Brightkit argues why Ashfur should’ve gone to the Dark Forest.
Members of BlogClan, I am extremely tired of hearing Ashfur fans try to make excuses for this character. Here’s something you can’t deny: there’s a lot of things he did wrong, and he went unpunished. StarClan decided that Ashfur join them as if he hadn’t attempted multiple murders (and succeeded once, if you think Firestar’s lost life counts). They sent him to StarClan as if he had committed the tiniest crime. Before I make my points on why Ashfur is my least favorite character, here is a quick summary of him:
In Into the Wild, Ashkit is born to Brindleface, along with Fernkit and another kit, who dies shortly after birth. Later on, in Rising Storm, Ashkit is apprenticed to Dustpelt. In A Dangerous Path, Ashpaw’s mother is killed. Then, later, in the battle with BloodClan, Ashpaw and the other apprentices kill Bone to avenge Whitestorm. In the Warriors timeline, Ashpaw is made a warrior just before Firestar’s Quest. After all that, Ashfur is a pretty good background character that I liked. But then, in Dawn, Ashfur expresses his first sign of liking Squirrelflight (Squirrelpaw at the time). When Squirrelpaw and Brambleclaw return from their quest, Ashfur reaches out and touches his nose to Squirrelpaw’s, purring. Later, in Starlight, it becomes apparent that Ashfur is in love with Squirrelflight. This outraged me because it was completely out of the blue. There was almost zero development between the two (No offense, Erin Hunters). This article is about Ashfur, though, so I’ll get to the point and discuss why I disagree with some common defenses of him.
“Ashfur went through a lot of trauma as a young cat.”
The first death that Ashfur experienced was his littermate’s, Elderkit. He was too young to be able to remember anything about the kit later, and the kit hadn’t really developed any sort of close friendship with Ashfur for Ashfur to mourn. Then, his other littermate, Tulipkit, died as well. Ashfur was old enough to feel grief for Tulipkit. When Ashfur was an apprentice, Brindleface died as well. I understand how these deaths can affect Ashfur. However, even though a lot of his family died, it’s not okay that he attempted four murders. Cloudtail and Ferncloud were able to move on. Why couldn’t Ashfur?
“Squirrelflight rejected him, and it really hurt him.”
No, Squirrelflight didn’t really “reject” him. She never thought that they were in a romantic relationship in the first place. All she wanted was a good friend to help her get through her issue with Brambleclaw. When Ashfur told her he wanted to be more than friends, she kindly told him that she did not feel the same. She never tried to be enemies with Ashfur. It was Ashfur who was being cruel. He never really loved Squirrelflight. He was obsessed with her, and would NOT result in a healthy relationship.
“He practically didn’t have any kin or other cats to love him.”
I can clear that up easily. Almost every cat in the Clan believed his was a worthy, honorable warrior. He was fairly popular and had friends. Ferncloud didn’t just abandon him, either. Plus, when he died, Yellowfang supported him and the decision that he belonged in StarClan. Ashfur had supporters.
“He had issues with self-esteem, and he really just loved too much.”
If Ashfur had problems with his self-esteem, that doesn’t mean he should turn into a murderous lunatic. And he didn’t just love too much. As I said before, his feelings toward Squirrelflight were not real love. Would you call attempting to kill Squirrelflight’s family ‘love’? I wouldn’t.
“No cat actually died.”
Attempted murder is just as bad as murder. His intentions were evil, and cannot be justified.
Now, I understand that everybody has their own opinions, so please don’t hate me (but if you do like Ashfur, it may be interesting to hear why). Thank you for having the patience to read this article! 🙂