Ebonypaw theorizes about the behavior and parentage of Needletail.
Needletail is one of most hated characters in Warriors. She is seen as an angsty teenage stereotype who thinks she can do whatever she wants. However, what about her backstory?
In the Thunder and Shadow bonus scene (Barnes and Noble exclusive), she is seen as a timid Shadowclan apprentice who follows orders. She is a little upset over Tawnypelt’s bossiness but isn’t too mad about it. An owl later grabs and swoops her off the ground. Tawnypelt tries to free Needlepaw, but she fails. Needlepaw later attacks the owl, which drops her. Needlepaw meets with a rogue named Tree, who is her first friend. Tree later helps her find her way. When the duo later finds Shadowclan, Her mother Berryheart later reveals that they didn’t even try to look for her and just sat vigil. On top of that, Tree is kicked out!
Just imagine having your only friend rejected by your clan. Tree helped her return! Not only that, but they didn’t even check to see if the owl dropped Needlepaw! In A Dangerous Path, Thunderclan looked for Snowkit, a deaf kit, despite being kidnapped by a hawk! This is why Needlepaw doesn’t feel like she belongs. She’s bullied by her clan!
Many people complain about her manipulating Violetpaw. When you really think about it, they both relate to each other. They’re both bullied by Shadowclan, and they both feel like they don’t belong. They would much rather hang out with murderers than Shadowclan, that’s how bad Shadowclan is! Not to mention she’s the reason Twigpaw and Violetpaw are still alive.
Now for the theory part.
As we all know, Berryheart and Sparrowtail are her parents, or at least this is what she thinks. Violetpaw isn’t Clanborn and she’s bullied for that as Shadowclan isn’t good with rogues. Needletail is also bullied and forgotten. What if she isn’t part Shadowclan? Neither Berryheart nor Sparrowtail look like her. Now let’s look at Skyclan.
Looking at all the gray cats in Skyclan, there’s Echosong, Waspwhisker, Plumwillow, Harrybrook, Stormheart, Mistfeather, and Mintfur. Any of these could be Needletail’s actual parent, could they? No. First of all, Echosong is eliminated because she’s a medicine cat, and there’s no reason why she should break the medicine cat code. It can’t be Waspwhisker, as all three of his kits are revealed. Same with Plumwillow. Harrybrook doesn’t have a mate, Stormheart and Mistfeather are dead, and that leaves us with Mintfur.
Mintfur was a queen at the beginning of Hawkwing’s Journey. Her kits were already born by the battle but were very young. Their names were never mentioned. Mintfur stayed at the gorge with Nettlesplash, but it was mentioned that Mintfur and one kit of her’s would return. Needletail acts similarly to young Nettlesplash. Mintfur’s gray pelt is the same shade as Needletail’s. This might sound crazy, but it could be possible. Share your opinion below! Thanks for reading!