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Worst Parents in the Warriors Series by Tinypaw

Tinypaw lists some of the parents who underperformed in the series.

Artwork by Tusofsky

Hello, everyone, my name is Tinypaw. As you can see in the title, I’m going to be listing the worst parents in the warrior series (the cats below are only my opinion, no hate please). This is a really common topic, but I want to write about it anyway.

10. Stormtail

Stormtail wasn’t a very good father to Bluekit (star) and Snowkit (fur). He never really got to know his kits, and he didn’t seem to care, either. The reason I he’s number 10 and not higher on the list is because he was an important warrior, and so he may not have time to take care of his kits (but then there’s Adderfang, who was deputy for a while: he seemed to really care about his kits).

9. Millie

Don’t get me wrong: Millie is an amazing character!! I just find it frustrating that she completely ignored Blossomfall and Bumblestripe after Briarpaw (light) was crippled. You should give a bit more attention to your injured kit, at least for a while when it’s still not known if she will live, but you can’t just ignore your other kits! In fact, she kind of caused Blossomfall (who wanted attention) to join DF (of course this is still mostly Blossomfall’s fault).

8. Spiderleg

Spiderleg becomes mates with Daisy, has kits, and then acts like nothing ever happened. What’s the point of having a mate and kits if you do that? Some people include this part when debating whether Spiderleg is a good mate/father:

Daisy: “Spiderleg, what’s the matter? Are you ill?”
Spiderleg: “I’m fine. I just wish every cat would stop fussing.”
—Daisy concerned for Spiderleg when he has a cough Long Shadows, page 233

Honestly, though, everyone is like that. For example, Hawkwing claimed that he was fine when Pebbleshine was worried about his hurt leg (I think that was in Hawkwing’s Journey, but I haven’t read that for a while). The only reason I don’t like Spiderleg (as a father) is because he ignored his kits.

7. Sandgorse

Sandgorse doesn’t really care about how Tallkit (paw, tail, star) felt, like, he just doesn’t understand Tallpaw (I’m just gonna call him that) wanting to be a moor runner instead of a tunneler like him. Then, he gets super angry because Tallpaw got scared when tunneling and “causes” tunneling to be banned. I can understand him being angry, but he just refers to Tallpaw as “an apprentice”. Doesn’t Tallpaw mean more to Sandgorse than that?

6. Palebird

Palebird kinda ignores Tallkit because she is grieving for Finchkit. I mean, I know it’s really really sad that you lose a kit, but you can’t just stop caring for your living one! In fact, she was so bad to Tallkit to the point where he thought that Palebird wished he died instead of Finchkit. Also, when Tallkit becomes Talltail, Palebird doesn’t seem to care when Talltail leaves and when he comes back. When she becomes mates with Woolytail, she doesn’t really care about Talltail’s feelings (I mean that makes sense Talltail can’t stop Palebird from loving someone). The part that really bugs me is that Palebird seems to forget that Talltail is forget, and scolds him WHEN HE’S TRYING TO HELP!!!

5. Appledusk

I HATE APPLEDUSK!!! He doesn’t deserve a mate like Mapleshade. At first he was all “omg i love u so much” and then he was like “I hav nothing to do with you my mate is Reedshine”. The only reason he isn’t number 1 or 2 is because he is mostly only a horrible mate (he is still a really horrible father, though). When his kits die, he doesn’t even seem to care, and he blames Mapleshade for killing the kits. Appledusk is such a fox-heart!

4. Crowfeather

It’s pretty obvious that Crowfeather is a bad father (an abusive mate, too). He doesn’t really care about Breezepelt (I know he changes after Crowfeather’s Trial but still). I feel bad for him, but that doesn’t mean I think he’s right to ignore Breezepelt. He definitely partly caused Breezepelt to join DF. In a way, Crowfeather’s situation is similar to Appledusk’s (I like Crowfeather more, Appledusk is one of my least favorite characters): he took a mate just to prove that he is loyal to WindClan. That’s the main reason I don’t completely like Crowfeather.

3. Clear Sky (Skystar)

Ok, Clear Sky has so many mates and kits, mostly that he rejected. Here’s a list:

Mate #1: Bright Stream (2 unnamed kits)
Mate #2: Storm (2 unnamed kits, Thunder who is later known as Thunderstar)
Mate #3: Star Flower (Flower Foot, Dew Petal, Tiny Branch)

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