deputy.
For the majority of the next book, Tigerclaw was seen as a rogue, sometimes prowling ThunderClan's territory, and slaughtered one of their Warriors, Runningwind.
Soon, opportunity to become leader presented itself. ShadowClan was left leaderless after their leader Nightstar, and their deputy, Cinderfur, died from a sickness epidemic. He was appointed leader in their place, and then given nine lives at the Moonstone. He received a life for compassion, given by Littlebird; a life for training young cats wisely, given by Badgerfang; a life to understand what goes on beyond the border, given by Pinestar; a life for knowing that size isn't everything, and that he should beware small cats (foreshadowing his death at the claws of Scourge), given by Whitetail; a life for pride in ShadowClan, and knowing that they could stand alone through anything, given by Sedgestar; a life for placing his faith in StarClan and honoring them with his loyalty, given by Flowerstar; a life for trusting your instincts, not just StarClan, given by Redscar; a life for mercy against others in battle, given by Mossheart; and a life for farsightedness, given by Cedarstar.
Now known as Tigerstar, he attempted to get revenge against ThunderClan by luring a pack of wild dogs onto ThunderClan territory. This lead to the apprentice Swiftpaw dying and Brightpaw (later Brightheart) being permanently blind, deaf, and scarred on one side of her face. He then laid a trail of dead rabbits to ThunderClan camp that ended with the body of the queen Brindleface, whom he slaughtered so that the dogs would get a taste for cat blood. His plan was thwarted when Fireheart broke the trail and then lured the dogs to the gorge. At the gorge, before Fireheart could lead them over, Tigerstar attacked Fireheart so that the dog leader could catch up and kill him.
Bluestar ultimately sacrificed her last life to save Fireheart by throwing herself into the dog leader's side, thus taking both herself and the dog over the gorge and into the river. Bluestar was pulled out by the RiverClan warriors Mistyfoot and Stonefur, who were her children. Tigerstar looked on as Bluestar begged the two RiverClan warriors for forgiveness, revealing that she was their real mother. He watched as Bluestar died, leaving his arch-enemy Fireheart in control of ThunderClan, to become Firestar.
Later, Tigerstar announced his plan to unite the forest under his rule as one Clan, saying that it was "StarClan's will". This was received negatively, except by Leopardstar, leader of RiverClan, who had already allied with him to create TigerClan. He led an era of terror, ruthlessly eliminating any cat who disagreed with him and persecuting half-Clan cats. This persecution led to the death of the half-RiverClan, half-ThunderClan warrior Stonefur, who was Leopardstar's loyal deputy. He was slaughtered by Tigerstar's deputy, Blackfoot, while defending the half-Clan apprentices Stormpaw and Featherpaw against Darkstripe. Firestar, Graystripe, and Ravenpaw (Tigerstar's former apprentice), saved the three remaining three prisoners, Stormpaw, Featherpaw, and Mistyfoot, and allowed them to stay in ThunderClan.
Tigerstar tried to get WindClan and ThunderClan to join him under TigerClan, and so he launched an attack on the WindClan camp to instill fear, knowing that Firestar would come to help, and left a message to meet him at Fourtrees the next day.
Tigerstar met with Firestar and Tallstar, WindClan's leader, to hear their answer on whether or not they would join TigerClan, which they both refused. He then offered a position especially to Bramblepaw, his son, and Firestar's apprentice. Even though Bramblepaw's sister, Tawnypaw, left ThunderClan to join TigerClan of her free own will, Bramblepaw declared that he would rather die than join his father. In response, Tigerstar revealed BloodClan, a large group of unruly cats from Twolegplace who were led by a small, but deadly black tom named Scourge. Firestar attempted to convince all the cats present of Tigerstar's treachery, telling them of Tigerstar's brutal past and warning Scourge that he could never be trusted to divide power. Tigerstar told them to disregard this and ordered an attack, but as BloodClan only took orders from Scourge, they refused. Seemingly intrigued by what Firestar had said, Scourge decided that there would be no battle that day. Enraged, Tigerstar accused Scourge of being a traitor and launched himself at the smaller tom in an attempt to kill him. However, Scourge outmaneuvered him easily and ripped Tigerstar's throat, chest and belly wide open with his dog-teeth-reinforced claws. This wound was so terrible that Tigerstar lost all of his nine lives at once, putting what seemed to be the end to the most dangerous cat in the whole forest.
Tigerstar's hatred lived beyond death, however. In the next arc, he walked in the Place of No Stars, also known as the Dark Forest, plotting "revenge" against Firestar. He discovered that he could dwell in the dreams of others, and began training his sons Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost in their sleep. Later on, Hawkfrost set a trap to kill Firestar, but Brambleclaw saved his leader and killed his brother instead. Once dead, Hawkfrost resumed training with his father, eventually training more Dark Forest cats to one day wage war against the Clans.
Tigerstar then began to influence Lionblaze, Brambleclaw's supposed son, though he knew the tom was adopted. Lionblaze turned on Tigerstar when he learned that Tigerstar only wanted revenge against ThunderClan, instead of wanting to make Lionblaze a better warrior like he promised.
In the final book of Omen of the Stars, The Last Hope, Tigerstar unleashed the Dark Forest Cats he had been training to attack the Clans. Near the end of the war, Tigerstar faced off against Firestar. They consecutively killed each other, sending Firestar to StarClan, and destroying Tigerstar's spirit for good.
Tigerstar is a massive, muscular, broad-shouldered dark brown tabby tomcat with unusually long front claws and wide, pale amber eyes. He is battle-scarred, with a "V"-shaped cut in his right ear, a gash across his muzzle, and long slashes crisscrossing his body.
