Mothwing Rant by Mellowix

Mellowix shares their opinion on the RiverClan medicine cat, Mothwing.

Art by XxLunaWarriorxX (Amino Apps)

A worse version of Longtail, Mothwing maybe by no means ‘evil’, however, she’s definitely not a good cat either. She’s the redundant ally who still supported and did crimes on a villain’s behalf.

She supported Hawkfrost’s false accusations of Windclan’s thefts at the Gathering and encouraged rising tensions between clans. Which is not a Medicine cat’s place to speak up about since it’s the topics of territory and prey.

“What should he do?” Mothwing’s voice was sharp as she defended her brother. “Keep quiet and let WindClan get
away with it? Every cat in RiverClan knows that for a couple of mousetails those cats would steal the pelt off your back.”
Her amber eyes blazed and she sprang to her paws as if she were ready to join in a fight the moment it started.
A furious hiss came from her mentor, Mudfur, reminding her that medicine cats were meant to keep peace, and
Mothwing shot him a glance, half-angry, half-ashamed. – Midnight, chapter 21.

Mothwing may of not personally faked the Moth’s wing omen, however, she’s still guilty of continuing the lie, even after Hawkfrost’s death. Continuing to be a rank she’s aware she earnt illegally. A position that sacred, only reserved for 2 cats at a time, high authority and deals with the Whole clan’s lives.

Even worse, she lied about her disbelief in Starclan, which was complete of her own lie and not Hawkfrost. Which she did for far too long, all the way up until Mistyfoot become leader. She knew Riverclan would be relying on her for Starclan and actually put her Clan endanger. All the time, Mothwing was aware she wasn’t qualified and lied to become a Medicine cat, which endangered lives. However she didn’t care, she had to selfishly hog this reserved position with massive reasonabilities. It’s like someone lying to become a doctor in real life. It doesn’t matter if it’s their passion, it risking lives.

Mothwing was unable to receive warnings from StarClan, she didn’t know about the Twoleg poisonous RiverClan territory that started killing her Clanmates, and her warrior ancestors couldn’t tell her where to find catmint when greencough struck. – Ultimate Guild.

Mothwing had already earned herself a stable future in Riverclan by completing her warrior training and earning her full name. She didn’t need to become a Medicine cat. She could of been a helper like Brightheat, aiding with healing and herb collecting, which are the only aspects Mothwing can do/enjoy – While not taking on the extra responsibilities of Starclan, which Mothwing is neither capable of or deserved.

“Terrified that her lie might be destroying her Clan, Mothwing confided in Leafpool, who began speaking to Willowshine in dreams on her behalf.-” Ultimate Guild

Mothwing was even aware that her lies were endangering Riverclan. However, instead of telling someone is Riverclan and getting it properly sorted out, Mothwing only tells a Medicine cat from another Clan, Leafpool, who could do nothing (To Mothwing’s knowledge). So, Mothwing only really does it, to make herself feel better and forget about the Clanmate’s lives she could be endangering.

Also, in order to keep her Medicine cat position, not only was she willing to lie, but also destroy lives of her Clanmates – When she faked a dream for Hawkfrost to get Brook and Stormfur exiled. All this, because Hawkfrost threatens to expose her secrets.

However, Mothwing’s lies should of never been secrets in the first place, like we covered earlier. Unlike Squirrelflight, who was forced/pressured into it and done to protect others – Mothwing was in that position solely of her own making and got two innocent clanmates exiled just to protect herself from her own crimes. Nothing extreme would of happened to Mothwing if she was exposed. The Medicine cat position would rightfully be taken away from her because she lied to get it and is unqualified. Then she’d simply return to being a warrior, which she already had the training for and was for her entire life.

But no, Mothwing has Stormfur and Brook get exiled, getting them separated from all their friends and family. Making them homeless, where they’d been alone and exposed to the unknown territories, which easily could of led to their deaths.

Hawkfrost’s threat to reveal her secret meant he was able to force her to make false prophecies,
such as the tale about troublesome stones in the river that led to Stormfur and Brook being driven out
of the Clan when they tried to settle beside the lake after leaving their mountain home. – Ultimate Guild.

Also, take note of the highlighted areas. The Troublesome stones dream wasn’t the only one Mothwing faked, she’s done more. Who knows how much damage those unknown fake dreams of Mothwing has caused. She’s already made two innocent mates be exiled, who had already gone through with it once beforehand.

  19 Replies to “Mothwing Rant by Mellowix”

  1. Cinnamonpaw
    May 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Mothwing did not support Hawkfrost, and when she lied for him she WAS pressured into doing it like Squirrelflight. She wasn’t doing it for the good of other cats, but she didn’t know that nothing extreme would happen to her if Hawkfrost exposed her, he probably made it seem like she’d be exiled and she may have believed that.

  2. May 22, 2019 at 4:21 am

    No no no Mothwing is a great cat and she will always be my favorite character!

    I cannot stop twinkling!

