"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


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Hawk and Moth, Half-siblings are Bramblekit and Tawnykit
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Tadpole is a black[1] tom-kit.[2]


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.


Father: Tigerstar

Mother: Sasha

Brother: Hawkfrost

Sister: Mothwing

Half-Brother: Bramblestar

Half-Sister: Tawnypelt

Grandfather: Pinestar

Grandmother: Leopardfoot

Great-Grandfather: Adderfang

Great-Grandmothers: Swiftbreeze and Sweetbriar

Great-Great-Grandmother: Flashnose

Aunts: Nightkit and Mistkit

Great-Uncles: Patchpelt and Redtail

Great-Great-Aunt: Fallowsong

Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Daisytoe

Half-Niece: Dawnpelt

Half-Nephews: Flametail and Tigerstar

Cousins: Sandstorm, Darkstripe, Sootfur, Rainwhisker, Sorreltail, Graystripe, Squirrelflight, Leafpool, Molepaw, Cinderheart, Honeyfern, Poppyfrost, Lilyheart, Seedpaw, Stormfur, Feathertail, Briarlight, Blossomfall, Bumblestripe, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, Molewhisker, Cherryfall, Fernsong, Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe, Goosefeather, Moonflower, Bluestar. Snowfur, Mistystar, Mosskit, Stonefur, Whitestorm, Reedwhisker, Perchkit, Perchpaw, Primrosepaw, Heronwing, Rabbitleap, Poppydawn, Rosetail, Sweetpaw, Thistleclaw

Distant Ancestors: Cloudstar, Gorseclaw, Birdflight and Spottedpelt

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 2
  2. Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 22

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