Wishwhisper takes a look at five leaders from the series. Spoilers for AVOS!
We all know about the generation of three leaders: Tigerclaw/star, Bramblestar, and his nephew Tigerheart/star. But in actuality, the line goes back five leaders: Oakstar, Pinestar, and the aforementioned three. This could have been an amazing story, a young cat struggling to uphold the legacy of the leaders before him. Except for one tiny, infinitesimal issue: None of them were good at it. I’m Wishwhisper, and I’m here to count down this line of lousy leaders.
This guy was a tyrant, hands down. He lead raids on Twolegplace for no reason. Yes, this guy literally risked his warriors in unfamiliar territory so he could say he beat up some fat furballs. Not like you live with three other clans who would just love to kill you all and take your prey. Also, he banished two-moon-old kits! Mapleshade, sure. She deserved to be punished and was, y’know, AN ADULT. But Larchkit, Patchkit, and Petalkit? No matter what anyone thinks of Mapleshade, these three did NOT deserve to die. Sure, killing three of the next generation is a great plan, Oakstar.
And now we move on to the other side of the ‘view on kittypets’ spectrum. This guy left the clan he was actively leading and his three two-month-old kits and his wife so he could “have the peace he earned.” That sure did help Leopardfoot’s grief over Mistkit and Nightkit! That sure did help a soon-to-be tyrant find a reason to be evil! Here’s what that amazing choice of our wonderful wreck of a leader caused: Tigerkit to be evil, Nightkit and Mistkit to die, and not to mention a literal change in the warrior code, because it apparently has to be said that you can’t go sniveling up to one of the clan’s enemies when you think your life is too hard.
3.Tigerstar the 1st
I’m not even explaining this one. Instead, I’ll just casually list off the names of the people he killed/caused the death of: Bluestar, Firestar, Swiftpaw, Gorsepaw, Brindleface, Graypool, all the deaths Scourge caused(e.g. one of Brokenstar’s rouges, Whitestorm, Bone, Scourge himself, etc.) Not to mention causing Brightheart and Cinderpelt to be handicapped. That enough?
Ok, Bramblestar is NOT a bad cat. He’s just a bad LEADER. And if I recall, that’s what we were talking about. He constantly lets Graystripe run him over (like the Sparkfire incident), his naming habits are atrocious (Twigbranch, anyone?) and he does absolutely nothing about the NEXT cat mentioned forcing out Skyclan again. Also, he could’ve spent a little less time with Dear Old Dad. Ah, father-son bonding time of training in cat hell and plotting with his half-brother. Ah, family.
5. Tigerstar the 2nd
Oh, I have SO much to say here. Firstly, he’s such a hypocrite. “Dovewing betrayed me for her clan!!” he whines after agreeing that their medicine cat should die, attacking her sister in the Dark Forest battle, and choosing his clan over her three times. Secondly, he changes direction faster than a super ball on steroids. He is told his illicit mate is having kits and here is his thought process: “Oh no! But I must stay in Shadowclan. But I must go find her! Oh, but I have to do this one last thing for Shadowclan! Oh, she left without me, better go after her! Oh, it’s too hard, I have to go back! Oh, I just now realize I left my wife and unborn children to live in a dangerous Twolegplace instead of with clans of trained, battle talented warriors! Better go find her again!” Just make up your mind! Lastly, he’s such a Gary Stu! He gets to be the one to save the clans, Dovewing practically throws herself at him, Scorchfur and Snowbird worship his dirt, Rowanstar praises him for rebutting against his every sentence, AND HE IS LITERALLY BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE!!! He gets his entire life’s goals handed to him on a silver platter! And people call Firestar a Gary Stu? He spits on the shoes of everyone important (such as driving out Skyclan when the clans worked so hard to get them back, sure, Firestar’s hard work meant absolutely nothing) and never gets corrected for a thing!! Honestly, that has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Tigerheart/star is my least favorite cat. Seriously, this guy does NOT deserve to be a leader.
So which leader did you think was the worst at his job? Tell me in the comments. And if you don’t agree, please, go ahead and provide some evidence why. Hope you enjoyed reading this and have a good day!