Would Mudclaw have been a bad leader? by Sparktooth

Sparktooth wonders what Mudclaw would’ve been like as leader.

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Hello again, bloggers! Sparktooth welcomes you to the newest article! I was reading an unforgettable scene in Starlight when Tallstar makes the decision to make Onewhisker deputy instead of Mudclaw before he died. I began to picture a parallel universe in Warriors where Mudclaw was Mudstar. Would he have been the leader Tallstar feared he would?

Throughout the series, Mudclaw seems to be the aggressive cat. However, I always thought he might have another side to him, and that if he were leader, he would be similar to Leopardstar. But Mudclaw was also a little disrespectful toward Tallstar a lot on the journey before he dies. This foolish behavior is most likely one of the things leading Tallstar to replace Mudclaw with Onewhisker.
“‘Onewhisker, I know you’re worried about Tallstar. Mudclaw is only doing his duty.’ ‘He doesn’t need to act like he’s leader already.’ Onewhisker growled. He sat down with a sharp glance from side to side, as if he were challenging any other cat to make a comment. ‘Onewhisker has a fair point,’ Firestar went on to Mudclaw. ‘It’s difficult for a deputy to stand in as leader-difficult for the rest of the Clan as well as their deputy.’ Mudclaw, who had raised his head arrogantly when Firestar seemed to be backing him up, looked furious.” -Starlight, pg. 24.

As most of the fandom knows, Tallstar supports everlasting friendship between WindClan and ThunderClan. I think almost everyone knows one of the reasons he replaced Mudclaw is because he worried Mudclaw would lead WindClan into too many battles. But another reason I think he chose Onewhisker is because he defended Tallstar’s honor when Mudclaw was being disrespectful. The book keeps hinting about Tallstar’s decision. I agree that Mudclaw was a courageous warrior, but based on his actions, I don’t think he was right to lead WindClan, either. If only he would’ve accepted Onewhisker’s offer and became his deputy. Instead he rebelled against Onewhisker, and was killed doing it. This aggressive behavior kind of reminds me of Thistleclaw. Only I would argue that Mudclaw isn’t evil, just aggressive.

Ok, here’s another question that came to mind: ‘Was Onestar any better than Mudclaw as leader? A lot of the Warriors fandom complains how when Onewhisker became Onestar, he completely changed. I agree to this. But he did it for the good of WindClan. WindClan needed a leader who did things only for the good of their Clan. I do argue that Onestar could’ve been a little friendlier with other Clans, though. But would Mudclaw have done something similar to that? What was Tallstar’s reaction in StarClan, was he surprised or did he expect Onestar to lead like that?

Well, that’s gonna wrap it up for this one. I can’t wait to read your comments about your thoughts on Mudclaw! Would he have been a good or bad leader in your opinion? Thanks again!

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November 13, 2017 12:33 am

I agree with everything you said in this article.

Sky
Sky
November 13, 2017 1:08 am

I think Onestar just got really nervous as a leader and wanted to make his Clan independent again. I think that Mudclaw would most likely have went to a far more extreme, and the fact that he warred when he didn’t get his way goes to show how he was. A cat who does what he did does not deserve the position of a leader.

Foxstar
Foxstar
November 13, 2017 2:10 am

Mudclaw would have been a terrible leader! I am so glad he got killed!

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November 13, 2017 6:43 am

Nice article, Sparktooth! Wow you make so many! I honestly don’t have an opinion on who became leader of WindClan but all your points are really good! 😀 I agree with what Sky said too.

Lightningpaw
Lightningpaw
November 13, 2017 7:22 am

Mudclaw might not have been too bad. Being leader could’ve made him a better cat. Then again he was pretty disrespectful towards Tallstar at the end so I don’t know!

Sorrelpaw [Sorrelstream] aka Sorzi
Sorrelpaw [Sorrelstream] aka Sorzi
November 13, 2017 7:32 am

Yes! I’ve always thought Mudclaw would be like Leopardstar!! I’m not sure if I want him to be leader of WindClan though.

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Mįštłętøė thāt hãñgš frøm Ŵįłłøŵ trėë {Wįłłøwñøšę}
November 13, 2017 12:44 pm

I actually liked Mudclaw and was looking forward to him becoming leader…

Ebonypaw (Ebonygaze)
Ebonypaw (Ebonygaze)
November 14, 2017 1:50 am

While I do think Mudclaw’s attack was justified because Onestar could’ve been lying (As Firestar and Bramblestar were the only witnesses), I doubt he would be a good leader since he did once deny Bluestar and a Firestar the right to go to the Moonstone (A Dangerous Path, I think).

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November 14, 2017 4:31 am

Nice article! I agree with everything too.

Loudfern
Loudfern
November 15, 2017 7:55 am

I ship Mudclaw x Leopardstar….just me???

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November 19, 2017 8:54 am

Yeah I agree – Mudclaw wouldn’t have been evil, just aggressive. The comparison you made with Leopardstar I totally agree with. I think that Onestar, even though he rejected ThunderClan, was probably the better choice to lead WindClan because although he was independent, he didn’t start fights with other Clans. Also Blackstar had to be deputy for ages before he became leader, and he didn’t rebel against his leader for it.

Ashybae
Ashybae
June 2, 2018 11:40 am

I think Ashfoot would have been a much better choice. I know Tallstar thought that Onestar would be great friends with ThunderClan, but ultimately, if he wanted them to be allies Ashfoot would have been better. She’s kind, and isn’t one to falsely accuse others without actual proof and she wouldn’t be like Onestar, and she was a great leader.

Creekstorm
Creekstorm
October 20, 2018 9:14 pm

There is a fine line between evil and aggressive. Any cat would’ve made a better leader than Onestar at this point. Onestar’s arrogance led to some tragedy in his own Clan in Crowfeather’s Trial. The dumb tom couldn’t see past his own whiskers and was so full of pride for himself and his Clan that he wouldn’t accept help when they needed it desperately. I feel if Mudclaw had been leader here, he wouldn’t like needing help from another Clan, but wouldn’t dismiss the idea completely.

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