Opinions on Villains by Softpaw

Softpaw shares their opinion on two villains from the series.

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So, imagine you are at war with another country and giving birth with someone from that country is an absolute Nono. A few days ago two of the most loved soldiers died to someone’s hand. Unfortunately, you fall for that someone. You give birth, and everyone assumes that they belong to one of the fallen soldiers. Then a healer finds out your secret, and tells it to your country. You and your children get driven out, and you try and cross a river to get to the other country, but unfortunately the river has flooded and your children die. You beg for the other country’s mercy, but get driven out and find out that the soldier you fell for has cheated on you. What do you do? This is the unfair story of Mapleshade. She ends up killing the cats she finds responsible. Instead of the medicine cat I would have killed Oakstar as what he did was against the warrior code, leaving kits to be killed. This is bad, but then she ends up killing all of Appledusks kin in the dark forest and coaxed Tigerstar to walk the path of no stars. At this point, she’s evil. But Starclan should have done something, like giving her a meeting with her kits, or giving her another chance at life. However, they let her soul rot in the dark forest until she was pure evil. Bad choice on Starclan’s part. Mapleshade could have been a great warrior but gave herself up to heartbreak.
As a child, you are bullied and mistreated until you snap. You walk away from home, only to be attacked viciously by a clan cat. You vow to take revenge against the clans and create a dictatorship for yourself. Scourge is a misled character who made bad decisions but is a fan favorite. Should he have done what he did? No, but neither should Tigerpaw or Thistleclaw attack him as a kit. He is a highly debatable character but can be either pitied, hated, or admired. He ends up giving way go evil, glad to have power when he was used to be bullied.

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  • Agreed on Mapleshade. If StarClan had allowed her in and she had gotten to see her kits, she would have been a great StarClan cat. Also, it should be known that she had hallucinations of her kits who were telling her to kill three cats who had hurt them so that they could have a happy afterlife.

    I dislike Scourge.

  • Interesting article Softpaw! I like how you put it in a human’s perspective 🙂 Nice job. Mapleshade is one of my fav villains 😛

  • I have a great deal of sympathy for Mapleshade and I find it very odd that StarClan went out of their way to deliver a sign to Ravenwing telling him of the truth of Mapleshade’s kits. I also find it odd that they in turn made no effort to reach out to Mapleshade as she was struggling with hearing the voices of her kits.

    Really what Mapleshade needed was support, and had Appledusk not just thrown her aside maybe she wouldn’t have snapped. Or maybe if she just had someone give her direction and quell those voices she’d have found a way to be good.
    But since for some reason StarClan decided to throw Mapleshade under the proverbial bus, they created one of their worst enemies. Actually looking at things now it’s very fitting she killed Spottedleaf. Spottedleaf was the poster StarClan cat and Mapleshade was THE Dark Forest cat. So it was fitting Mapleshade killed her before being eradicated herself

    As for Scourge, I think the biggest issue was Scourge had developed such a cold personality towards others and more often than not was made to feel powerless because of his small size. Starting with bullying from his siblings, to when Tigerpaw attacked and nearly killed him. That was what drove him to be very tyrannical. He got power in his claws and did everything to make it absolute. Willing to get bloody if the situation called for it.

    While yes, events like dealing with Tigerpaw and the Like didn’t help, Scourges choices to act as he did set him on the path he ended up on.


    (By the number of fans Mapleshade’s got, it seems as if she’ll have to resign as an evil character :P)

  • I think Scourge’s story is interesting. He was a kittypet named Tiny and was bullied by his siblings and told he would be thrown into the river. Lots of people say it was all their fault (especially Ruby’s), but they were also just kits. Socks and Ruby were wrong to do what they did, but they may not have realized how much it was really affecting him. (They may have realized when they were adults though). Tiny ran into the forest and was attacked by Tigerpaw when Thistleclaw let him. That was clearly Tigerpaw and Thistleclaw’s fault, so Scourge ran into the city where he grew up with rogues. It wasn’t all his fault he ended up there, but he was definitely evil, just not from the start. It wasn’t really until he killed the rogue and got all that power. Nothing was justified, but when you think about it it is kind of sad that his story was like that. In the end, he got killed by Firestar. But really, Firestar was just defending himself and ALL the other cats from him. I do love Scourge, but only because I find him interesting, and I loved The Rise of Scourge! He’s also really cool (He has dog and cat teeth on his collar and dog teeth on his claws! Not even Darktail (who I find even more cruel than Scourge) has that!)

  • Scourge and Mapleshade both had very interesting stories, but what they did was not justified. I’m glad that someone agrees with me on Scourge, because most of the fans on other Warriors websites I have seen are die-hard “Scourge isn’t evil” fans. Great article Softpaw!😀

  • I thought Scourge was pretty okay but the whole “sad backstory” kinda spoiled it for me because I’m not really into the “Villain is evil because s/he had a troubled childhood.” I still think TROS was a pretty cool manga, and I liked the Old She-cat.

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