"Warlord" was a title used by The Warriors to refer to their highest-ranking member. From the gang's inception until the meeting, Cleon held the title of Warlord. Following the meeting and Cleon's apparent death, Swan assumed the role.
Warlord could also be used flexibly to refer to the leader of a Warparty when the gang were on a mission.
 See also
- "Warchief", the title given to the second-in-command of The Warriors.
- "Warparty", the name given to a group of Warriors on a mission.