My Top 5 Antagonists in Warrior Cats by Ivymask

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Ivymask discusses some “evil” cats and their personalities in today’s article

Hello, my name is Ivymask! I’m new to BlogClan, but I wanted to start contributing as soon as possible. So, I thought, what better way to introduce my existence on here than to share my opinion? This will be a list of my favorite antagonists in the books. Maybe you don’t see these cats as antagonists, and you can tell me how YOU feel about them in the comment section. I’d really like to hear from you. Now, a heads up, my opinions on some characters are pretty unpopular, for a lack of better words, but I still hope you can respect that! Now, they won’t be in order for how much I like them, because I can’t decide who I love more and who I love a bit less, so keep that in mind! Without further ado, here is MY Top 5 Antagonists in Warrior Cats.
[WARNING] From this point on there will be spoilers! You’ve been warned!

CLEAR SKY
He is most likely the most hated character from Dawn of the Clans (which, by the way, is my favorite arc). I can understand why, though. He made some pretty dumb decisions and his actions were often thoughtless and pretty mean. But, oddly enough, as I began reading Thunder Rising, I loved him. He quickly became my favorite point of view to read from. His character was very relatable to me. Clear Sky is not by any stretch an evil cat. Here, look at the definition for antagonist:
a person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary.
Just because someone is considered an antagonist, does not mean they are evil! Clear Sky has been shown many times that he does indeed care about his Clan, and his family. He risked dying when One Eye was a threat, and he knew that there was a high chance he might die, but that didn’t stop him. Who went out to save Jagged Peak’s kits when they went missing? Clear Sky. Who saved Black Ear, and went looking for Gray Wing’s kits when Slash and his cats took them away? Clear Sky! Yes, I know he sent Jagged Peak away. Yes, I know he didn’t want to have anything to do with Thunder. But Clear Sky isn’t supposed to make all the right choices. No cat is, and no cat can. These characters are not supposed to be perfect and they are not supposed to do everything right. He’s not heartless, and he’s not cruel. I like to believe Clear Sky has trouble understanding others, and ever since Bright Stream’s death, he’s had trouble communicating and connecting with other cats. He really did want to make amends with Thunder, and he obviously regretted sending him away, but it feels like he wasn’t all that certain how he could fix things. He’s made mistakes, but he’s done a lot of good things too.
Let’s just ignore the fact that Moth Flight’s Vision flat out ignores any character development he went through. Because, wow, that irritated me so much.

BREEZEPELT
I’m going to give you a heads up, I am not completely familiar with Power of Three. I haven’t read it in years.
The son of Crowfeather and Nightcloud. Neglected and uncared for by his father, and fueled by his mother’s negative emotions, his anger festered as he grew. Breezepaw wanted to impress his father. But nothing he did seemed to cut it. Crowfeather didn’t have much interest in his son, or his mate for that matter, but we’ll get into that later. He turned to the Dark Forest and they gave him the attention he desired. Being ignored by someone you want to look up to sucks. Being ignored by your own father sucks. Breezepelt is not evil. They way he was raised was unhealthy and it had a negative impact on him as he grow older, and the Dark Forest wasn’t much help on the matter either. I know he attacked a medicine cat and a pregnant queen. That was bad. I’m not going to justify that, because it shouldn’t be justified. That isn’t an “oops, he did a bad thing” kind of thing, like when he sent Jagged Peak away or disowned Thunder. Clear Sky knew they both had places they could go to. But this isn’t about Clear Sky. I don’t have a whole lot else to say about Breezepelt, aside from the fact that I can sort of understand his anger and resentment towards Jayfeather, Hollyleaf and Lionblaze.

GOOSEFEATHER
I don’t exactly consider him an antagonist, but he’s worth talking about on this list. Almost everyone remembers him as the crazy, senile ThunderClan medicine cat from when Bluestar was a wee lil thing. He’s the cat who misinterpreted an omen and it resulted in the death of Moonflower. I, personally, only read Bluestar’s Prophecy after Goosefeather’s Curse, so I already loved him. He seemed absolutely crazy and his behavior was pretty odd in Bluestar’s Prophecy, like how he felt about Tigerkit. You can’t exactly blame him for being so off his rocker though. Goosepaw experienced every single prophecy that we’d seen so far at once, and he was cursed with the knowledge of the future, and the sight of deceased warriors. He had to live, knowing of what cats were destined to do. He couldn’t say anything about Pinestar eventually leaving his Clan to become a kittypet. No cat really acknowledged him when he spoke about how Tigerkit should not have survived- though, it’s hard to blame them. He was a very interesting cat to read about, especially in Goosefeather’s Curse. He might be one of my top 20 favorite cats.

MAPLESHADE
First of all, she’s the only female antagonist in the books- unless you consider Star Flower one, but I don’t- and she’s a pretty gosh darn cool one too. I’m not completely sure why, but I love her everlasting determination to bring down ThunderClan. She is a soul burning with resentment and it’s been years and she still hasn’t given up. She’s come close so many times, but sadly, she won’t ever get to see them crumble because ThunderClan is our starchild Clan. I’m here to talk about who she was before she died from the wounds Perchpaw gave her. I loved Mapleshade, and her cunning nature. She was a respectable cat, ignoring the fact that she broke the warrior code by becoming mates with Appledusk. Now, Mapleshade isn’t the best of cats. But I’ve always loved characters with flaws like her. I’m not going to lie to you guys. Mapleshade’s Vengeance made me cry a couple times. Her determination to avenge her kits, and her grief, broke my heart. She made for a pretty great villain too. That’s really all I can say about her, since there isn’t a whole arc with her point of view like Clear Sky had.

