Why Appledusk is the Worst Mate Ever by Sky

Sky presents: The eternal hatred of Appledusk.

Artwork by Silverblaze

Hello, BlogClan! I’m here with another article.

I know that 90% of the cats on the Blog love Mapleshade and hate Appledusk, but I just wanted to make an article anyways.

Appledusk was probably one of the only mates in the warriors series that flat-out cheated on his mate. He turned away a mother who had just lost her kits, jumped onto a she-cat he’d been flirting with just in case, and then did a “noble” act of sacrifice. He didn’t deserve StarClan. Not in the least.

First off, he CHEATED. He told Mapleshade that he loved her while he flirted with another she-cat behind her back, just in case something bad happened. He was a selfish brat who didn’t give a cinch to his mate, who was obviously smitten with him. When his kits died, he didn’t even think about feeling bad, he just threw all the blame on a heart-broken mother and kicked her out into the wild. He then decided, “Oh, yay, time for me to mate with this other lady I’ve been flirting with.” All he wanted to do was to carry on his tainted blood.

Fans of Appledusk might argue that he was very brave and noble when he sacrificed himself for Reedshine and his kits. All I get out of that is an attempt to look good and get into StarClan while carrying on his bloodline.

Secondly, he ABANDONED HIS MATE IN HER TIME OF NEED. Mapleshade had just lost the only thing that she had left – her kits. And why did she cross the river, you may ask? Because she thought that she’d be safe with Appledusk. Even after her kits drowned, she just wanted to be with Appledusk. And what did Applebutt do? He accused, yelled, and abused her. And then he appealed to his leader, with the help of his back-up mate, and wouldn’t even let Mapleshade rest for ONE NIGHT. All he cared about was saving face and his own comfort. In fact, Applebutt’s been abusing Mapleshade since she first fell in love with him. He’s abused her love for him, and all for himself. He’s a selfish butthead who should be in the Dark Forest.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that Applebutt is one of the worst mates ever. I highly doubt that he truly loved Mapleshade and Reedshine, he just wanted to carry on his bloodline.

I can’t wait to read your comments! ๐Ÿ™‚


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  • I have to agree with this. If Appledusk hadn’t rejected Mapleshade then perhaps she would have been able to stay with Riverclan and had more kits. I don’t exactly agree with him abusing her before her kits drowned, or him not loving her.
    If he had defended her and she was able to stay then I absoloutly ship Appledusk and Mapleshade.

  • Oh itโ€™s worse than Appledusk just flirting with Reed while he was mates with Mapleshade, he actually got Reed pregnant before his kits sigh Maple died.
    Mere days after the kits died, Mapleshade over hears Reed talking about how sheโ€™s expecting his kits

    • Oof, I thought it was worse enough for Mapleshade to find out Appledusk is acctuly mates with Reedshine, But no, then Erin decides Mapleshade should find out Reedshine is having Appledusk”s kits! and people say Mapleshade is bad…. Smh

    • WHAT?! I feel that Appledusk is a terrible character too because he acts all too innocent hes the one who made mapleshade look like the evil one as hes the one who broke her .And i think reedshine never knew that she was just the other lady a extra who was never going to be loved at all if Mapleshade had been able to make them cross the river without complications then yes indeed reedshine would instantly be thrown away like a piece of trash and left with his kits without him as he so either way he tried appledusk would always be the villain .

    • Mapleshade is a self-absorbed, lying, selfish, deleterious serial-killer who blames others for her own irrational and easily avoidable mistakes and she doesn’t deserve the attention and defence from the fandom that she gets.

      • ๐ŸŒŠ[ {Wavefur }โ€ข:ยฐ She/Her โ€ข:ยฐ A7 B2 โ€ข:ยฐ Medicine cat ]๐ŸŒŠ says:

        I disagree, in a stage of grief where youโ€™ve not only lost your clan, your kits AND your mate she was bound to go insane. almost all of this could have been avoided if Appledusk would have let her in the clan, instead he *cheated* AND didnโ€™t even feel bad when his kits died. I understand that Mapleshade killed people โ€œresponsibleโ€ for her kits death, but in the end I think both Mapleshade AND Appledusk are bad, just in two different ways.

