"You can't leave this forest. I know-I've tried. But however far I walk, the trees never end, and there's no light anywhere."

—Darkstripe to Tigerstar about the Dark Forest in Sunset, page 3


Rogue, ThunderClan (formerly)
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Darkstripe is a thin-furred,[1] dark[2] gray tabby tom[3] with black stripes[4] and yellow eyes.[5]


He was born in ThunderClan. His mother was Willowpelt and his father was Tawnyspots. Not much is know about his life as a kit. His father, Tawnyspots, served as Sunstar's deputy.


His mentor was Tigerclaw whom he looked up to. He was one of Tigerclaw's closest followers, too. It wasn't long before he was made a warrior.


Darkstripe was already a warrior when a kittypet named Rusty joined ThunderClan. He, like many of the cats of the Clan, didn't like the former kittypet. He mentored Longtail, who also disliked Firepaw. Longtail was barely a warrior by the time Firepaw had joined the Clan. He received Dustpaw as his second apprentice after Redtail, the former deputy, was killed.

He later got Fernpaw as his apprentice. When Fireheart was appointed deputy after Tigerclaw's treachery was revealed, Darkstripe was very unhappy with a kittypet being deputy. When Bluestar exiled Tigerclaw, he offered Darkstripe to come with him, but Darkstripe declined and remained in ThunderClan.

However, he still continued to speak with Tigerclaw, and even agreed to bring his two kits, Tawnypaw and Bramblepaw to meet him. Fireheart stopped him and took the kits back to the camp.

Dark Forest

Darkstripe finally left to join Tigerstar after Tigerstar revealed his plan with Scourge. Darkstripe helped Blackfoot kill Stonefur. After Tigerstar was killed, he went into battle with BloodClan, died fighting Graystripe, and joined Tigerstar once more and helped train Dark Forest apprentices. He went into battle, this time with Tigerstar, in The Last Hope.


Mother: Willowpelt

Father: Tawnyspots

Half-Brothers: Graystripe, Sootfur, and Rainwhisker

Half-Sister: Sorreltail

Grandfather: Adderfang

Grandmother: Swiftbreeze

Uncles: Patchpelt and Redtail

Aunts: Leopardfoot and Spottedleaf

Half-Nephews: Stormfur, Bumblestripe and Molepaw

Half-Nieces: Feathertail, Blossomfall, Briarlight, Cinderheart, Honeyfern, Poppyfrost, Lilyheart and Seedpaw

Half-Grandnieces: Cherryfall, Lark That Sings at Dawn, Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe, Leafshade and Honeyfur

Half-Grandnephews: Molewhisker, Pine That Clings to Rock, Fernsong and Larksong

Cousins: Longtail, Tigerstar, Mistkit, Nightkit, Sandstorm, Bramblestar, Tawnypelt, Hawkfrost, Tadpole, Mothwing, Leafpool, Squirrelflight, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, Tigerstar, Flametail, Dawnpelt, Alderheart, Sparkpelt, Gorseclaw (TC), Sleekwhisker, Juniperclaw, Dandelionkit, Juniperkit and two unnamed kits

Distant Ancestors: Cloudstar, Birdflight, Gorseclaw and Spottedpelt

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Sunset, page 2
  2. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 33
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 39
  4. Revealed in Into the Wild, pages 33-34
  5. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 37
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