Top 10 saddest deaths from the original series by Frostedpool

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Frostedpool lists the saddest deaths from the original series.

So yeah: good luck. In honor of Halloween and Day of The Dead, I am going to bring back some painful memories of the saddest deaths from the first series. This is all my opinion, so don’t feel offended if your favorite cat’s death wasn’t mentioned. This discludes any characters who have backstories that make their deaths sadder (Scourge.) Anyway here we go!

10. Silverstream: Her death really didn’t destroy me like some of these other cats, but still, it was so unexpected. It also caused my permanent hate of ShadowClan (Or at least ShadowClan how it is most of the time 🙂

9. Gorsepaw: This death wouldn’t be as sad if it weren’t for Onewhisker. His devastated explanation always makes me sad to read or reread the first series. As Onewhisker explained Gorsepaw’s death, and all the cats mourning him, it is always a tear jerker. This death always makes me hate Tigerstar so much

8. Whitestorm: I’ve always loved Whitestorm. He was such a monumental character, always kind to Firestar, and he is one of the first ThunderClan cats we meet. So that makes his death all the sadder. And how he tells Firestar “I was never destined to be deputy?” Somehow that makes it sadder: like he died without believing he was good enough.

7. Silverstream: How could I not put this one on the list somewhere? Silverstream was a cat I loved because of her uniqueness in the first series. Now and days the concept of cross Clan lovers is a bit overused, but Silverstream was the original. And when she died, it caught me off guard. And it was devastating. Her and Graystripe were so cute together too.

6. Swiftpaw: I loved Swiftpaw: and his death was so unjustified. This death made me furious at Bluestar. All he wanted was to be a warrior! And he deserved it!!!

5. Lionheart: I wish I could forget this tragic death, He was so nice! Lionheart was a great character, but his death was neccacary. (Btw someone make a fanfiction about and AU where Lionheart lives) Again, another cat who started my hatred if Shadowclan through death.

4. Brindleface: This death was TERRIBLE. I felt like it was so unfair, like Brindleface had so much more of a life to live. I mean she is Dustpelt’s sister (And Ferncloud’s mom, which is REALLY CREEPY.) She was kind of a forgotten character, but still, this death still gets me every time. I mean, was it really neccasary?
3. Snowkit: WHY DID CINDERPELT GET A REBIRTH BUT NOT SNOWKIT? I WANT ANSWERS STARCLAN!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

2. Stonefur: NO. WHYY YOU WERE SUCH AN AMAZING BEAUTIFUL CHARACTER WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DIE? (At least you died a noble death though)

1. Yellowfang: This. Was. The. Saddest. Thing. I. Have. Ever. Read.

  18 Replies to “Top 10 saddest deaths from the original series by Frostedpool”

  1. December 25, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Nice article 😺! I think you doubled the Silverstream one, still I agree with you– those deaths made me cry a lot 😿.


    !!Running for senior warrior!!

  2. Marrowfrost who doesn't feel like logging in
    December 25, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I agree with most of these, except for Swiftpaw and Silverstream. Silverstream was kinda asking for death if she walked all the way from camp to Sunningrocks to give birth to Graystripe’s kits. Their kits and her would both be alive if she hadn’t done that. But apparently having a skilled medicine cat and a whole Clan surrounding you isn’t good enough to give birth to your kits. Apparently having two warriors, a deputy, and a new medicine cat apprentice is waaaaaaay better.

    As for Swiftpaw…if he was dumb and immature enough to face the creatures at Snakerocks, then he doesn’t deserve to be one. Being a warrior requires patience, maturity, and skill. Swiftpaw may have had skill, but sure didn’t have the patience to wait and the maturity to not go and attack creatures that could possibly kill you. Swiftpaw obviously didn’t have these traits, and decided to get himself killed all because Bluestar wouldn’t give him his warrior name. He really doesn’t deserve any sympathy if he throws a tantrum over not getting his warrior name. Swiftpaw was the reason he ended up in StarClan so early, and the reason why Brightheart got scarred for life (and received the name Lostface to remind her of her scars).

