The Great Rivalry of Firestar and Tigerstar by Juniperpaw

Juniperpaw discusses the long history between Firestar and Tigerstar.

Art by Faith-Wolff

Many, many people think that the TigerstarFirestar rivalry ended in The Darkest Hour. THIS IS NOT TRUE. The entire main series (excluding Dawn of the Clans and A Vision of Shadows) is based upon this rivalry.

The end of The Darkest Hour was a surprise to many. Everyone expected a battle between LionClan and TigerClan, therefore a battle between Firestar and Tigerstar. But that battle never came. Instead it was LionClan vs. BloodClan. But the ultimate Tigerstar vs. Firestar rivalry was not over yet.

In Omen of the Stars, it becomes increasingly obvious that the Dark Forest was going to battle the ClansStarClan. That battle, which takes place in The Last Hope, was just a rematch of the battle in The Darkest Hour, all of it built on Tigerstar and Firestar’s ongoing rivalry.

The final fight was at the very end of the Last Hope, when Tigerstar says, “I only have to beat you…” Then Firestar says, “Has it been worth it, Tigerstar? All the hate? All the death?” Tigerstar says, “Every moment.” Then he leaped onto Firestar, and their battle finally began.

Every moment in the Warriors Series was adding up to this moment. Everything the series had was based upon their rivalry. When Firestar finally beat Tigerstar, it seemed everything was all right now. Then the flaming free branch fell, and Firestar died. Then at the very, very end of The Last Hope, the final paragraph, it states, “There will be three cats, kin of your kin, with the power of the stars in their paws.They will find a fourth, and the battle between light and dark will be won. A new leader will rise from the shadows of his death, and the Clans will survive beyond the memories of his memories. This is how is has always been, and how it will always be.” This is such a fulfilling paragraph and it just wraps up everything that has happened in the series. All the prophecies, all the cats, were created for this moment.

For example, if Firestar had never come to the forest, he wouldn’t have been mates with Sandstorm, and Squirrelflight and Leafpool would never have been born, and then Jayfeather, Hollyleaf and Lionblaze wouldn’t have been born, and the prophecy of the three would never have existed. And if Firestar had never come to the forest, He wouldn’t have brought Cloudtail to the forest, and then he and Brightheart would not have been mates, and then Whitewing wouldn’t have been born, then Dovewing and Ivypool wouldn’t have been born, and the prophecy of the three would never have existed.

All in all, everything in the series was adding up to the final battle between Firestar and Tigerstar and the prophecy of the three. This revelation is why one moment seems to be connected to another, no matter how different they are. It all falls into place, and the Warriors series is complete.

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  • …….and then they wrote AVoS, spoiling the satisfying ending. But oh well.

    Nice article, I totally agree~

    • I like A Vision of Shadows because it’s about the kits of Tigerstar’s son and Firestar’s daughter so it kind of serves as a sequel and unlike Seekers which ended BEAUTIFULLY I’m glad Warriors is still being written because there’s WAY more characters and I really didn’t want it to end with Tigerheart sad so now that he’s getting his own Super Edition I’m really happy! It would be cool to have a sequel to Seekers about their cubs, but it’s not as needed as A Vision of Shadows was because while Bramblestar’s Storm DID have a sort of satisfying ending, I wanted to know what would happen to Tigerheart after that, while Seekers only has five main bears and the ending was just beautiful in soooooooooooooo many ways while in Bramblestar’s Storm Squirrelflight just said she was having kits, but that made me wonder too much like “Will we ever SEE their kits? What happened to Tigerheart and his relationship with Dovewing? Will he ever be happy?” So I’m glad we have A Vision of Shadows to back up Bramblestar’s Storm and that Seekers ended perfectly! I’m not sure about Survivors yet since we only have one and a half series’ of that!

    • I think my only complaint about AVoS is that SkyClan got driven out again. Which is sad to me since SkyClan deserved their happiness at the gorge. That being said it’s an interesting element to see where they go from here especially after Shattered Sky.