Warriors Over The Years by Icestripe

Icestripe takes a look at how Warriors and its fans have changed since we first stepped into the wild.

Artwork by Wayne McLoughlin

As a young reader, there has always been a wide array of reading options to suit my interests. If I wanted to read a magical adventure story, I’d pick up Harry Potter. If I was feeling more of a dystopian action series, I’d grab The Hunger Games. However the book series that kept me awake late at night reading under the sheets with a flashlight wasn’t Twilight or Lord of the Rings. It was Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.

When it comes to popular children’s book series, the Warriors, sometimes referred to as the Warrior Cats novels, are not only one of the most prominent but also has one of the most active online communities. The series has received numerous recognitions, including various spots on the New York Times bestsellers list throughout the years.

Image from the Warrior Cats Official Website

The Warriors series revolves around four groups of feral cats living in clans. The four clans all struggle to survive and often get into bloody battles over food, territory, and engage in forbidden romances between cats from different clans. The first six books in the series detail the adventures of Rusty, a house cat that leaves his comfortable life to join ThunderClan. Rusty forsakes his given name and is given the name Firepaw. His struggles integrating into the life of a wildcat while navigating the politics among the four clans comprises the bulk of the series’ first six entries.

Since the original series, the Warrior Cats books have exploded into a massive collection of novels, featuring 7 series with six books each. Outside of the main series of books, 12 stand-alone books titled “Super Editions” have been released, each chronicling the experiences of a specific character in the series. Additionally, the series has spawned six field guides, a manga series, and 15 novellas.

However, what makes the Warriors series so interesting outside of the sheer number of titles is the level of online involvement from fans, especially regarding fan animations on YouTube.

When I was about 12 years old, I was obsessed with Warriors. I had every book, novella, and manga that was sold on bookshelves. Eventually I took my love for the series online and began interacting with other Warriors fans on online forums. It was around that time that a user posted a link to a Warriors fan animation titled Yellowfang: On My Own. While the animation has since been removed from YouTube, it had a massive impact on me and ultimately led to a rabbit hole of Warrior Cats animated content. At the time, I was impressed with the anime style the artist choose to animate the cats in and the visual effects throughout the video. I instantly fell in love with the animation and turned to the author of the video, AlliKatNya, for more animated Warriors content.

AlliKatNya, now known by Alli Kat on YouTube, was one of the first big names in the Warriors YouTube community of animators. Alli MacKay, began animating Warriors fan animations in 2007 when they were only 13 years old.

Alli’s “Warriors of the Forest” fan-series quickly garnered a following online and inspired a massive influx of future Warrior animators to dive into the realm of animation themselves, including big names like SSS Warrior Cats, DarkKokiri, TribbleofDoom, and Flightfootwarrior. Soon, there was an over saturation of talented Warriors animators infiltrating YouTube and creating a thriving, vibrant community of animators, voice actors, and viewers.

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Star Covered by Wintery Mist aka Starpaw
Star Covered by Wintery Mist aka Starpaw
November 19, 2020 1:35 am

Wow nice article!

Fallenfeather
Fallenfeather
November 19, 2020 1:41 am

Wow, great article!! Warriors has made me into the person I am today. I was 9 years old when I started reading Into the Wild and I’m 12 years old now reading Darkness Within. It’s crazy to think how much you can fall in love with fictional cats, even the evilest ones….

Mint Leaf That Dances In The Wind (Mintpaw)
Mint Leaf That Dances In The Wind (Mintpaw)
November 19, 2020 1:46 am

cooooooooooooool

Silverfeather
Silverfeather
November 19, 2020 5:13 am

Great article! Warriors made me the person I am today and I’m really grateful for it.

Fernkit • Fern that Drifts in the Breeze
Fernkit • Fern that Drifts in the Breeze
November 19, 2020 8:02 am

Great insights! 😀

Cinder of Pie Crusting Cinderpaw/whisker
Cinder of Pie Crusting Cinderpaw/whisker
November 19, 2020 9:13 am

yashoo great article

Hollypaw
Hollypaw
November 19, 2020 12:39 pm

Incredible article! Warriors made me the person I am today, and I’m very proud to be part of this Fandom!

Burr is the only decent Hamilton character|🐢🐢🐢
Burr is the only decent Hamilton character|🐢🐢🐢
November 19, 2020 2:11 pm

Warriors ROCKS and is AMAZING!
Sirius X Lupin forever

ℜ𝔞𝔦𝔫𝔶𝔭𝔞𝔴
ℜ𝔞𝔦𝔫𝔶𝔭𝔞𝔴
November 19, 2020 2:54 pm

Great article!

🌸Willowcloud🌸
Willowcloud398
November 19, 2020 6:09 pm

Great article! Ive only been reading Warriors for 1.5 months tho (ive read all books accept some mangas, super editions, novellas and Darkness within)

Fallenfeather
Fallenfeather
November 19, 2020 6:30 pm
Reply to  Willowcloud398

Wow it took me 3 years to read them all Xd

🌸Willowcloud🌸
🌸Willowcloud🌸
November 19, 2020 6:44 pm
Reply to  Fallenfeather

I am quite a fast reader… (i was reading two books a day at the weekends!) 😉

shadowfang
shadowfang
November 19, 2020 11:40 pm

Yes I started the start of summer and I was waiting for darkness within. I read two a day once but decided I wanted to save the books! I LOVE THEM SOOO MUCH!!! What was your favorite book?

🌸Willowcloud🌸
Willowcloud398
November 20, 2020 4:36 pm
Reply to  shadowfang

Umm…… that’s a hard question I think sign of the moon and shattered sky (I also really like the blazing star, the last hope and veil of shadows!!!)
what are yours?
(btw I live in England so darkness within is unavailable right now)

Mapleclaw
Mapleclaw
November 19, 2020 10:23 pm

I really love the warrior cats series in general the drama and shock factor is the best thing about warriors

Coldheart
Coldheart
November 23, 2020 10:53 pm

Brilliant article!

Rockpelt
Rockpelt
November 24, 2020 12:17 am

hey! Twilight kept me up at night! You mean the fifth book in the second warriors series right?

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