    Honestly I thought both of these cats were stupid and brought their own deaths upon themselves. But that’s just my opinion. 🙂

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    • Festive Foxies Frisking Through Snowflakes
      December 25, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      I agree with you on Swiftpaw. He was kind of annoying and quite immature. Brightheart didn’t deserve him (Cloudtail is awesome!).

      As for Silverstream, her relationship with Graystripe really annoyed me (it was Graystripe who annoyed me though, not her) but her death was really sad for me because it was shocking and was a surprise. She was also the first death I actually cried at in Warriors. (plus I love her name lol…). I mean of course both hers and Graystripe’s actions weren’t the best and their relationship was just super annoying but it was just her sudden death that made me tear up.


      What an awkward situation

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    • December 25, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      I agree. I don’t really tend to sympathise with characters if their situation was brought upon themselves. This is mainly why I don’t have any pity for characters like Ashfur and Mapleshade.


      Butter is love

    • Prowlclaw
      December 27, 2018 at 12:02 am

      I disagree with both of them.

      First, Silverstream was going to meet Graystripe because he was her mate and she wanted to talk to him. She had no idea she was going to kit that instant. Let me ask you this; when a pregnant woman is about to go into labor, does she before hand know she will? No! Because we can only make a generally estimate when the baby is going to be due. But this is with our advanced technology. They are at the bare bones basics of telling when kits are due. All they can do is look at the mother’s stomach and go, “Oh, it seems like your stomach is pretty big, looks like your kits might be due soon!” There is also the chance that they will be due early or later then the expected time.

      Also, when a pregnant woman is almost due, she doesn’t sit at home all day. She has a life to live and necessities to take care of. If she goes into labor, she is rushed to the hospital. Unless she is proven to have trouble giving birth, she cannot stay at the hospital for pregnancy. There are plenty of cats who could give birth without a medicine cat at all! There isn’t another instance other than Silverstream of a cat dying of pregnancy, meaning mother mortality rate (Specifically because of pregnancy) is very low. Silverstream probably had a problem that medicine cats couldn’t detect.

      For Swiftpaw, he didn’t know what creature was at sunning rocks. All they ever saw of the creatures was that it ate some of Brindleface, who was already killed by Tigerstar. For all they know, it could’ve been a fox or some other predator native to the forest. Another point is, they were right to think they could take on the creatures. For one, their warrior ceremony was long overdue, meaning they were the size of a full grown warrior. Even one warrior with, enough skill, is shown to be able to take down a badger! Swiftpaw was also show to be a good fighter, and with another cat for manpower, they was almost a sure win. Let me remind you, that Firepaw took on the whole of Shadowclan to get his warrior name. He could’ve been easily over powered and killed. If he died, you would’ve probably said the same thing. Brightpaw went with Swiftpaw willingly. It was something she decided for herself. It wasn’t Swiftpaw going, “I’ll kill you if you don’t come with me!” And the decision was understandable.

      Imagine if you went to school for many years (Which you undoubtable did) and when your hard work and diligence was well proven, you were rejected graduation. All because your principle doesn’t like your teacher. How terrible would that be?
      Swiftpaw also risked his life defending Thunderclan when Riverclan invaded, which could’ve cost them sunning rocks. It wasn’t the whole clan that did it though, it was only their patrol. Cloudpaw wasn’t there, and neither was the rest of the clan. He fought bravely and what did he earn? Nothing but glares from his leader.

      His fighting was a stand against Bluestar’s leadership. It was to show that she could no longer ignore the rising storm and had to step up if she wanted to lead the clan. Swiftpaw wanted a message to be spread, and instead was killed. He was a martyr for his beliefs.

