Why I Think Twigpaw is a Bad Character by Spottedspirit

Spottedspirit shares their opinion on Twigpaw. Spoilers for AVOS!

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Spoiler alert: this article uses Twigpaw’s warrior name, and talks about several things about her. You have been warned!

Okay. I know not a lot of you like Twigbranch but I also know a lot of you do. All of this is my opinion completely, so if you like Twigbranch, turn back now and don’t read this.
One reason I don’t like Twigbranch is that she doesn’t ever take action. She sits back and watches. I know that a lot of characters do, but she is a MAIN CHARACTER! Main characters take action when the climax of the story takes place. Good main characters are; Jayfeather, Lionblaze, Ivypool, Brambleclaw, Firestar, Cloudtail, ect, ect.
Another reason is that she’s pretty fickle. She has zipped so much from ThunderClan to SkyClan that I’mm starting guess she’ll create her own Clan in a Raging Storm! The mighty TwigClan! Twigstar! Twigstar! Just kidding. But seriously, she is pretty fickle.
Reason three is, she doesn’t deserve Finleap. He helped her in her decision to go back to ThunderClan and on the way there, she treats him like fox dung! She keeps flashing back and regretting the past instead of staying in the present to love Finleap. Finleap has things he regrets, too, but Twigbranch hasn’t fully supported him since he recovered from losing his tail.
Reason number four, and the final reason, is that she never listens to the ones that love her. She has a loving sister, father, mate, and she has Alderheart all supporting her. And yet, she is always lumbering around like a dead badger felling oh-so sorry for herself. Plus, she basically always talking to Alderheart or Finleap in a deadpan tone. Why? Because she feels sorry for herself for not having a mother, father, or sister with her at all times. Well, Twigbranch, you know what? Neither does Sorreltail! Sorreltail lost both Willowpelt and Whitestorm at a very young age, then she lost her siblings to a badger attack and greencough. One of them, was lost to the same greencough that killed off Molekit/paw. Then, her other kit, Honeyfern, dies from a snake bite. Later on, she loses yet another kit, Seedpaw, to a flood. True, she was dead for that, but she never got to see her kit grow up to become a full warrior. And you know what? Sorreltail is still one of the most cheerful cat in the series! So, my point is, Twigbranch is not the best character.
Thank you for reading my post!

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  • Nice article. Personally, I’m neutral on Twigbranch. I believe that she should hold her family at a higher priority but I don’t think she’s that bad.

    • I also agree that Finleap should mean more to Twigbranch, he sacrificed a lot for her and all she can do is think about herself…

  • I like Twigbranch and I still read this because I wanted to know why you didn’t like her. 😛

    But anyway, here’s my personal opinion:
    1. She actually does take some action. In Shattered Sky, she actually left ThunderClan to try and find the remains of SkyClan when the ThunderClan cats had decided not to do anything, and she actually ended up bringing them back to the lake territories.
    2. Yeah, she did change her mind a lot, but I think that’s just part of her character and how she developed. Twigbranch had more of a connection with ThunderClan than Violetshine had with ShadowClan, but when SkyClan came, her father was already the deputy, and since Violetshine wanted to be with her kin instead of ShadowClan and joined SkyClan, Twigbranch was tied between her friends and cats who were like family to her in ThunderClan and her real family in SkyClan, so it took her a while to make up her mind, but now she’s realized her place is in ThunderClan, and I think she’s truly happy with her decision to be there. 🙂
    3. I thought her and Finleap were really cute and sweet together! And in Darkest Night, she was the main cat who cheered him up after he lost half of his tail! I think that even if they might have some problems with each other that they might need to get over, they still really love each other, and in the end, they’ll become an amazing couple! 😀
    4. I think she does listen to them sometimes and is grateful for their support (although Finleap and Twigbranch aren’t actually mates (yet)), and I don’t think she talks to them like that, I thought she was always pretty cheerful, and yes, sometimes she can be sad, but I think it’s okay to be sad sometimes, and it makes her a much more realistic character than if she was ALWAYS happy. I don’t really have anything to say about Sorreltail, but she’s a more minor character than Twigbranch, so how do we know that she didn’t have moments when she felt really sad? And that would be really realistic for someone who’s lost so much. I honestly just wouldn’t try to compare them though since they’re two different cats, and they both have reasons for being sad sometimes and reasons to be happy sometimes.

    Anyway, this is my opinion, and I respect yours! Personally, I DO prefer Violetshine over Twigbranch, but after reading Darkest Night and River of Fire, I’ve really grown to also love Twigbranch! 🙂

  • Nice article, Spotted! 🙂 I definitely agree that Twigpaw is very fickle – I wish she would just pick a Clan!

  • Like Aster said, no character is perfect. I don’t like Twigbranch all that much, but every cat/person deals with stuff differently. Twigbranch is just the type of cat that feels sorry for herself, I guess. But she’s still pretty young, so I hope she grows out of it. About your first point: remember the fire? In RoF, Twigbranch went right into danger to save Softpaw. That kinda showed her character growth, I think. I do agree with you about everything, but it doesn’t necessarily mean she’s badly written or a horrible character; she just has flaws.

  • Agreed. Twigpaw’s character is really off-putting and irritating. Most of the characters in this series are as well. It makes it hard to even read through the chapters that largely involve them. Not only that, but the some of the events were just far too dumb to take seriously.