Why Spiderleg isn’t that bad (SPOILERS) by Fawnpaw

Fawnpaw defends Spiderleg’s character.

Artwork by Tusofsky

Yeah, you read the title right. I actually like Spiderleg. And before I start, I found a pretty good video on this topic! It’s called ‘Spiderleg: THE WORST CAT DAD EVER? | Warriors’ by Bright Guardian Akira. It covers some of the things I’ll be saying here. So, I’ll be answering your invalid arguments.

“He neglected his kits and Daisy!”
Well, Spiderleg wasn’t ready for kits yet. Then why did he become mates with Daisy, you ask? Before you say ‘Well, he thought Daisy was infertile!’ I’m gonna tell you this: NO! Spiderleg was very much alive AND a warrior when Daisy brought HER kits into ThunderClan. So, here’s the real answer: Spiderleg loved Daisy, but he’s s h y. Also, he most likely never lost the grief of Shrewpaw, his littermate’s death. He never really interacted with his family, since he was the oldest child alive, and his parents usually cared for the younger ones. Here’s an example of Spiderleg’s shyness. This takes place after Ferncloud’s death, when they are sitting vigil. Birchfall comes over to sit vigil with his family, but Dustpelt pushes him away. Spiderleg doesn’t dare to object, because he’s SHY! You may argue that Icecloud and Foxleap didn’t argue either, but they were following their older brother’s example.

Most people’s excuse for Spiderleg would be ‘His parents neglected him, so that’s why he neglects his kits!’ And once again, I say NO to this! (Ayyyyyy Hamilton reference) Sure, Spiderleg was neglected by his parents by them having more kits, but he wouldn’t want his kits to feel the same way. He definitely still loves Daisy, as near to the end of OoTS, he starts trying to socialize with her again. Most things are getting closer to alright, ’til Toadstep dies. OF G R E E N C O U G H. In the video I mentioned, there’s a nice depiction of this scene. So go watch the video!

Anyways, Spiderleg and Daisy start to get closer and closer, and there’s finally hope of them loving eachother again!

Til Spiderleg dies. The same way his son did. They just killed him off by greencough, and he doesn’t even get a death scene!
Well, I’m done my Spiderleg rant! I’ll be doing more hated characters next, but my current list is:
Millie
Ashfur
Ferncloud
Crowfeather
Dovewing
Onestar
Clear Sky
Berrynose
Breezepelt
Nightcloud

I hope you liked this article!

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  • Great article, Fawny!! Wow I never would have thought of doing an article on him. You just made me kind of like him! Honestly I never really had an opinion on him though. But this article was well written. 🙂👍🏽 (I can’t wait to see your articles on Ashfur, Berrynose, Nightcloud, and Clear Sky! *jumps excitedly*)

  • Amazing article! you brought up some really good points and im starting to actually like Spiderleg now. Awesome job! Also I watched that video by bright and its great. Im really exicted to see a millie article next, great work!

  • Great article! 🙂 While I agree with some of your points, I don’t agree with all of them.

    I don’t know if you could say Spiderleg was shy. The time he didn’t object was only one time you mentioned. If he acted that way constantly than I would agree. But he doesn’t. I would say he was overwhelmed by the idea of having kits, so he took out his overwhelmed feelings with a short-temper. His father, Dustpelt, kind of had a short temper, too. So he probably took after that.

    Also, I would like to mention that Ferncloud and Dustpelt didn’t exactly neglect him. They loved him as much as all their kits. But they were very busy with the new litter, and trying to keep them alive while the Clans were trying to convince ShadowClan and RiverClan to leave the forest. Shrewpaw, Hollykit, and Larchkit had already died, and Birchkit(fall) was the most helpless out of their surviving kits. So Dustpelt and Ferncloud were determined to keep him alive, which took up a lot of time.

    But I do agree with almost everything else! I think Spiderleg should’ve had a death scene.

    Great job!

  • me too! because of your article i think its really sad for spiderleg. and i always thought he was a peace of fox dung!his parents are actually the pieces of fox dung.sad that he needed to die. why erins!why! great article fawnpaw!

    • No!!! His parents aren’t fox dung!!! None of them are! (I personally love FernxDust. I agree with Fawny about how his parents were stressed and busy with keeping Birchkit/fall alive and stuff. Spiderleg is just kind of another background character to me though)

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