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      • December 27, 2018 at 3:20 am

        I still disagree with both though, and I still think both were stupid for placing themselves in danger. Silverstream was still close to kitting, and I don’t think it’s a wise idea to go to Sunningrocks when you’re close to kitting. Yes, she didn’t know she was going to kit at that moment. But she should’ve realized that she was close to kitting, and that she could’ve kitted at RiverClan territory and not die instead of in canon. And yes, I’m well aware that pregnant women have lives outside of their pregnancies. Silverstream was still close to kitting, and it would’ve been much wiser for her to stay in camp instead, because going to Sunningrocks would possibly kill her if she was pregnant. If I remember correctly, wasn’t it dangerous for Silverstream to head to Sunningrocks to meet Graystripe, when RiverClan is well aware of ThunderClan scent nearby their territory. Silverstream still should’ve known better than to do this. And yes, I’m aware that queens didn’t need to have a medicine cat to help them. But did Graystripe or Fireheart know exactly how to help out with the kitting? No. Did Cinderpaw? Maybe, but she was still a new medicine cat apprentice and it was her first kitting experience (most likely). Tigerclaw? He most likely never cared for kittings, so why should he bother to know how to deal with it?

        RiverClan was still the safer option, even if she didn’t need a medicine cat. She still died because of her leaving camp. Cats still don’t have advanced technology, because they’re cats, but if Silverstream had been expecting and kitted that soon, then she must’ve been close to when the kits were expected to be kitted or it was never mentioned. Yes, I’m aware kits can come out early. But Silverstream was still pregnant and left camp without anyone with her, and not to mention how the text never stated that Silverstream was close or far away from kitting. We don’t know for sure, but we can make an accurate guess that she was close to kitting. And we don’t know that for sure, so we can’t say that the risk of dying during birth is low because of one death.

        There’s probably been other instances in the Clans, but at least they took the safer option of staying within camp and having less of a risk to die. Silverstream decided to leave camp and make it easier for herself to get killed. And again, you’re making assumptions with something wrong with Silverstream that the medicine cats couldn’t detect. If there was something, it would’ve been confirmed by one of the authors or stated directly in the books. Neither was said, so that is a simple guess and can’t be considered valid evidence as to why she wasn’t kept in camp and snuck out. Silverstream was still stupid to leave camp, as something could’ve attacked her or something else could’ve happened while she was pregnant, so she still brought it upon herself.

        As for Swiftpaw, I highly disagree with what you’re saying and the points you gave. Just because your ceremony is overdue it doesn’t mean you go take on a mysterious creature that has killed a someone already. If it has killed someone, then you shouldn’t go. It’s common sense. Would you go and attack a mysterious creature after you know it has killed someone, all because you didn’t get what you wanted? No. That’s immature and reckless, and that’s something no one in their right mind would do. Swiftpaw still should’ve waited. If he couldn’t wait to get his warrior name so badly that he runs off to Snakerocks to fight a dangerous creature (and yes, it could’ve been a fox but apprentices should know that predators are still dangerous) then he shouldn’t become a warrior because he would be too reckless as a warrior as well.

        Being a warrior requires patience. He had none. Firepaw also had warriors fighting beside him, along with Graypaw, how does this prove your point? Swiftpaw went with Brightpaw. No one else. This proves nothing. Firepaw had patience to wait for his warrior name, and didn’t go running off to fight ShadowClan because he wasn’t made a warrior right away. Swiftpaw did this at Snakerocks. Firepaw had warriors alongside him, Swiftpaw didn’t. Big difference here. I’m aware Brightpaw went with Swiftpaw willingly, but he was the one who suggested the idea in the first place, and that still lead to Brightpaw getting scarred.

        He still helped cause it, he shouldn’t get any leeway for this. The dogs did it, true, but it was Swiftpaw who suggested it and Brightpaw came along with. If he’d never done this, Brightpaw wouldn’t go with. Swiftpaw was a major factor in Brightpaw becoming Lostface, but then to Brightheart. He was still stupid.

        And please, the school example? Don’t get me started on that. First off, it wouldn’t happen in the first place because it would catch the interest of the government or whatever. This wouldn’t happen at all in real life. And even then, the Clans are a society where you’re surrounded by death and dangerous things everyday. School? Not as much. You live in a Clan, but you don’t live in a school (except colleges sometimes/other schools, but you still aren’t surrounded by death everyday).

