Was Tigerstar Really THAT Bad? by Mossfluff

Mossfluff wonders if Tigerstar was really that bad.

Art by Blaukralle

Wait, wait, wait. Before you start thinking ‘oh Tigerstar is totally evil, he was a killer,’ and hit the back button pause for one second and chill. Take a look back at Tigerstar with me. 😼

1. All Tigerstar wanted was a mighty and proud clan
He didn’t murder cats just for the joy of it, he murdered them because he was trying to make his clan mighty again. Bluestar said it herself in the first book, her clan was weak. Tigerstar was a strong warrior, and when he saw an opportunity to make his clan great again, he took it. All he wanted was a pure clan. No kittypets, making things weak, no halfblood cats, with their loyalties divided, just fully Thunderclan cats. You’re probably thinking about Redtail and Tigerstar’s attempted murder of Bluestar. Easy-peasy. He was impatient. It really sounds like a bad, bad case of OCD. He wasn’t a serial killer, folks.

2. He believed that Starclan approved of him
In Tigerclaw’s Fury, you notice a lot. In it he has a vision, and he thinks it’s an omen from StarClan. He must think StarClan must be mad about all the kittypets and half-Clan cats in the Clans, mainly ThunderClan. He really does stick to the warrior code, minus the few occasions. Tigerstar wanted two things: power over all the Clans and for those Clans to be the strongest in the forest.

3. Tigerstar…. and his heart
Of course! You can see how much he cares about Bramblestar when he’s trapped in the fire. At a first glance he comes off stone-hard and bloodthirsty, but that really might not be the case. The reason he later walked in Bramblestar’s dreams was because he knew that Bramblestar was destined to be leader, as Hawkfrost could be too. He knew Tawnypelt had no desire to be a leader whatsoever, and Mothwing was already a medicine cat so she was out of the question, which is why he never walked in their dreams. Even though he invited Tawnypelt into the Dark Forest once, and she refused. Another reason is because he didn’t want ThunderClan to die in a fire. ‘No cat deserves to die like that, surely?’ are his thoughts. I thought that was nice. He also was a perfectly sweet kit until Thistleclaw came along and turned him evil. Remember in Bluestar’s Prophecy when Thistleclaw goaded Tigerstar, then Tigerpaw, into at taking the tiny black kit that later turned out to be Scourge?

Anyway, maybe I’ve changed your mind about Tigerstar, or set you on the path to forgiving him. He did have a heart, it was just eroded by years of evilness. This is then end of my article, I hope you like it. 😺

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