ASHFUR
Okay, I am trash for Ashfur, I’m going to lay that out there right now. I love the Ashfur from before all the drama with him in Power of Three (which I find was poorly written on his part). He was a caring friend, and a great shoulder to lead on when Squirrelflight needed it. He was a determined and loyal cat to his Clan, and hunted, patrolled and fought just like any other respectable warrior. I’m not going to defend his actions when he tried killing Firestar, or Squirrelflight’s kits, or how he and Lionpaw fought in that one scene. That is not the Ashfur that I love. The Ashfur I love is the loyal, compassionate cat who did his job well. The apprentice who was enthusiastic about avenging his mother and protecting his Clan. That is the Ashfur I love. What he’s done prior to his death was not okay, and I am not going to call Ashfur an angel or perfect because he is far from it.

So, that was my Top 5 Antagonists in Warrior Cats! This is all purely my opinions and headcanons on these characters, and I’d really like to know how YOU feel about them! Who are YOUR favorite antagonists? Do you agree with me? Tell me in the comments!

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Swiftbriar
Swiftbriar
September 21, 2016 10:33 pm

I hat Breezepelt! But I don’t actually think that Ashfur was going to kill Squirrelflight’s kin. Notice how I said kin. Anyway, I just think Ashfur wanted Squirrelflight to be very scared and then apologize o him, like almost begging for mercy, and then if that had worked, then he would have “forgiven” her. My opinion.

Jayfrost
Jayfrost
September 21, 2016 11:48 pm
Reply to  Swiftbriar

He trapped her “kits” in a circle of fire and blocked their only way of escape. What did he think was going to happen? And even if that was his plan, it’s still completely horrible. He put these innocent cats’ lives in great jeopardy in order to force a she-cat to apologize for something that absolutely did not need to be apologized for. She broke up with him because she didn’t love him anymore. She was completely in her right to do so – what else would you have her do, stay in a relationship she isn’t happy in just to make Ashfur happy? He had every right to be sad and upset, but he had no right to expect an apology from her for doing what was best for herself, and absolutely no right to put her family in danger to force an apology out of her.

Besides, he made it pretty clear that he intended for them to die. He certainly didn’t do anything to stop Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw from killing Firestar, and he didn’t let Squirrelflight’s kits go until he found a better way to hurt her.


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Fawny the Reindeer Fawn (Fawnspots)
September 28, 2016 9:40 pm

I love Clear Sky and Ashfur!

Corianderpaw (formerly Cinnamonpaw)
Corianderpaw (formerly Cinnamonpaw)
April 23, 2017 12:03 pm

StarClan logic:
– Lilywhisker is an elder of WindClan who’s leg was crushed in a cave-in, her heart crushed with it. She was young and really sad and angry that she couldn’t tunnel anymore ‘cos that was what she loved to do. She doesn’t accept her destiny of having a crushed leg! Send her to Dark Forest!
– Brightflower heard that her daughter killed her two kits. She was devestated and angry because she believed it. She is too angry that her daughter supposedly killed her newborns to be in StarClan! Send her to Dark Forest!
– Ashfur tried to burn his ex and her kin alive because the ex preferred another cat. He lured them into a ring of fire, and blocked all ways out. Well, he just loved Squirrelflight to much. Welcome to StarClan, Ashfur.
– Mudclaw did not accept that his leader chose another cat to be deputy on his deathbed, and therefore allied with a RiverClan (!) cat to destroy the Clan. Well, he did what he thought was right! Welcome to StarClan, buddy!

The name's Paw, Cinnamonpaw

lazy unsigned stoatkit
lazy unsigned stoatkit
April 23, 2017 2:05 pm

I don’t consider Brightflower and Lilywhisker’s afterlives to be canon, because they were revealed recently, but Mudclaw and Ashfur’s were in the book.
And I totally agree with you. StarClan logic = seriously?

Wollow
Wollow
April 23, 2017 2:59 pm

I don’t agree with Ashfur going to StarClan, but think about Brokenstar and Firestar. Cats from inside Brokenstar’s Clan allied with a ThunderClan cat, Firestar, to overthrow Brokenstar. You may say that was justified because Brokenstar broke the warrior code, but for all Mudclaw knew ONESTAR broke the warrior code. He wasn’t trying to DESTROY THE CLANS, he was trying to overthrow Onestar and claim his “rightful” place as leader. To be honest, I’d probably side with Mudclaw. It seemed so unlikely that only Onestar and his best friend heard it, and I doubt Mudclaw believed the story.

We don’t know much about what Lilywhisker and Brightflower may have actually done. As we knew them in the books, I don’t think they should have gone to the Dark Forest, but they may have more stories that weren’t shown in the books.

Ashfur should not be in StarClan. I can’t argue with that.

Wollow
Wollow
April 23, 2017 2:54 pm

I AGREE WITH YOU 100% ON MAPLESHADE THANK YOU

She has a tragic story, yes, but she’s not a good cat. She IS a villain. You may be able to find evidence to not-really-justify her actions while she was living, but she killed Spottedleaf a second time. She tormented Crookedstar, killing everyone he loved. HOWEVER she is interesting and FEMALE FOR ONCE and stuff

Moonshadow
Moonshadow
February 10, 2019 7:53 pm

This was a really great article. I love Breezepelt and Mapleshade to be honest.

Beepaw(Jaydapple)
Beepaw(Jaydapple)
February 22, 2019 10:22 pm

OH MY GOD :3

amazing article I LOVE breezepelt
and in crowfeather’s trial, he’s such a sweetie at the end of the books!

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