        This example doesn’t prove anything. Schools are supposed to be safe environments, and this logic implies that you’re in danger and you absolutely must become a graduate to protect yourself. That doesn’t make any sense. And even then, if you were foolish enough to go prove yourself in the most dangerous way possible just because you didn’t graduate, then you must have a screw loose. There are different options in this example that you gave me. One, you could suck it up and deal with it. Two, you could still drop out. Three, talk to the principal about it. Four, you could talk to your parents/guardian. Etc, etc. This example is flawed, and it doesn’t prove anything because it’s unrealistic and would never happen to anyone in real life. It doesn’t do anything in Swiftpaw’s favor.

        And your point with Swiftpaw helping with the Sunningrocks battle? Still, everybody fought in that and it feels like you’re giving Swiftpaw too much credit for it. You can bet that Longtail, Dustpelt, and Darkstripe got glares from Bluestar, but did they go ahead and fight the dogs to prove their loyalty (doesn’t matter if they had their warrior names)? Did Ashpaw and Fernpaw do that because they were bitter, and that Dustpelt and Darkstripe were their mentors? No. How does this excuse Swiftpaw? He should’ve been patient and waited for his name. Just because he was skilled enough, it doesn’t mean he was mentally ready if he was willing to go fight a dangerous creature just to prove himself.

        You’re speaking as if we got Swiftpaw’s POV, when we didn’t. We don’t know if he was trying to spread a message, because it was never officially confirmed. Swiftpaw still should’ve known better. He died for a selfish reason as far as we know, and it was never said that he was trying to get a message across to Bluestar. Just because he’s desperate, it doesn’t mean he should go ahead and try to fight dangerous creatures that have already mauled one of his Clan. Swiftpaw shouldn’t be excused for this.


        💖 Serenade Ship Captain 💖

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        • Prowlclaw
          December 28, 2018 at 3:07 am

          Okay, for the Silverstream thing. For one, it wasn’t an option for her to go to Riverclan. Sunning rocks was Thunderclan territory and the closest people to them were Thunderclan cats. By the time they got Riverclan, Silverstream would’ve been in serious trouble. Thunderclan did the best they could with what they got. Cinderpaw was close to being a full blown medicine cat anyway. It’s just a series of events that caused Silverstream’s unfortunate death.

          The only person who Silverstream could trust was Graystripe. And as parents, they still hadn’t figured out how they were going to raise their kits and how they were going to make their relationship work. At this point, trying to answer these questions was unavoidable. The point is, they have to spend more and more time together if they were going to be serious about their life commitment. Bluestar did the same thing.

          Again, SHE COULDN’T TELL IF SHE WAS CLOSE TO KITTING! Most cats in the series couldn’t tell if they were close to kitting. Bluestar didn’t even know she was pregnant until someone told her. They don’t know they are going into labor until they feel the pains. Silverstream was just in an extremely unlucky situation. What was a fully train medicine cat going to do any different from a slightly less trained one? Cinderpaw did all the steps a normal medicine cat would do, but Silverstream still died. Why? Because of blood loss during the pregnancy. That is not something a medicine cat can stop. They are not that advanced yet. The birth rate is low because THERE WAS ONLY ONE DEATH. From what we saw (From the dawn of the clans to present day warriors) they had been NOT A SINGLE DEATH due to childbirth. In real life, it is incredibly rare for cats to die of childbirth. Cats who run away from certain areas and are pregnant, they are probably trying to find a safe place for their kittens. Silverstream probably didn’t feel like Riverclan was a safe place. Cats who bleed extensively before giving birth have something wrong with their soon-to-be delivery and need a vet IMMEDIATELY or they will die. It is in no way her fault.

          So for the Swiftpaw thing. The creature never killed anyone. Like I said before, the clan knew it was Tigerstar. There was no possible way to know if it was a dog. They knew dogs were dangerous, but they always thought that they resided with humans. The facts just wouldn’t add up. Foxes or badgers were much more plausible (Which they knew they could take on).