  • Appledusk is a bad mate and all, but (hopefully) nobody will ever be as bad of a mate as Tom in this series.

  • It’s a difficult to decide between your mate from another Clan or your own Clan, and we need to remember that, but I can agree that Appledusk was a pretty horrible mate. I mean, what?! How could you blame Mapleshade for your kits’ deaths when you couldn’t help them either. Mapleshade almost drowned trying to save them! But in all honesty, Mapleshade could have handled the situation in a better way than murdering her former mate in front of his new mate, then trying to punish her former mate’s descendants. What did poor Crookedstar ever do to her? What kind of a horrible cat tricks a kit into letting all those he loves die, right after his jaw got disfigured?! And THEN, like that’s not enough, she tries to kill Sandstorm and ends up killing Spottedleaf! I know that Appledusk is the worst mate in the Clans, but Mapeshade didn’t exactly improve from there.

    • Him blaming her for the deaths was valid:
      She was exiled for her own crimes and lies and then proceeds to make the kits swim through a flood during a raging storm, not even attempting to find a safer alternative, such as calling for a RiverClan patrol, looking for a safer way across or at least finding somewhere to wait while the storm passed.

      “I don’t want to!” Patchkit wailed. “There’s too much water!”

      If a young kit can see these blatant dangers, there is simply no excuse for Mapleshade. Mapleshade had literally JUST left ThunderClan, so it’s incredibly unlikely they would’ve been attacked. Neither were they even being actively chased. Even if they were caught after having enough time to leave, they obviously wouldn’t kill her with her kits. And when Mapleshade was caught trespassing after the three kit’s deaths, she was offered a chance to leave without a fight, only threatening to call a patrol. And as a mother with three recently-born kits replying to her, the worst case scenario would be a few warning bites or scratches, but most defiantly not severe injuries or death. Most likely they would’ve been escorted out through a safer route. Making three kits swim in a visible flood just seems irrational and reckless, not to mention unnecessary.

      Let’s not forget Appledusk SAVED Mapleshade as well as attempting to save the kits. He could’ve easily drowned as well. And unsurprisingly Appledusk no longer wanted to be involved with the cat who had caused his all precious CHILDREN’S demise with her pure stupidity and recklessness. It’s pretty reasonable to blame her and be mad at her, if you ask me. And unlike Mapleshade, who never openly regretted her actions, Appledusk admitted to his crimes and seriousness of it all and proceeded to beg for forgiveness and to stay loyal to the code, to his Clan leader. It was IforgotHerNameStar’s final decision to banish Mapleshade and Appledusk, as an exposed traitor, had absolutely no authority to tell the Clan LEADER would she could or couldn’t do. And later in the novella, when Mapleshade challenged him to a fight, he told his former mate he didn’t want to hurt her. He also sacrificed himself for Reedshine. Not to mention Mapleshade had kidnapped and threatened the life of his innocent apprentice Perchpaw.

      (Also, Mapleshade never nearly drowned trying to save her kits).

    • I think Appledusk is awful becuse he left Mapleshade when she needed him most and I liked the part where she avenged her kits by killing Ravenwing, Frecklewish and Appledusk. Mapleshade almost killed Reedshine as well but Appledusk jumps in front of her so he died instead of Reedshine. I still wish Reedshine had died. Though, Sandstorm and Spottedleaf are two of my favorite charecters so that sucks as well becuse I like Mapleshade and Sandstorm and Spottedleaf……..

