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"Climb! Climb! You can do it! Hawk, get up onto the sill! Moth, keep going! You can make it, I know you can!"
— Tadpole encouraging Hawk and Moth in Return to the Clans, page 48

Tadpole is a black[4] tom.[1]

History

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

Tadpole is briefly mentioned on the page of his brother, Hawkfrost. He, his brother, and his sister, Mothwing, are born to a loner named Sasha. Their father is Tigerstar, the leader of ShadowClan, and they are the half-siblings of Brambleclaw and Tawnypelt. Giving birth to her kits alone in the forest, Sasha tried as hard as she could to raise these kits, eventually taking them to various abandoned Twoleg dens to raise them. A flood strikes, however, and this is said to be what claims the life of Tadpole, and after this heartbreaking disaster, Sasha takes her two remaining children to RiverClan, in hopes they'll be raised in a safe and well-off environment.

In the Tigerstar and Sasha arc

Return to the Clans

Tadpole is the strongest and oldest of Tigerstar and Sasha's litter. His littermates are Hawk and Moth.
Tadpole is often seen reassuring his siblings. Once, he promises to protect Moth when she worries about foxes, and he encourages Hawk to try again when he falls off a pile of logs they were climbing. Tadpole sees how sad Sasha is when she tells them stories about her kittypet life, and he devises a plan for him, Hawk, and Moth to go to the Twolegplace and find Ken, Sasha's former owner, so she'd be happy.
He leads the way out of the forest and into the Twolegplace, refusing the help of one of Sasha's former friends from when she was a kittypet, Shnuky, when she offers it to them. They take the wrong path, running into some former BloodClan cats who threaten to turn him and his siblings into collars. Tadpole, Hawk, and Moth run for their lives, dodging dogs and other threats, and then take shelter inside the basement of an old, abandoned Twoleg nest, only to become trapped inside. It starts to rain and the kits huddle together in a corner, frightened. When Tadpole catches the scent of mouse, Hawk realizes that one of the pipes was leaking. Suddenly, the pipes burst, and water begins to fill the basement.
When Hawk spots Sasha through the basement window, Tadpole hurries to help Moth and Hawk out of the flooding basement, but he slips back into the water. Hawk and Moth manage to get outside and beg Sasha to help him. Sasha goes to the window, yelling for him to grab her paw. Tadpole sees her, but is unable to reach her paw. Soon, Tadpole goes under the surface, and drowns. Hawk and Moth are horrified at his death, and Sasha is numb with grief.
Later, Sasha tells Russetfur, a ShadowClan warrior, that Tadpole had died. When Sasha speaks to Tigerstar in a dream, she asks him if Tadpole's spirit is with his. Tigerstar tells her that he isn't, but that he is safe. Before Sasha can ask what he meant, Tigerstar slinks out of her dream, leaving Tadpole's residence unknown for certain.

Trivia

Interesting facts

Kin

Members

Father:

Tigerstar:[4] Deceased, No Residence

Mother:

Sasha:[4] Living (As of Dawn)

Brother:

Hawkfrost:[4] Deceased, No Residence

Sister:

Mothwing:[4] Living (As of River of Fire)

Half-Sister:

Tawnypelt:[9] Living (As of River of Fire)

Half-Brother:

Bramblestar:[9] Living (As of River of Fire)
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Grandfather:
Pinestar:[10] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Grandmother:

Leopardfoot:[11] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Great-Grandfathers:

Adderfang:[12] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Oakstar:[13] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Great-Grandmothers:

Swiftbreeze:[11] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sweetbriar:[14] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)

Great-Great-Grandmother:

Flashnose:[15] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Aunts:

Nightkit:[6] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Mistkit:[6] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Great-Uncles:

Patchpelt:[11] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Redtail:[16] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Great-Aunts:

Spottedleaf:[16] Deceased, No Residence
Willowpelt:[16] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Great-Half-Uncle:

Birchface:[17] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Great-Half-Aunt:

Frecklewish:[17] Deceased, Residence Unknown

Great-Great-Aunt:

Fallowsong:[18] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Great-Great-Great-Aunt:

Daisytoe:[19] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Half-Nieces:

Dawnpelt:[20] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sparkpelt:[21] Living (As of River of Fire)
Dandelionkit:[21] Deceased, Residence Unknown

Half-Nephews:

Tigerstar:[20] Living (As of River of Fire)
Flametail:[20] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Alderheart:[22] Living (As of River of Fire)
Juniperkit:[21] Deceased, Residence Unknown

Half-Great-Nieces:

Sleekwhisker:[23] Living (As of River of Fire)
Lightkit:[24] Living (As of River of Fire)
Pouncekit:[24] Living (As of River of Fire)

Half-Great-Nephews:

Juniperclaw:[23] Living (As of River of Fire)
Strikestone:[23] Living (As of River of Fire)
Shadowkit:[24] Living (As of River of Fire)

Cousins:

Sandstorm:[25] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Darkstripe:[26] Deceased, Verified Place of No Stars member
Sootfur:[27] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Rainwhisker:[27] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sorreltail:[27] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Graystripe:[25] Living (As of River of Fire)
Squirrelflight:[28] Living (As of River of Fire)
Leafpool:[28] Living (As of River of Fire)
Molepaw:[29] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Cinderheart:[29] Living (As of River of Fire)
Honeyfern:[29] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Poppyfrost:[29] Living (As of River of Fire)
Lilyheart:[30] Living (As of River of Fire)
Seedpaw:[30] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Stormfur:[31] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)
Feathertail:[31] Deceased, Verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member
Briarlight:[32] Deceased, Residence Unknown
Blossomfall:[32] Living (As of River of Fire)
Bumblestripe:[32] Living (As of River of Fire)
Lionblaze:[33] Living (As of River of Fire)
Jayfeather:[33] Living (As of River of Fire)
Hollyleaf:[33] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Molewhisker:[34] Living (As of River of Fire)
Cherryfall:[34] Living (As of River of Fire)
Fernsong:[35] Living (As of River of Fire)
Hollytuft:[35] Living (As of River of Fire)
Sorrelstripe:[35] Living (As of River of Fire)
Goosefeather:[36] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Moonflower:[36] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Bluestar:[11] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Snowfur:[11] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Mistystar:[37] Living (As of River of Fire)
Mosskit:[37] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Stonefur:[37] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Whitestorm:[38] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Reedwhisker:[39] Living (As of River of Fire)
Perchkit:[40] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[40] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Primrosepaw:[40] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Heronwing:[36] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Rabbitleap:[36] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Poppydawn:[36] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Rosetail:[14] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sweetpaw:[14] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Thistleclaw:[14] Deceased, Verified Place of No Stars member

Distant Ancestors:

Cloudstar:[41] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Gorseclaw:[41] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Birdflight:[41] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Spottedpelt:[41] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cloudstar
 
Birdflight
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spottedpelt
 
Gorseclaw
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Missing
Generations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Daisytoe
 
Flashnose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Swiftbreeze
 
 
 
Adderfang
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oakstar
 
Sweetbriar
 
Fallowsong
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Birchface
 
Frecklewish
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Willowpelt
 
Patchpelt
 
Robinwing
 
Redtail
 
Brindleface
 
Spottedleaf
 
Leopardfoot
 
Pinestar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Graystripe
 
Longtail
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nightkit
 
Goldenflower
 
Tigerstar
 
Sasha
 
Mistkit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Firestar
 
Sandstorm
 
 
Rowanclaw
 
Tawnypelt
 
Hawkfrost
 
Mothwing
 
Tadpole
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Crowfeather
 
Leafpool
 
Squirrelflight
 
Bramblestar
 
Flametail
 
Tigerstar
 
Dovewing
 
Dawnpelt
 
Crowfrost
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cinderheart
 
Lionblaze
 
Hollyleaf
 
Jayfeather
 
Alderheart
 
Sparkpelt
 
Juniperkit
 
Dandelionkit
 
 
Juniperclaw
 
Strikestone
 
Sleekwhisker
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flykit
 
Snapkit
 
Spotkit
 
Sorrelstripe
 
Hollytuft
 
Fernsong
 
Ivypool
 
Shadowkit
 
Pouncekit
 
Lightkit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bristlekit
 
Flipkit
 
Thriftkit

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 22
  2. Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 49
  3. Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 34
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 2
  5. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  7. Revealed in Into the Woods, page 15
  8. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  10. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 150
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  12. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 30
  13. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 1
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  15. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 3
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 1
  18. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  19. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 3
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 9
  22. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 10
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 348
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  26. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Revealed in Eclipse, page 159
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 251
  34. 34.0 34.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 502
  38. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 18
  39. Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 6, undefined
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, pages 496-497