In his youth, Tigerstar, then known as Tigerkit, was a playful and energetic, albeit slightly aggressive and competitive, kitten. He was deeply shocked and angered by his father Pinestar's decision to leave their Clan to take refuge in the life of a kittypet. The shame of this abandonment would stay with Tigerkit for the rest of his life and left him determined to prove his own worth. His father's abandonment, combined with the brutal training he received under his mentor Thistleclaw, hardened Tigerclaw into a ruthless and insatiably ambitious warrior who was willing to do whatever it took achieve victory. His aggression was to the point where he attacked and nearly killed an innocent kittypet kit when he trespassed on ThunderClan territory.
Perhaps because of his father's decision to abandon his family and Clan to be a kittypet, Tigerstar harbored a strong hatred for kittypets and all other non-forest born cats, such as rogues and loners. When he first met Firepaw, a former kittypet who had been allowed to join the Clan, Tigerstar disliked him instantly, even though the younger tom initially respected him. Tigerstar also despised half-Clan cats (cats whose parents where from different Clans), believing their "impure blood" made them unpredictable and untrustworthy, and was willing to kill them in order to "purify" the Clans. When he gained control of RiverClan, one of his first actions was to persecute all cats with mixed heritage.
Tigerstar was almost unspeakably ruthless, as he was willing to do absolutely anything to get what he wanted. He murdered Redtail, a cat he had known since kithood and his own uncle, just to obtain the position of deputy. He attempted to murder Bluestar, a cat he had known since he was young and his Clan leader, twice, first by leading her to the Thunderpath, though Cinderpelt fell into it instead, and again in her own den. He also killed Brindleface, a cat he had trained with and had been friends with, just to give the dog pack a taste for cat blood. Furthermore, he publicly executed Gorsepaw, a defenseless apprentice, just to prove his strength and in an attempt to intimidate WindClan into joining TigerClan.
Tigerstar was a devious and manipulative yet charismatic planner, being able to hide the true extent of his ambition from his Clanmates for years, even from Bluestar, who was a highly intelligent and perceptive cat in her own right. He was able to come up with impressive but monstrous plans, such as luring a pack of dogs with a trail of rabbits to destroy ThunderClan.
Tigerstar possessed an incredible amount of hypocrisy. For example, he hated traitors and outright stated on more than one occasion that treachery was punishable by death, but ironically he became a traitor himself by betraying his own Clan, kin, and allies in his quest for power. He also often criticized and condemned those who broke the warrior code, but bent, broke, and twisted it many times himself in his efforts to fulfill his own selfish ambitions. Furthermore, despite his obvious hatred for half-Clan cats and non-forest-born cats, he himself mated with a rogue named Sasha, accepted Tawnypelt when she defected from ThunderClan, and even trained his son Hawkfrost and grandson Tigerheart, despite them both being half-Clan. He also occasionally forged alliances with rogues or recruited them as minions in order to achieve his goals.
However, despite his intelligence and fighting skills, or rather because of them, Tigerstar was extremely arrogant and prone to overconfidence. As an apprentice, he would often bully the other apprentices just to remind them that they were weaker than him. Even in his youth, he was somewhat delusional, as he justified his attack on a defenseless kittypet kit (who would grow up to become Scourge) as simply defending his Clan's territory and was even proud of it, even though there was no honor in "fighting" a helpless kit. His arrogance and delusions of grandeur would only increase as he grew older and he became prone to twisting things, even within his own mind, just to make it appear as if he was in the right. Due to his own arrogance and Scourge's small size, he severely underestimated Scourge, who unbeknownst to him was the young kittypet he'd beaten up as an apprentice. As a result, Tigerstar's plan to take over the whole forest and then betray BloodClan backfired when Scourge refused to obey Tigerstar's order to fight his enemies and Firestar took the opportunity to tarnish Tigerstar's reputation by revealing his past crimes. Tigerstar was so enraged by the failure of his plan that he attacked Scourge, but this was another mistake as Scourge outfought him easily, resulting in Tigerstar dying a slow and gruesome death.
However, for all his faults, Tigerstar was still courageous, intelligent, proud and strong. Even Firestar, his greatest rival, could not deny that he had possessed the potential to be a truly great leader, and believed that if Tigerstar had chosen loyalty over ambition and just waited for power to come to him, then he would've become the greatest leader the Clans had ever known.
Powers and Abilities
Tigerstar was an exceptionally strong and skilled fighter, and was regarded as the most dangerous cat in the Clans during his lifetime. A notable example of his fighting skills was shown when he defeated the leader of RiverClan, Crookedstar, a cat of equal size and strength and of greater age and experience, in single combat. He also overpowered Bluestar, another Clan leader, and a cat of lesser size, but of greater age and experience, and would have killed her had Fireheart not arrived in time. Tigerstar also defeated a hawk and a full-grown fox with relative ease, and later held his own against a pair of foxes, though he ultimately needed the help of Sasha to defeat them. The only individuals known to have bested Tigerstar in combat are Firestar, Scourge, and Lionblaze (a cat who had the power of invincibility).
In addition to his physical abilities, Tigerstar was also highly intelligent and cunning. He was a master manipulator who could easily persuade other cats to believe in him and a skilled tactician who could come up with and execute complex plans to kill his enemies.
- Tigerstar's death is extremely similar to that of Claudandus: Both are cats who have their stomachs ripped open in a fight, the only difference being Tigerstar was slain by a villain.