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"That's how Brokenstar made us train. This is a practice, Tigerclaw, not the real thing. Why risk getting injured when we are at peace?"
— Tallpoppy when practicing fighting moves with Flintfang in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 8
Current: StarClan[1]
Past: ShadowClan[2]
Cause of Death
Cause of Death: Slain in battle[3]
StarClan Resident:
Toadfoot, Marshkit, Snaketail, Smokefoot
Mentor(s): Blackstar[4]
Book Appearances
Living: Battles of the Clans, Secrets of the Clans, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Tigerclaw's Fury, Rising Storm, Into the Woods, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour, Firestar's Quest, Midnight, Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Twilight, Sunset, Leafpool's Wish, The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise, Hollyleaf's Story, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Mistystar's Omen, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, The Forgotten Warrior, The Last Hope
Dead: The Ultimate Guide

Tallpoppy is a long-legged light brown tabby she-cat[2] with green eyes.[7]


In the Super Edition Arc

Bramblestar's Storm

Tallpoppy is mentioned by Blackstar to be one of the the many deceased ShadowClan cats at a Gathering.

In The Prophecies Begin Arc

Fire and Ice

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Fire and Ice but is listed in the allegiances. She is a queen.

Forest of Secrets

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Forest of Secrets but is listed in the allegiances.

Rising Storm

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Rising Storm but is listed in the allegiances.

A Dangerous Path

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in A Dangerous Path but is listed in the allegiances. Her kits, Smokekit and Snakekit, are announced at the Gathering by Tigerstar along with three warriors.

The Darkest Hour

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in The Darkest Hour but is listed in the allegiances.

In the New Prophecy Arc


Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Midnight but is listed in the allegiances. She has now moved out of the nursery and is a warrior.


Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Moonrise but is listed in the allegiances.


She is listed again as a queen, and her kits are Toadkit, Applekit, and Marshkit.
When ShadowClan is fleeing the camp, it is said Tallpoppy has kits that need to be carried. Wanting to save the kits, Squirrelpaw, a ThunderClan apprentice, helps a tortoiseshell queen carry her two kits, thinking it was Tallpoppy. When told about this, Tawnypelt becomes frantic, telling Squirrelpaw that Tallpoppy is a tabby, not a tortoiseshell. Tallpoppy is then thought to be missing. The queen and her kits are found in a clearing, but just as the cats find them a monster cuts down a tree and when the tree falls it almost crushes Onewhisker and one of Tallpoppy's kits, but Firestar races and rescues them just in time. After they escape Littlecloud is seen treating her for splinters.
When the Clans settle in the abandoned nest close to Ravenpaw's barn for a night Tallpoppy remarks that this is a good place to rest. When the traveling cats cross the Thunderpath, one of Tallpoppy's kits wanders back onto the Thunderpath, but the kit is saved by Dawnflower, a RiverClan queen. As the cats get a first glimpse of how big the mountains are, one of her kits asks if they are really going up there. Tallpoppy replies that they are.
Later when the cats have to jump across a gap in the path on the mountain trail, Tallpoppy says that her kits can't jump that far, and Crowpaw helps them across. In the mountains one of Tallpoppy's kits, Marshkit, gets caught by an eagle, but just as he is being carried into the air Brackenfur rescues the kit.
On the Great Journey, it is noted by Squirrelpaw that Tallpoppy had shown great strength and courage, and that she remained positive despite the difficulty. She also becomes good friends with the queens from other Clans, particularly Ferncloud of ThunderClan. Marshkit, Toadkit, and Applekit befriend the only surviving kit of Ferncloud's second litter, Birchkit.


After the Clans settle in their new homes, and begin to separate, Tallpoppy's kits are very unwilling to part with Birchkit, as he is with them. Tallpoppy knows they had to leave each other, though she is seen exchanging a wistful look with Ferncloud, showing that although they were from different Clans, they had formed a close bond.


Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Twilight but is listed in the allegiances.


Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Sunset but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Power of Three Arc

The Sight

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in The Sight but is listed in the allegiances. She is now an elder.

Dark River

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Dark River but is listed in the allegiances.


Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Outcast but is listed in the allegiances.


Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Eclipse but is listed in the allegiances.

Long Shadows

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Long Shadows but is listed in the allegiances.


Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Sunrise but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Omen of the Stars Arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in The Fourth Apprentice but is listed in the allegiances.

Fading Echoes

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Fading Echoes but is listed in the allegiances.

Night Whispers

Tallpoppy is first seen exiting the elder's den when Ivypaw is being held prisoner by ShadowClan. She comments that it looks like more snow will be coming. Tallpoppy is later seen grieving for Russetfur at her burial, solemnly saying her wisdom would be missed. Whitewater and Cedarheart, the other fellow elders, make room for her to sit with them.

