Tigerfall takes a look at Tigerstar’s past and delves deeper into his character.
Tigerstar is hated by almost 95% of our fandom. He is seen as a cruel, aggressive cat, who led a clan which he made himself. Also, most of the warriors fans love Scourge, and see him as a cat, who had been treated badly by others and that was the thing, that made him evil. But, as I assumed, Tigerstar had suffered more.
TIGERSTAR’S FAMILY PROBLEMS
I need to talk about Pinestar and Oakstar. They are very controversial leaders. Oakstar, Tigerstar’s grandfather is known of exiling Mapleshade from Thunderclan for having kits with Appledusk. Of course, Appledusk killed his son, Birchface, and Oakstar firstly thought, that Birchface is father of Mapleshade’s kits. But is it a reason of exiling her AND HER KITS? He could at least leave kits in clan. It was easy to predict, that those kits will die. Also, Pinestar was attacking kittypets “just to prevent of their attacks” but tell me, what could those kittypets do? Okay, I need to calm down. But I can’t. As you see, I definitely hate Oakstar. But he isn’t the only Tigerstar’s kin, that I don’t like. Pinestar wasn’t good father. Maybe he was a good leader, but not father. Also, he wasn’t good mate to Leopardfoot. He just left her, when she was giving birth. He panicked. Yes, anyone can get in panic, but it is acceptable just to some extent. He left young Tigerkit, he left his clan, he left Leopardfoot in grief. It was selfish. And it depended on Tigerstar’s childhood.
FROM KIT TO KILLING MACHINE
Tigerkit had no father. Nobody was able to show him how tom-cats should act. That influenced his later relationships with she-cats. Also, he had no friend in his age for few moons. This had caused, that Tigerclaw had problems with finding friends. But that wasn’t the only problem. Clan was divided by two sides. Some cats let Tigerkit do whatever he wanted, what he tried to do as a mature cat, and some cats was acting like he had all worst traits of his father. And there was Goosefeather… He saw Tigerkit like an aggressive viper. It made him a bit distracted.
But it was just the beginning. Everything gone worse since his mentor became Thistleclaw.
Thistleclaw was acting like strength and aggression are the most important traits. Because Tigerpaw had nobody other to follow, he followed Thistleclaw. He got all the worst traits of Thistleclaw. But as we know, Thistleclaw was cruel to Whitepaw, trying to train him as kit. We can’t suspect that he was acting nicer to Tigerpaw. Also, Tigerstar’s ear scar was gained during his apprentice training.
When Tigerpaw transformed into killing machine? When Tigerpaw attacked Tiny. This was a point when it was probably no way back. He turned into a monster and seen himself as a hero… Or not?
WHAT HE THOUGHT ABOUT HIMSELF?
Reading Tigerclaw’s fury we can see, that he hates himself. He is always hunger for power and sees himself as not enough strong. Why? He tries to prove himself. To who? Maybe his father. Or mother. She didn’t care a lot about him. Or maybe to Thistleclaw? His negative-motivation and aggression could destroy Tigerstar’s self-esteem, which wasn’t big already. It isn’t easy to describe. Also, he maybe didn’t know, to who he wants to prove it.
I don’t want to speak about this Mapleshade stuff there, because she isn’t important as much, as other characters.
Other characters, who followed Tigerstar…
NO HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS…?
He had no true friends. Just followers. Darkstripe, Brokentail, Blackstar, Leopardstar… Just to mention a few. He just used them, because he didn’t know, how to befriend someone. He had a problem: to love Goldenflower or Sasha. Tigerstar tried, of course, but wasn’t able to. He had no option to stay with Goldenflower. But Sasha was another. Tigerstar and Sasha could stay together in Tigerclan, she would be welcomed there. But Tigerstar hated kittypets, who stolen his father. He was divided by two sides. His love and his hate.
But I think, he had almost healthy relationship once. But it was ruined by himself and Thistleclaw. I am talking about his close friendship with Whitestorm. As kits, they were spending much time together. Of course, Tigerkit wasn’t 100% good, but he tried. Later they spent less time with each other. They become distant and the only one normal relationship of Tigerstar was ruined.
I think, that he wanted to be better than his father. He tried to be also better father but, I think, he failed.
Tigerstar wanted to be good father to his kits. But he wanted so many things at the same time. That caused him failing all his work. Especially being a father. When he was dead he tried to be a father again, but he failed, again. You can’t be in the same water in river twice. Also, he led Bramblestar and Hawkfrost to do many bad things. But there was other character, which he caused doing bad things… At least, many people think like this.
SCOURGE AND TIGERSTAR
Everyone remembers what Tigerpaw did to Tiny. And most people think, that it is the thing, that made him Scourge, don’t they? But they aren’t completely right. This made him just hate Tigerstar. He was made evil by being seen by his mother and siblings as les important. He could just lie and he did it. His power was build up on lies. In real, Sourge was just weak, lying and a bit aggressive cat. But Tigerstar was powerful. And he has more realistic backstory. It’s easier, for me, to understand him. And how about you?