  3. Fally
    May 22, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Nice article Mellowix! 😀 I really like Mothwing and I usually only see people that like her, so it was really interesting to see your perspective on why you don’t like her. 🙂

    6.022 x 10^23

  4. May 22, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    MoThWiNg DeFeNsE SqUaD mAdE tHiS pOsT

    Actually, she did tell her leader. It was the basically entire plot of Mistystar’s Omen. The thing about it was what could she do? Tell the truth and have her entire clan be left with a half-trained medicine cat? She reached out to a friend for assistance. I see no issue in that. She was willing to respect and address how her atheistic nature would affect her clan and solved the issue with help from a friend. And another thing, her warrior response to the issue is perfectly justified because she wasn’t supposed to be in a position that forbids her speech in such matters in the first place! She was shoved into a role that didn’t suit her lifestyle. It’s like trying to make someone with ADHD sit still for the rest of their life. Mothwing’s religion (or lack thereof) is her choice, and it’s absurd that the cast of Warriors can’t respect that.


    • mellowix
      May 22, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      Mothwing can believe what she wants as a warrior – But not a Medicine cat. Belief/Communication in Starclan is half the Job. It’s like a non-christian becomes a Preist.

      - Mellowix

      • May 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm

        Here’s the deal: The whole situation was manipulated by Hawkfrost to make him seem better. He told her to be a medicine cat without any concern for what she wanted, and he faked a sign. Hawkfrost just wanted his sister to be a medicine cat for his own benefit.

        (comment edited by mod to cut out possibly rude remarks)


        • June 3, 2019 at 10:08 pm

          Wait there was something rude in there? I honestly don’t remember the full message. Sorry if I said something disrespectful. I’ll try to be a bit more careful.


          • Cheetahspark
            June 3, 2019 at 10:12 pm

            I don’t think it was that rude, but I try to take out anything that might start a heated argument 🙂 But it’s always good to stay careful.

  5. May 22, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Your opinion is valid, and I see why you don’t like her. But personally, I think her character was quite interesting. The whole point was that just because you don’t believe in a higher power, doesn’t mean that you can’t do your passion. Cloudtail could be a warrior without believing in StarClan, but why can’t Mothwing be a Medicine Cat not believing in StarClan. I know it’s an important link for a Medicine Cat, and that’s why StarClan gave her Willowshine asap. I think she’s a wonderful character, and can help open up people’s eyes. It did endanger her clanmates, and she was living a lie, and these were mistakes. But she managed to correct them in the end.


    • mellowix
      May 22, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      Medicine cats = Doctors/Preist. Someone shouldn’t become religious if they don’t even believe in that faith in the first place. Also, It doesn’t matter if someone is passionate about becoming a Doctor, if they don’t have the necessary qualifications, they can’t and shouldn’t become one. And that includes getting a warning from Starclan. Mothwing literally can’t do half her reasonability. Doctors/Medicine cats deal with people lives. A signal individual’s passion should never be put over the lives of others.

      - Mellowix

      • Mapledrift
        May 23, 2019 at 8:28 pm

        I’m pretty sure I read somewhere but I might just be making it up, that Mothwing used to believe in StarCLan but after everything her brother did she just couldn’t by that point she was probably the sole medicine cat so feared she could not step down

        Its really interesting to hear a different opinion though

        • May 24, 2019 at 2:57 pm

          Actually, that’s a really good point. I don’t think she was training for long before she was left alone as the only medicine cat. If she had given up her duties, the clan wouldn’t have anything.


  6. May 22, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Though I have little opinion on Mothwing, I still don’t think she’s as bad as you described. She supported Hawkfrost and continued to be a medicine cat because he forced her to do so. Since he was a somewhat “powerful” cat then and her brother, it won’t be a surprise that she listened to him . I believe she’s not a selfish cat at all, she just did that out of fear and her loyalty toward her brother 😉. Anyway, nice article 😺.

    • mellowix
      May 22, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Hawkfrost didn’t force her to do. All he did was say he’d expose the lies of Mothwing’s OWN MAKING. Mothwing was fully aware that her faking the dream could get Brook and Stormfur exiled. Yet she put her career over the lives of her Clans . She’d destroy two cats lives just to protect herself from her own lies. I can’t think of any of word to describe her as anything but selfish.

      - Mellowix

  7. Violetpaw
    May 23, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Mothwing was forced into doing it like Squirrelflight, and she, like Squirrelflight, did it for a sibling.
    What was she supposed to do? If she hadn’t become the medicine cat, then RiverClan would have been left without a medicine cat.
    Plus, even Leafpool couldn’t have done anything about the Twoleg stuff. Most of Mothwing’s mistakes in The New Prophecy were due to her being inexperienced, such as the bad water, and we don’t fault Puddleshine for being inexperienced.

  8. Cinderwing
    May 23, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I liked Mothwing. I thought she was a good character and has a interesting story.

  9. Pastelpaw🌸Pasty
    May 24, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Mothwing is amazing!

    Welcome to the losers club

  10. turq
    June 6, 2019 at 7:06 am

    This is a great article. I don’t particularly hate Mothwing, but those who like them often seem to deny that she is a liar and goes far enough to endanger and discard her Clanmates. Her reluctance in her action does not pardon her course of action.

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