          The fact is Firepaw didn’t have warriors beside him. Sure, he fought with warriors at the end of the book, but before that he snuck into Shadowclan to rally support. If he was found, he would’ve been killed. And he had no one, not even Graystripe. Sure, we can argue it was extremely reckless of him, but in the end he saved the forest from a blood thirsty leader. At the same time, you can also say it was his fault for leading a patrol in an area with known badger scent with just barely apprenticed cats. You could say he ended up killing Willowpelt, and left her kits without a mother. You could also say it was Skystar’s fault for suggesting they take down the eagle’s trying to kill them, killing Bright Stream. Or Greywing’s fault for not hanging on to Bright Stream for long enough. Swiftpaw didn’t kill Brightpaw, like you make it out to be. With your logic, everyone who has made an accident leading to someone’s death is a murder.

          You say school is example that is not what would happen in real life, but I AM HYPOTHETICALLY STATING! In a real apprenticeship, the government doesn’t care about what your teacher does. They can treat you however you want, and the government can’t do anything about it (unless it does something illegal). I’m not saying that this could happen in real life, I’m giving context to you about how it feels for this to happen. The risk of death doubles the pressure on apprentices. They risk their life sometimes to get their warrior name. If they do, they deserve it. You calling my example flawed shows that you didn’t know what I was trying to say.

          Longtail had nothing to loose if he got dirty looks from Bluestar. He wasn’t about to get his apprentice name and he didn’t desperately depend on the leader to choose his future. Swiftpaw and Brightpaw did. Fernpaw and Ashpaw were too young to become warriors and weren’t taunted with the opportunity of becoming warriors. Swiftpaw was more than qualified then Cloudpaw. He had to hold off a whole patrol of skilled Riverclan warriors and could’ve gained fatal wounds from the battle. His patrol was at a disadvantage and he managed to save his hide and his clan’s territory. How does that not make him qualified?! And he was mentally ready to fight these creatures. He went off with confidence in the face of fear and defended his best friend when he could’ve fled and survived. You realize that Swiftpaw defended Brightpaw with his life, don’t you? Brightpaw goes into detail about “How he fought like all of Lionclan,” despite their impossible odds. He was brave in the face of death.

          We didn’t get Swiftpaw’s POV, however, we can piece together what his motives were from the accounts of other cats. He tries to convince them that Bluestar should make them warriors if they do something brave. Swiftpaw know he should already be a warrior, but despite this, he wants to prove once again that he should be one. Also, once again, the dogs didn’t kill Brindleface.

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          • December 28, 2018 at 4:00 am

            Silverstream still could’ve stayed in RiverClan camp however, you can’t ignore that fact. She still would’ve most likely had a safer kitting if she’d stayed. Even if she didn’t know she was close to kitting, she still should’ve known better than to leave camp while expecting kits. Her actions still could’ve put her and the kits at risk. According to what you said, Silverstream didn’t trust anybody but Graystripe to handle the kits. So she doesn’t trust RiverClan? Okay then, but some of your evidence is being based off of things we would only know if we had Silverstream’s POV.

            As for Swiftpaw, I would argue back but I’m sick and tired of this because now I think you’re just being rude to me. You aren’t changing my mind, so just give it up. Good day.


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            • Prowlclaw
              December 28, 2018 at 6:01 pm

              Yes, most of my words are assumptions, however, you can’t assume that Silverstream was in the wrong for taking her kits to Graystripe. Blaming her for her own death without knowing the whole facts are assumptions. Unless we get a story about her (Which I highly doubt), we can only assume what her motives might’ve been. I refuse to believe that Silverstream was trying to get herself killed. She was a smart cat who knew what she was getting into. When someone dies, we like to reflect on their life, not their death; so I would say Silverstream’s life was short lived and tragic.

