What the Characters of Warriors Have Taught Me by Wavesplash

Wavesplash shares some lessons she learned from the series.

Art by PheoSiana

Hi everyone! It’s Wavey here with a (hopefully) interesting article. I’ve been reading Warriors steadily for about two and a half years now, and I know the characters and their stories really well. They’ve taught me a lot! Today I’d like to share with you the important lessons that I learned from Warriors and its characters ๐Ÿ™‚

Note: There may be spoilers, so be warned!

There is always room for a fresh start (Yellowfang)
In The Prophecies Begin, Yellowfang was cast out by her illegal son, Brokenstar. She knew being with Raggedstar and having Brokenstar was wrong, and everyone suffered for it. But Yellowfang was never a bad cat. She went to ThunderClan and served them well, and was a very important cat in Firestar’s and Cinderpelt’s lives, just to name a few. She was the one who finally killed Brokenstar, and even after that it nearly killed her knowing what she’d done. But ThunderClan gave her a new life and sheltered her even after they learned the truth. From Yellowfang I learned that there is always room for a fresh start. You can always help people and turn to others if you need it.

Your most painful moment doesn’t define you (Cinderpelt, Brightheart)
Cinderpelt’s leg was crushed by a monster and Brightheart’s face was torn off by dogs. This diverted their warrior paths. But Cinderpelt and Brightheart not only survived, but thrived. They learned medicine cat skills. They helped the Clan. They didn’t let their injury hold them back. From Cinderpelt and Brightheart I learned that even if a moment seems painful and your defining moment, it isn’t. How you deal with that moment can set you free.

People are not defined by their family and who they spend time with (Whitestorm, Tawnypelt, Longtail, Bramblestar)
Whitestorm was the son of Thistleclaw, Tawnypelt and Bramblestar are the kits of Tigerstar, and Longtail was Darkstripe’s right-paw cat. But they all turned out to be good cats. They faced judgement, but they pushed through it and became heroes in their own right. Whitestorm, Tawnypelt, Longtail, and Bramblestar taught me that everyone is defined by themselves, not the ones around them, and that nobody should judge another for those around them.

Strength and heroism can come from the strangest places (Scourge)
In The Prophecies Begin, it seemed up until the moment that Tigerstar died that Tigerstar would be the end boss villain and that the series would end in a Tigerstar vs Firestar boss battle. Nope! Scourge took out Tigerstar. Scourge may have been a villain, but in that moment he was a hero. Scourge was also tiny, and so everybody overestimated him. Scourge taught me that everyone can have hero and villain moments, and that strength isn’t defined by appearance.

It’s important to be close to your sibling, because you can have the strongest bonds of all (Leafpool and Squirrelflight)
Leafpool and Squirrelflight are verrrrry close for siblings. They each had a POV in The New Prophecy and had a special, magical connection. Squirrelflight took on Leafpool’s kits for each other. They needed each other. One of my favorite things about them is their bond and love for each other. Being a sibling myself, I think it’s important to have a close bond with your sibling, though you probably won’t end up having a magical bond ๐Ÿ˜› Leafpool and Squirrelflight taught me that siblings are one of the most important things in life.

It’s more important to do what is right than to do what you’re supposed to (Littlecloud and Whitethroat, Cinderpelt)
During ShadowClan’s first great sickness, Littlecloud and Whitethroat snuck into ThunderClan territory for help, and even after being turned away and told not to, Cinderpelt secretly cured them. This ended up being good for ThunderClan because while Whitethroat died, Littlecloud became ShadowClan’s medicine cat and was a friend to ThunderClan. He was a very wise cat and lived until Thunder and Shadow, and was clearly very respected by ShadowClan. None of that would have happened if Cinderpelt had followed orders and let them die, or if Littlecloud and Whitethroat had followed orders and stayed in their territory. Littlecloud, Whitethroat, and Cinderpelt taught me that sometimes it’s better to follow your gut and help others.

Everyone has something they’re good at, and it might not be the same as other people’s strengths, but it’s still just as important. (Moth Flight)
Moth Flight was terrible at hunting and fighting. She’d rather explore and find new plants, and find out what they could be used for. At first, her Clanmates found her almost useless. But Moth Flight went on to become the very first medicine cat, found the rest of the medicine cats, find the Moonstone, lead the first leader to get her nine lives, name StarClan, and more. She’s one of the most important cats in WindClan history and in Clan history overall. Moth Flight taught me that not everyone has the same strengths as the people around them, but everyone has their own strengths and they’re all important. It’s important to go out and try new things.

People are always stronger if they band together (Firestar)
The Clans bonded together quite a few times over the course of the series to overcome the obstacles they all faced, like the Great Journey and fighting off the Dark Forest cats. Every time, the Clans prevailed because they helped each other. They forgot their Clan boundaries and saw each other as cats, Clan cats, just like them. Firestar was responsible for the Clans coming together for most of these events, and he taught me that people are always stronger together and that it’s important to fight for this.

That’s pretty much it! Thanks for reading! What lessons have Warriors taught you? Should I do a Part 2? (there are more but this was getting pretty long!) Comment down below! Cya soon! Wavey out *waves* <3

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