Top 10 Forbidden Romances by Pinesplash

Pinesplash takes a look at the couples throughout the series.

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10. Cinderpelt and Firestar

Wow I hate this ship. This wouldn’t even be ON the list if I could think of more than 10 forbidden romances. This wouldn’t have been ruled out except for the fact that she had to become a medicine cat, but anyways, they show no love for each other in the books, and I- just- no. It was after she died that she said she “loved” Firestar. What? No, that is all. No hate on Cinderpelt, just the horrible, StarClan-cursed ship.

9. Spottedleaf and Firestar

I hate this one too. They hardly interacted when she was alive because he was a very new apprentice, and when they did it was medicine cat business. I understand they formed a deeper relationship when she walked in his dreams, but it was NOT the same and the fact that Firestar thought he might love her more than Sandstorm is absurd. I know it’s not my feelings- or anyone’s for that matter- but still.

8. Yellowfang and Raggedstar

Okay, this couple was cute and all, but I didn’t like the way Raggedstar treated his mate when she was basically forced to become a medicine cat. I know it was out of love and he was angry that she was giving up on them, but if he loved her that much he should have supported her, even if it was by just being a friend. He was a bit too aggressive towards her in my opinion, but overall I still thought they were a fairly good ship.

7. Crowfeather and Feathertail

These two were really cute, but it didn’t seem like the type of relationship that would last. I feel like if they both returned to their Clans, they would just choose to go their separate ways and walk away, even if they loved each other, I don’t think it was enough.

6. Lionpaw(blaze) and Heatherpaw(tail)

I actually thought this ship was so well developed and written and was really sad when it ended so badly. They were both just trying to have fun, away from rules and responsibilities, that it eventually grew into something more. Of course, it was more of a “middle-school crush” thing though.

5. Stormfur and Brook

This isn’t necessarily forbidden, but in a way it was. I loved how hard Brook tried to make Stormfur feel welcome in the tribe and how she stuck with him when he was banished. She never left his side, and they went on to have kits. This is one of the only forbidden love stories where the two end up together forever.

4. Tigerstar and Dovewing

I thought this ship was also well developed and doesn’t deserve the amount of hate it’s gotten. Yes, they’ve both made mistakes and left each other, but they found their way back and forged a strong love. Tigerstar would do anything to protect her, and she even left her Clan that she loves to be with him. If that’s not love then I don’t know what is.

3. Bluestar and Oakheart

The one thing I don’t like about this couple is that they didn’t have much development. However, that night we see them bond is one of my favorite scenes I’ve ever read. They really didn’t have a care in the world and were just living life. I really admired that, and was sad when it ended. However, if I am right they are confirmed to be mates in StarClan.

2. Graystripe and Silverstream

I love Graystripe and Silverstream because of how she saved him from the river, and how hard he tried to repay her, while developing a great relationship. His grief when she died was hard to read, but it was nice knowing he loved her so much. I wished they would end up together in StarClan as she always says she’ll wait for him, but I think he will be with Millie. (Who is also a great character.)

And drum roll please…

1. Crowfeather and Leafpool

This is my favorite ship of all time. The reason I love this ship is because Leafpool really helped Crowfeather get over his grief of Feathertail, but it wasn’t as though she was second best. He still loved her fiercely, and I felt like they had a great connection. She also matched his hard headed, stubborn persona with her sweet and kind spirit. They leveled out good. I honestly can’t describe how much I love this ship.

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  • Nice article! Though, I don’t agree with you on Cinderpelt x Fireheart because I truly think Cinderpelt loved Fireheart but, was too embarrassed and didn’t want to break the code. I also hate Crow x Leaf but, it’s just my opinion.

    • I agree with this comment, I think Cinderpelt truly loved Firestar too and was a selfless cat to make sure her feelings didn’t get in the way of her life, as well as her telling Firestar about Sandstorm’s feelings towards him. I also hate Crow x Leaf.

  • Oof I can only agree with you on Feathertail x Crowfeather and Tigerstar x Dovewing 😛 I actually do like Cinder x Fire, and while I did find Spotted x Fire unnecessary, I do think that their relationship was okay, aside from the romance.

    Yellow x Ragged: Hate Yellow x Ragged with a burning passion, as Raggedstar’s behavior towards Yellowfang can be considered abusive. I’m not going to go into it, but this relationship ain’t healthy imo.

    Lion x Heather: Felt a little like love at first sight for me, though I can see why some would like it. I’m pretty neutral on them, though. I much prefer Lionblaze x Icecloud and Heathertail x Harestar/spring.

    Storm x Brook: Ookkkkaaaaayyyy I’m just going to say outright that I absolutely hate this ship. It’s manipulative on Brook’s end and felt rushed on Storm’s. Don’t you just love a good ol’ case of Stockholm Syndrome? (Note: I am being sarcastic but I truly don’t like it.)

    Blue x Oak: They didn’t receive much development and were rushed, and even then I don’t feel like Bluestar truly loved Oakheart, she just felt a ‘spark of excitement’ with him. It’s kind of the reason why I headcanon aroace Bluestar.

    Gray x Silver: Long story short I despise this pairing and it was rushed. I doubt much would really change if they didn’t meet, aside from Feathertail and Stormfur being born. But even then they literally could’ve just been born to someone else in RiverClan.

    Crow x Leaf: There was practically no development here. They hardly interact at all, only for them to suddenly be in love with each other and ready to risk their entire lives just for each other?? It’s not believable at all, and honestly, Crowfeather x Squirrelflight would’ve been much more believable than this hot mess. In my personal opinion, it ruined both Leafpool and Crowfeather’s characters just for a ship that could’ve been better had they had actual development with each other prior. Don’t even get me started on the drama it caused for two and a half whole freaking arcs, which was what made TNP, PO3, and OOTS a hard read through. I much prefer Leafpool x Sorreltail, Leafpool x Cody, Crowfeather x Squirrelflight, and Crowfeather x Feathertail than it.

    Though this is just my opinion that won’t change anytime soon.

  • Nice article, Pinesplash! 🙂 I completely agree with your comments on Lion X Heather, they were such a well-developed ship (before it went south). I really like a lot of your reasons for other ships but that was my favorite. 🙂

  • Hmmm… do you think JayxStick is against the warrior code? Not that I ship it, just…

  • Feathertail x Crowpaw/feather was never a couple. If it ever was, it would’ve been extremely wrong. Crowfeather was an apprentice (which are supposedly 12-15 in human years) and Feathertail was a Warrior and had been for a time. Maybe I would have shipped it if Feathertail lived until Crowfeather was a Warrior.

    I’d just thought I’d point that out. Other than that, nice article!

  • Great article Pinesplash! I think Cinderpelt did love Firestar…but I agree with you on the rest(even though I kind of like Spotted x Fire, but also love Fire x Sand, haha)❤️

    • Great article. I agree 100% with you on this, except yellowxragged, idk about this one.

  • Great article. I agree 100% with you on this, except yellowxragged, idk about this one.

  • I love all Leaf x Crow, Blue x Oak, Tiger x Dove, Storm x Brook… oh, yes, that’s it.
    I honestly didn’t love Lion x Heather, since they walked different ways (and I love Lion x Cinder)…
    But on the couples I love, we must share brains on that!