Would Mudclaw have been a bad leader? by Sparktooth

Sparktooth wonders what Mudclaw would’ve been like as leader.

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Hello again, bloggers! Sparktooth welcomes you to the newest article! I was reading an unforgettable scene in Starlight when Tallstar makes the decision to make Onewhisker deputy instead of Mudclaw before he died. I began to picture a parallel universe in Warriors where Mudclaw was Mudstar. Would he have been the leader Tallstar feared he would?

Throughout the series, Mudclaw seems to be the aggressive cat. However, I always thought he might have another side to him, and that if he were leader, he would be similar to Leopardstar. But Mudclaw was also a little disrespectful toward Tallstar a lot on the journey before he dies. This foolish behavior is most likely one of the things leading Tallstar to replace Mudclaw with Onewhisker.
“‘Onewhisker, I know you’re worried about Tallstar. Mudclaw is only doing his duty.’ ‘He doesn’t need to act like he’s leader already.’ Onewhisker growled. He sat down with a sharp glance from side to side, as if he were challenging any other cat to make a comment. ‘Onewhisker has a fair point,’ Firestar went on to Mudclaw. ‘It’s difficult for a deputy to stand in as leader-difficult for the rest of the Clan as well as their deputy.’ Mudclaw, who had raised his head arrogantly when Firestar seemed to be backing him up, looked furious.” -Starlight, pg. 24.

As most of the fandom knows, Tallstar supports everlasting friendship between WindClan and ThunderClan. I think almost everyone knows one of the reasons he replaced Mudclaw is because he worried Mudclaw would lead WindClan into too many battles. But another reason I think he chose Onewhisker is because he defended Tallstar’s honor when Mudclaw was being disrespectful. The book keeps hinting about Tallstar’s decision. I agree that Mudclaw was a courageous warrior, but based on his actions, I don’t think he was right to lead WindClan, either. If only he would’ve accepted Onewhisker’s offer and became his deputy. Instead he rebelled against Onewhisker, and was killed doing it. This aggressive behavior kind of reminds me of Thistleclaw. Only I would argue that Mudclaw isn’t evil, just aggressive.

Ok, here’s another question that came to mind: ‘Was Onestar any better than Mudclaw as leader? A lot of the Warriors fandom complains how when Onewhisker became Onestar, he completely changed. I agree to this. But he did it for the good of WindClan. WindClan needed a leader who did things only for the good of their Clan. I do argue that Onestar could’ve been a little friendlier with other Clans, though. But would Mudclaw have done something similar to that? What was Tallstar’s reaction in StarClan, was he surprised or did he expect Onestar to lead like that?

Well, that’s gonna wrap it up for this one. I can’t wait to read your comments about your thoughts on Mudclaw! Would he have been a good or bad leader in your opinion? Thanks again!

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  18 Replies to “Would Mudclaw have been a bad leader? by Sparktooth”

  1. November 19, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Yeah I agree – Mudclaw wouldn’t have been evil, just aggressive. The comparison you made with Leopardstar I totally agree with. I think that Onestar, even though he rejected ThunderClan, was probably the better choice to lead WindClan because although he was independent, he didn’t start fights with other Clans. Also Blackstar had to be deputy for ages before he became leader, and he didn’t rebel against his leader for it.

    • Pantherfang
      February 18, 2018 at 3:45 am

      I agree once again with the comparison of Mudclaw to Leopardstar, but let’s look at Leopardstar’s leadership: overall not too bad. She was the leader of RiverClan for a long time, and lead them through plenty of problems and battles.
      However, there were many, many times where her judgement was poor and her hot-headedness hindered her greatly. And when her ideas and decisions didn’t go the way she wanted, she would get defensive and brittle. I believe Mudclaw would have acted in a similar manner if he were to have been made leader. He doesn’t strike me as much of a thinker either, something that I believe all good leaders must be.
      Onewhisker was a much better choice, and I applaud Tallstar for doing what he did. Although he went against the Warrior Code to appoint Onewhisker, in my opinion it saved WindClan. Perhaps Onestar didn’t follow Tallstar’s vision of eternal peace and friendship between them and ThunderClan, but his request was rather far-fetched, as the clans are naturally rivals. There certainly would have been much more violence if Mudclaw were to lead, particularly with his hatred of Firestar.
      All in all, I don’t think Mudclaw would have been a good leader. There is a place for him in every clan; they all need strong, willing fighters. But he lacks the nobility, mercifulness, and forethought that effective leaders must have. Finally, I also believe he confused ambition with aggression, and it ultimately lead to his downfall.

  2. Ashybae
    June 2, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I think Ashfoot would have been a much better choice. I know Tallstar thought that Onestar would be great friends with ThunderClan, but ultimately, if he wanted them to be allies Ashfoot would have been better. She’s kind, and isn’t one to falsely accuse others without actual proof and she wouldn’t be like Onestar, and she was a great leader.

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