              If you don’t want to argue about Swiftpaw, that’s fine. I don’t intend to change your opinion, I just want you to see a different side and consider the opposing group. If you found me to be a little rude, it was because you were mocking my choice to use school as an example, which I found disrespectful. Whether you intended it to be like that or not, I still wish the best for you in life. May starclan light your path, and I hope we meet again on better terms.

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  3. December 25, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Great article though I think you put Solverstream twice in your list

  4. December 26, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Nice article! I agree, like Aster said, I think you doubled Silverstream.
    Personally I would have included Badgerpaw(claw?? I think?)


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    • Ravenmist is on vacation
      December 26, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Badgerfang. 🙁

  5. December 27, 2018 at 12:03 am

    I disagree with both of them.

    First, Silverstream was going to meet Graystripe because he was her mate and she wanted to talk to him. She had no idea she was going to kit that instant. Let me ask you this; when a pregnant woman is about to go into labor, does she before hand know she will? No! Because we can only make a generally estimate when the baby is going to be due. But this is with our advanced technology. They are at the bare bones basics of telling when kits are due. All they can do is look at the mother’s stomach and go, “Oh, it seems like your stomach is pretty big, looks like your kits might be due soon!” There is also the chance that they will be due early or later then the expected time.

    Also, when a pregnant woman is almost due, she doesn’t sit at home all day. She has a life to live and necessities to take care of. If she goes into labor, she is rushed to the hospital. Unless she is proven to have trouble giving birth, she cannot stay at the hospital for pregnancy. There are plenty of cats who could give birth without a medicine cat at all! There isn’t another instance other than Silverstream of a cat dying of pregnancy, meaning mother mortality rate (Specifically because of pregnancy) is very low. Silverstream probably had a problem that medicine cats couldn’t detect.

    For Swiftpaw, he didn’t know what creature was at sunning rocks. All they ever saw of the creatures was that it ate some of Brindleface, who was already killed by Tigerstar. For all they know, it could’ve been a fox or some other predator native to the forest. Another point is, they were right to think they could take on the creatures. For one, their warrior ceremony was long overdue, meaning they were the size of a full grown warrior. Even one warrior with, enough skill, is shown to be able to take down a badger! Swiftpaw was also show to be a good fighter, and with another cat for manpower, they was almost a sure win. Let me remind you, that Firepaw took on the whole of Shadowclan to get his warrior name. He could’ve been easily over powered and killed. If he died, you would’ve probably said the same thing. Brightpaw went with Swiftpaw willingly. It was something she decided for herself. It wasn’t Swiftpaw going, “I’ll kill you if you don’t come with me!” And the decision was understandable.

    Imagine if you went to school for many years (Which you undoubtable did) and when your hard work and diligence was well proven, you were rejected graduation. All because your principle doesn’t like your teacher. How terrible would that be?
    Swiftpaw also risked his life defending Thunderclan when Riverclan invaded, which could’ve cost them sunning rocks. It wasn’t the whole clan that did it though, it was only their patrol. Cloudpaw wasn’t there, and neither was the rest of the clan. He fought bravely and what did he earn? Nothing but glares from his leader.

    His fighting was a stand against Bluestar’s leadership. It was to show that she could no longer ignore the rising storm and had to step up if she wanted to lead the clan. Swiftpaw wanted a message to be spread, and instead was killed. He was a martyr for his beliefs.

  6. Whispering Rain
    December 28, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Great article, Frostedpool 🙂


    Mrrrow.

  7. Leafsong (Leaves That Adorn Christmas Garland)
    December 28, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Great article! And STONEFUR’S DEATH WAS SO SAD 🙁 I was rereading the books earlier this year and I was reading his death and I almost cried 🙁


    ❃ Leaf

  8. Blackkit/paw/shade ^._.^
    July 20, 2019 at 7:10 am

    There are 2 silverstream’s, so confused


    cOoKiEs aNd NuTbOltS fOR sALe

  9. Blackkit/paw/shade ^._.^
    July 20, 2019 at 7:12 am

    But poor Antpelt, killed by a forced Ivypool, he’s trapped in the DF forever


    cOoKiEs aNd NuTbOltS fOR sALe

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