  • I completely agree! Mapleshade thought she could live in RiverClan with Appledusk, even though she had lost her kits. Instead, Appledusk was like: โ€œHey get outta here Maple stop ruining my reputation with this other lady Iโ€™ve been flirting with while weโ€™ve been together!โ€ He didnโ€™t even care that his kits DROWNED! Down with Appledusk!!!!!

    • He did care. He attempted to save them from the dangers that Mapleshade threw them into, he stated many times before the incident that he was proud of his children, and no longer wanted to be involved with the cat who he reasonably blamed for her deaths, which shows he cared about them.

      He might’ve been a bad mate but he was a good father nonetheless.

      • Oh. My. Goodness. A GOOD father? A GOOD FATHER????

        How could ANYONE possibly consider him a GOOD FATHER? If a cat was a GOOD FATHER then he wouldn’t seem indifferent and move on so quickly after their deaths! He would not have immediately cursed Mapleshade!

        And how in the world was it Mapleshade’s fault? Yes, she was a little naive but she believed that she had a true love on the other side of the river who would help her! And there were literally stepping stones! What happened to her kits was a tragic incident that cannot be blamed on Mapleshade AT ALL. If anything, Appledusk should be blamed for being an UNCARING butt of a mate and father.

        Also, he ONLY stated that he was proud of them because he was probably just trying to put on a perfect little mask when he had already been hooking up with Reedshine at that point. I should add that good mates AND father’s do not cheat. Divorce and then remarriage is okay, but cheating is not. It is being unfaithful to both your mate and kits.

        Sorry if this struck you as rude, but I am SO PASSIONATE about this topic and I use caps a lot because I’m too lazy to bold or indent code. ๐Ÿ˜›

        • Sorry for the late reply bUT
          even in the Warriors universe, it’s not uncommon to take multiple mates, Dovewing, Crowfeather, Goldenflower, Willowpelt, Ect.

          This is just to name a few, but why is Appledusk signalled out from this multitude? I’m not saying he did the right thing, but why is he the only cat bashed on for this? Because a fan favourite hated him? And it was reasonable for him to be mad at Mapleshade for the deaths. The river was visibly flooding, and the book kept stressing out how tired and hungry the kits are. Not to mention she swims BEHIND them But I already left a comment on this article about why he was in the right to blame her, so I want go into all the details again. But when Mapleshade admitted to intentionally making the kits swim through a flood, Appledusk was horrified. And he obviously no longer wanted involvement with the cat that he thought was responsible for the deaths. I will also further stress out the point that he threw himself into the face of blatant danger in an attempt to save the kits. The water was incredibly violent and he could’ve drowned himself . Doesn’t at least that show he cared?????????

          • Dovewing only took ONE mate she turned bumblestripe down
            Crowfeather lost one mate to death the other was a clear break up.
            When mates separate itโ€™s clear like the whole Spiderleg issue or even crowfeather and nightcloud. Literally mapleshade thought they were still together because not even a month ago they were all lovey dovey then suddenly โ€œoh I been seeing this shecat for a while byeโ€ nah man

    • Idk if I was be rude okay? Just stating sum points ๐Ÿ˜‰

      She intended to kill Reedshine not Appledusk. But she killed him out of anger because he betrayed her. He betrayed her in the first place. I know friendship across the border is wrong like its the first code. Bluestar was lucky.
      Mapleshade only wanted a mate and kits. She wanted love. But that bloody mouse-heart left her. I wonder why he deserves Starclan at all and deserves to stay in his clan. He broke the first code anyways.
      If she wasnโ€™t cast out of clan, she would have watched her kits grow until they were warriors. thats what she wished for. And then some cats had to ruin it resulting in them being killed.

    • Mapleshade murdered her “mate” because she was angry at what he had done with Reedshine and had cheated on her. She had to legit endure the pain of giving birth to her kits and they drowned. And then Appledusk didn’t even CARE about the pain that she had to face. But you’re kind of right. She didn’t have to go and kill Appledusk, but she was supposed to kill Reedshine. You also got to remember that that stupid apprentice of Appledusk screwed up the plan to kill that Reedshine in the first place.

