Why I don’t want Ashfur to be the imposter by Icechill

Icechill shares why they don’t want Ashfur to be the antagonist of The Broken Code. Note: this article was written before Darkness Within came out.

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*This is a revised version of my old article, ‘What is up with Bramblestar’, and I go more in depth clearly*

It is no doubt at this point in the Broken Code that Ashfur is the imposter (unless the Erins were deceiving us the entire time). There are multiple hints to why, and a lot of people have already stated them so I won’t go into detail (blue eyes, Shadowsight in soot, love for Squirrelflight, etc).

However, even though Ashfur was a great character during the Power of Three, I don’t think he would be as brilliant in the new series, The Broken Code. So far, I’ve loved the concept of mystery and deception in the series, but bringing back an old character who’s story line already finished is quite annoying for me.

In the Omen of Stars (correct me if I’m wrong), Jayfeather is angry that Ashfur is in Starclan, but Bluestar calmly tells him this:

“Perhaps [Ashfur] did a lot to bring it on himself, perhaps not. It is not StarClan’s place to judge him. If he found his way here, then he must deserve to be here. That is what we all have to believe. […] How can we say that Hollyleaf deserved to be in StarClan and Ashfur didn’t, or the other way around? Things are different here. Some cats forget parts of their life that they don’t want to remember.”
—Bluestar to Jayfeather about Ashfur, The Forgotten Warrior, pages 180-181

In a later book (I forgot), Ashfur is seen in Starclan, peacefully talking with Hollyleaf. Hollyleaf says that she ‘bear no ill feeling towards him’ and she thinks he has changed. Now if Ashfur is happily in Starclan, sharing tounges with his murderer, why would he suddenly go pyscho two series later to wreak havoc on Squirrelflight? Either we’ve all be duped this whole time and Ashfur ISN’T the impostor, or plot convenience.

Now, this is getting a *little* off topic, but who WOULD be the impostor if Ashfur wasn’t him?

Maybe it’s Sootfur! You know, when Shadowsight had that visison of SOOT falling on his FUR, it mean Sootfur! I was a little curious, so I did a little research, and apparently his mother, Willowpelt, died to a badger in Firestar’s Quest, when he was only an apprentice, orphaning him because his father, Whitestorm, died in the battle of Bloodclan. Sootfur himself died in the New Prophecy, mauled to death by, you guessed it, A BADGER.

This might be stretching it a LITTLE too far, but maybe Sootfur hated Midnight because she was a badger, and was incredibly angry when the Clans listened to her and befriended her in the Great Battle, so he impersonated Bramblestar? Sootfur didn’t have to have some personal beef with Bramblestar to posses him, he could have just done it because Bramblestar was leader.

There is just one whole in my Sootfur theory, which is he has amber eyes. BUT he looks like Ashfur a lot. Anyways, take anything I say with a grain of salt, because it’s just my opinion! 😀

– Icechill (also Jayfox)


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January 23, 2021 1:49 am

I’m not in favour of the Imposter being Ashfur either. I’m glad his story is finally getting closure, as that the largest flaw with his character. But this could’ve of easily been done in Squirrelflight’s Hope. Using a whole arc for this wasn’t unnecessarily. The interesting, original premise of anti-codebreakers needs to push aside in favour of Ashfur. It’s a shame, because I was looking forward to deep reflection on Clan culture for the first time in the series.

In the Darkness Within, Ashfur’s scenes were really unsettling, though I have to question how long this can be kept up. I think Ashfur’s motive is too simple to carry three books. How can Ashfur’s obsession with one cat for a petty reason, be stretched over three books? It jawing how Ashfur has suddenly gone from killing Squirrelflight’s family, to being genocidal against the whole Clans. All over a friendzoning… It’s hard to be intimidated.

I thought Stoneteller from New Prophecy would’ve of been a good pick for the Imposter. Few people would’ve expected it, yet everyone knows who he is. His personality also seems to match up with the Imposter, being quite irrational and short-tempered. He was going to let the Tribe collapse without a leader, purely to spite for the Clans. He showed his villainous side when he exiled six tribemates to fight Shardtooth, under threat of execution. So his motive would match up with the Imposter’s codebreaker agenda, making the Clans question their own culture, in revenge for changing the Tribe.

January 23, 2021 2:00 am

Interesting article! I never thought about the Sootfur theory!

January 23, 2021 2:10 am

Great article!!!:)

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springtail who is an extreme solangelo shipper
January 23, 2021 2:32 am

Honestly, this actually makes a lot of sense!

Reedpaw (wish) (previously was Sparksage1)
Reedpaw (wish) (previously was Sparksage1)
January 23, 2021 3:31 am

Very nice article! Though I already know who the imposter is. Don’t open the spoiler if you don’t know who!

Spoiler for the Darkness Within
Its Ashfur

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January 23, 2021 6:55 am

This is a really good theory but


It’s been already confirmed that Ashfur is the imposter.

January 23, 2021 8:35 am

Darkness Within Spoilers
A lot of people didn’t want Ashfur to be the impostor. His character arc was pretty much over, and we didn’t get a valid explanation as to why he was in StarClan or why he waited so long to steal Bramblestar’s body. But he is the impostor. There was no other cat that fit into the lines like he did. Obsessed with Squirrelflight? Ashfur. Grudge against Bramblestar? Ashfur. Ash on fur? Blue eyes when leaving the body? Ashfur.
I personally wasn’t that disappointed that it was him, but I can understand why people were. Great article!

Redblaze is stuck in 2020
Redblaze is stuck in 2020
January 23, 2021 10:40 am

Yeah I really don’t want Ashfur to be the imposter simply because I was hoping he’d get redemption

January 23, 2021 12:08 pm

I wish Ashfur wasn’t.
That is just so obvious and… well, he’s shown perfectly fine like, a week earlier when Lost Stars takes place, SqH.
Great article!

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January 23, 2021 2:11 pm

Interesting! 🙂
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January 23, 2021 2:33 pm

ashfur’s the imposter its confirmed on the wiki so sorry to spoil your theories but it’s him

Stormpaw (Stormi)
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January 23, 2021 3:37 pm

I never thought of Sootfur, and great article!

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January 23, 2021 4:14 pm

interesting article! 😀

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