Starstripe puzzles over the character of Darkstripe and what made him who he is.
This character has always puzzled me and I can’t help but feeling that there might be more to him than the books suggest. I shall be debating what made Darkstripe into… Darkstripe.
1: Darkstripe’s father died before Darkstripe was born and he never had a father figure in his life and when Tigerclaw came along I believe Darkstripe was so happy and looked up to him like a father. Who wouldn’t do the same. I believe Tigerclaw offered to help him and show him that he was better than what he was and never even needed a father! Darkstripe must have been so happy, feeling like he was wanted again, because his mother Willowpelt certainly didn’t show any love for him! There is evidence that Tigerclaw trained Darkstripe, who else would’ve made him who he was! But! Later on when he’s dead and is in the dark forest Tigerstar and all the other Dark Forest Warriors treat him really badly, Darkstripe by now must be feeling like he made a mistake, that he should’ve ignored Tigerstar. If he had, he could have kit’s, a mate (who? Maybe Goldenflower?) and a better life. A happy life.
2: Willowshine went on to have two other mates and kits with them too! In the books, Darkstripe has never seemed to like Graystripe, he treated him and Fireheart cruelly. As well as showing his hate for Sorreltail by almost killing her with deathberries. Well guess what they were his half-sister and half-brother! He must have taken it really badly! Maybe that was the reason for his unexplained anger towards the characters. His mother leaving him for another mate, leaving him without a father or a mother!
3: He never had a mate or kit, we have seen in the past how these things have changed annoying warriors, like Berrynose and Tigerstar (No offence Tigerstar and Berrynose enthusiasts!) maybe the treatment could’ve worked on Darkstripe, I think Darkstripe and Goldenfolwer would’ve made a perfect Combo and perfect kits! In my perfect world I can see them growing up to be amazing warriors. Go Goldenstipe (or Darkflower). I mean, Tigerstar wasn’t the best mate in the world was he?
Overall, let’s just say Darkstripe wanted a father. Tigerstar became that father, he tricked and manipulated him, and now Darkstripe is stuck in the Dark Forest with nobody to love him. I believe all Darkstripe wanted was love, and he never got it.