Sign of the Moon

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Sign of the Moon but is listed in the allegiances.

The Forgotten Warrior

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in The Forgotten Warrior but is listed in the allegiances.

The Last Hope

During the battle, Lionblaze gestures to Tallpoppy to help him. She runs across the clearing towards Lionblaze, dodging a Dark Forest warrior. Tallpoppy picks up Pinenose's dead kit off the ground and nudges Pinenose ahead of her. She leads Pinenose behind some brambles, and lays her dead kit at her paws so she can mourn for it.

In the Tigerstar and Sasha Arc

Into the Woods

Tallpoppy is seen when Tigerstar asks her how she and how the kits are doing. She contentedly says that even though there are many kits, they are happy and strong.

In the Field Guide Arc

Secrets of the Clans

Though she does not appear, she is revealed to have trained under Blackfoot, thus she had been his apprentice.

Battles of the Clans

At the Gathering, Dapplenose of RiverClan points her out with two other ShadowClan cats, Snaketail and Cedarheart. Dapplenose says not to take any notice if they're sneering at the reader.

The Ultimate Guide

Despite being alive at this time, Tallpoppy is shown at the end of Tigerstar's leader ceremony, along with Cinderfur, Darkflower, and Dawncloud standing close together, and they watch with hopeful, anxious eyes.

In the Novellas

Tigerclaw's Fury

Tallpoppy, along with Flintfang, are chosen to train with Tigerclaw. She, amused, remarks that they didn't need to be trained, as they had been warriors longer than him. Tigerclaw then reminds her that Runningnose stated that he was in charge, but Tallpoppy replies that she didn't believe he meant it in said way. Tigerclaw then inquires if she thought if Runningnose was busy enough, and looking down at her paws, Tallpoppy remarks that she and Flintfang would show him how ShadowClan cats fought. Tigerclaw then leads the two into a sandy place, and waits for Tallpoppy and Flintfang to demonstrate ShadowClan battle tactics. As Tallpoppy folds gracefully onto the ground, Tigerclaw asks why she rolled over quickly, suggesting that if she was knocked over, she could grab the opponent with her teeth or claws.
However, Flintfang comments that Tallpoppy would do it if they were in the heat of a battle. Tigerclaw then inquires how such method would help them in battle, telling them to unsheathe their claws, and Tallpoppy, widening her eyes, remarks that it was how Brokenstar made them train, and that it was practice. Tigerclaw orders Flintfang to try the hind leg slice, to give Tallpoppy a threat, and he does so, but retracts his claws before he lashes at Tallpoppy's hind legs. The latter then drops to the ground untouched, and Tigerclaw wishes to demonstrate the move. He waits until Tallpoppy stands, and then rushes for her, aiming for a soft portion of her hind leg. She screeches, flinging herself away from Tigerclaw, and the latter watches Tallpoppy turn her head to lick her wound. He asks her if she would react quicker the next time, and she merely nods, swiping at her torn fur. As the date of the next Gathering approaches, Tallpoppy asks how ShadowClan was to survive without a leader, as no other Clan at a Gathering arrived without one.

Leafpool's Wish

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Leafpool's Wish but is listed in the allegiances.

Hollyleaf's Story

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Hollyleaf's Story but is listed in the allegiances.

Mistystar's Omen

Tallpoppy does not formally appear in Mistystar's Omen but is listed in the allegiances.



  • She has been depicted without tabby stripes.[8]
  • Despite being alive in The Last Hope,[9] she is shown in StarClan during Tigerstar's nine lives ceremony.[10]

Character Pixels

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Blackstar:[11] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Toadfoot:[12] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Marshkit:[12] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Smokefoot:[11] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Snaketail:[11] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Applefur:[12] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Crowfrost:[13] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Spiderfoot:[13] Living (As of Eclipse)


Sleekwhisker:[14] Living (As of Shattered Sky)


Juniperclaw:[15] Living (As of Shattered Sky)
Strikestone:[16] Living (As of Shattered Sky)


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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


"How can we survive without a leader? No other Clan has ever turned up at a Gathering without one!"
—Tallpoppy about ShadowClan being leaderless Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 10

"We are going home, our new home."
—Tallpoppy to her kits Dawn, page 227

"This is a good place to rest, I don't think my kits could take another night out in the open. They nearly froze in last night's rain."
—Tallpoppy on the journey Dawn, page 248

"It's all right, little one. You'll be safe soon."
—Tallpoppy to her son Marshkit Dawn, page 297

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 52
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 65
  5. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  6. Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  7. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  8. Revealed in Into the Woods, page 66
  9. Revealed in The Last Hope, allegiances
  10. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 96
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Revealed in Starlight, page 109
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  14. Revealed on Kate's blog
  15. Revealed on Kate's blog
  16. Revealed on Kate's blog

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