      • How on earth is Perchpaw “stupid”? Mapleshade had literally just kidnapped him, killed his mentor and was going to kill an innocent pregnant Queen. She also killed two members of her own Clan, including the Medicine cat. If she was willing to do that to her own Clanmates, she’d have no pity towards Riverclan cats. Mapleshade clearly wasn’t going to stop any time soon. Perchpaw did everyone a favor by killing her off.




    • Okay I’m aware this comment is sort of old But let me just-
      Okay first.
      He cared about Mapleshade and his kits. He risked his life throwing himself into danger to save them, and was just as sad when the kits died. When he figured out Mapleshade took her TIRED and HUNGRY kits across a FLOODED river, he fully believed her reckless actions had gotten them killed. He didn’t defend Mapleshade because, well, if Mapleshade should go to StarClan even though she killed three cats because of her kits’ deaths, surely Appledusk does too as he rejected her instead of KILLING THREE CATS for his kits deaths. Appledusk “cheated” on Mapleshade because he believed if he was with Reedshine, RiverClan would not question if he was mates with a ThunderClan cat. And no, he didn’t do this just for his reputation, he did it to PROTECT ๐Ÿ‘ HIS ๐Ÿ‘ MATE ๐Ÿ‘ AND ๐Ÿ‘ CHILDREN ๐Ÿ‘! He likely did grieve for his kits, you just didn’t see it as he felt he had to stay strong in front of the cat he believed got them killed, and technically, did. And “Poor Mapleshade” didn’t “do nothing.” She murdered two cats, kidnapped an innocent apprentice, and attempted to murder a HEAVILY PREGNANT CAT who did nothing to her except for a few “you don’t belong here”s in RiverClan, and wouldn’t you be salty towards the girl your man was cheating on you with? I would too.

    • Mapleshade killed two cats, kidnapped an apprentice, and attempted to kill a pregnant queen, all without feeling any guilt. And this is just the stuff she did IN LIFE.

      Appledusk rejected Mapleshade because he believed she got his kits killed, and saved Reedshine’s life. The entire time Mapleshade was attacking him, he refused to fight.

      Appledusk in no way deserves to go to The Dark Forest.

  • Well, Mapleshade is my favorite cat in the whole series and I am willing to defend her. I mean I kind of understand her. Appledusk literally ditched her for, I think, Snowtuft! He didn’t care that she lost the only thing she had left! She nearly died trying to save her kits! He didn’t care at all! DOWN WITH APPLEDUSK!!!!!!!!!!!! Mapleshade should be the one to go to Starclan, not Appledusk!!!!!!!!!!

    • Snowtuft is a Dark Forest tomcat.

      He got with Reedshine to prevent RiverClan cats getting suspicious, and to protect his ThunderClan mate and kits.

      Appledusk ALSO almost died trying to save the kits. I mean, you’ll remember that if you read the book. Or, if you just remember that scene.

      The entire reason he rejected her is because he believed she had gotten the kits killed. I mean, she took them out to a flooding river. And tried to cross the stepping stones. When there is actually a proper bridge just to the Northeast. Appledusk loved the kits and fully believed Mapleshade had gotten them killed.

      Mapleshade killed two cats, tried to kill a pregnant queen, and kidnapped an apprentice.
      Appledusk simply REJECTED the cat he believed got his kits killed and then proceeded to sacrifice himself for… like… a cat who didn’t just kill two cats and kidnap his apprentice.

  • I love how we all literally hate these cats we’ve known for 6 chapters of a book, because we see it from the point of view of someone who is angry at them.
    Not hatin, I’m part of this
    Just love seeing everyone get so mad at eachother for a book that lasts 9 chapters. Just love it.
    P.S Mapleshade should have at least slashed Reedshine’s belly when she had the chance – my only regret

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