Bramblefire examines the character of Breezepelt and whether or not he is an Evilpaw.
Inside the Warriors fandom a small controversy has arisen: is Breezepelt, the son of Crowfeather and Nightcloud, evil?
I’m not going to say he’s innocent as he’s far from it; I will, however, say that he made very bad choices. Yes, I did say choices, as no cat forced him to go to the Dark Forest, he chose that. Breezepelt did feel like it was the only way to get back at his father who never really cared for him. It didn’t help him that his own mother brainwashed him to believe that Crowfeather would never care for him. It has been proven that Crowfeather did care for Breezepelt but not Nightcloud, but he never showed it. I have explained before that I believe Crowfeather had some psychological issues as he had lost almost everything, thus making him seem to ignore Breezepelt.
Breezepelt only really knew about Crowfeather’s history from Nightcloud, which was very biased therefore this knowledge helped make Breezepelt furious at ThunderClan as it contained Leafpool, his father’s former mate. Breezepelt simply couldn’t handle the fact that his father betrayed WindClan and he vowed never to do betray the Clan. Part of him still wanted to get Crowfeather back and that part of him started to consume him. Eventually he was approached by the Dark Forest, and his hunger for revenge had claimed him. Breezepelt was furious when the truth came out about Hollyleaf, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze’s parentage, and he felt even more betrayed. The Dark Forest used this to manipulate him to attack Poppyfrost and Jayfeather. This wasn’t really him being ‘evil’ but him making a very bad choice.
He made another bad choice when he fought on the Dark Forest’s side. Breezepelt also later attacked Lionblaze who was saved by Crowfeather. Breezepelt retreated and he realized what he had done and tried to be a loyal warrior after the battle. He found himself in his father’s paws as many of his clanmates refused to trust him, just as they had done with Crowfeather. Heathertail, Breezepelt’s only friend, was quick to defend him and Breezepelt was soon able to find a new purpose in his sorrow filled life. Heathertail and Breezepelt later became mates and Breezepelt was able to redeem himself.
Due to Breezepelt being able to redeem himself and find his own light I do not believe he was evil, just lonely and misguided.