My Top 5 Favorite and Least Favorite Characters by Cherrytuft

Cherrytuft lists their favourite and least favourite characters from the series.

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Howdy! Cherrytuft here, and today I wanted to talk about my top 5 favorite and least favorite characters in Warrior Cats. I’ve seen lots of these and now want to try one for myself! 🙂 Remember, these are all just my opinion, and I don’t want to offend anyone!
Favorite Cats:
1. Squirrelflight-Goodness gracious, I love her so much! Bramblestar can be a bad mate a lot, by neglecting and disrespecting her authority, but she is strong and kind enough to love him anyway. She is brave, and assertive, and will fight to the end for her Clan. She has a remarkable sense of loyalty that stretches beyond her own Clan, which is shown when she helps the Sisters in Squirrelflight’s Hope. Plus, she’s just so cute!!
2. Briarlight- She’s so brave and strong! She risked her life for an elder’s, which I know not many other cats in ThunderClan would do, and she was so kind and courageous throughout all of it! She gave her life up so other cats could live, and she was one of the only cats Jayfeather cared about, which is kind of hard to achieve! XD I admire her honesty, kindness, loyalty, and bravery in the face of death. I love her so much!
3. Yellowfang- She got cursed with the power of feeling other cat’s pain! Pretty sure that’s the one superpower I would not want to have! Raggedstar bullied her and didn’t even care about her, in my opinion. She deserved better. She had to kill her own son! I’m so glad she got to have Firestar in her life. <3
4. Ivypool- Poor girl felt less important than her sibling, which is one of the worst feelings you can undergo in the world. She knew Dovewing seeing Tigerheart was a terrible idea, but Dovewing did not listen to her, and now Dovewing’s in ShadowClan. With two kits she ignores, and one kit that’s a decent character. Great, just great, Dovewing…
5. Millie- I love GrayxMillie. Some of you might say that she ignored Blossomfall and did not give her the attention she deserved, but Blossomfall was being a brat, in my opinion. Her sister is forever wounded, and Blossomfall is sad because her mother is worried about that. Millie is just a caring mother who cares about her daughter who has been PERMANENTLY INJURED. I mean, that makes sense, right?
(Bristlefrost almost made it on this list!!)
Least Favorite Cats:
5. Hollyleaf- Spoilers for Sunrise! So she kills Ashfur because he’s going to tell a secret, and then tells the secret herself? Seriously? I really liked her until this. This bugged me unbelievably. Ashfur was a jerk, but he didn’t deserve to die like that. And did everyone forget how good of a friend he was to Cloudtail? SPOILERS FOR DARKNESS WITHIN (PREVIEW): But now I guess he’s the imposter so… XD
4. Jayfeather- Now, I’m rereading the Omen of the Stars arc now, so that might change my opinion on him, but it’s unlikely. I know he has a hard time being blind, but… honestly? He comes across as self-obsessed to me. He is always fussing about cats judging him for being blind, even when they probably aren’t. He just is annoying, always thinking of himself. In my opinion, at least. I know most of the fandom loves him.
3. Dovewing- ‘Oh no, I got a power that I’m super lucky to have, and so I’ll complain over it like crazy while my sister is suffering and feeling left out!’ As I mentioned earlier with Ivypool, I feel like Dovewing was a terrible sister to her. Then she left her Clan who had done so much to help her, and ran away with some boy. In the process, she mated a tom she didn’t love and got his hopes up. I don’t LIKE Bumblestripe, but I don’t really dislike him either, even if he flirted with her over Purdy’s dead body. 😐
2. Silverstream- She comes across as a bratty spoiled girl to me. Yeah, I get that her mother died and so she was spoiled by her Clan and father, but that is NOT an excuse to say, basically, and this is not a direct quote, it’s just what I interpret her saying as, ‘Well, my father’s the Clan leader, so I can do anything I want! The Warrior Code does not apply to me.’
1. Spottedleaf- I really hate her. First of all, I hate ThistlexSpotted. The age difference doesn’t even bother me that much when I think of some other problems I’m not going to get into because I know some little kids read these. But it’s really NOT okay. Second, Spottedleaf talks to Firestar like… what, twice at the maximum, and all of a sudden they are in love? She flirts with him even after he has a mate and kits! She basically comes across as perfect, also. Apparently she smells amazing, is beautiful, and kind. No, literally, does she have any flaws?
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  • i used 2 hate Dove but then i re-read her books and now i like her, she has a power she never asked 4 and then thinks she should save everyone and when she can’t she blames herself. Jay and Lion are really mean 2 her and she probably just fell in love with Tigerheart because he doesn’t put her under pressure or make her think of the prophecy, she can be happy with him. i respect your opinions tho and why does spottedleaf smell so good! she says 2 Leafpool that she loves her father and now that is just mean. Firestar acts a mouse-brain in Firestar’s quest and ’cause of spottedleaf. i agree on all of them but dove!
    great article!

  • Um no no and no! I take it you’re a shipper of FirexSand, am I right? Because if so, I’d like to give the protest that at least Firestar knew Spottedleaf a lot more greater than he knew Sandstorm! At least their(Spotted and Fire’s) relationship was a lot more developed than some! And Silverstream is not a brat just because she is a bit spoiled! Jayfeather doesn’t like it when people talk about his blindness, which they do a lot even after he tells them he doesn’t like it! And are you really going to judge someone for liking someone? That’s just unfair. She’s beautiful because she is!! Is that a crime? She smells sweet because of the herbs she’s around all day. She doesn’t tell Leafpool that she likes Firestar, she just says she wishes things were different. And anyways, we should all be glad that instead of taking her heartbreak out on the world, sweet Spottedleaf chose to save Sandstorm by dying and never returning. I respect your opinions though, and apart from these misunderstood cats, I think I agree. Interesting article.

    • Ummm, I think Firestar and Spottedleaf’s relationship might’ve been more developed if she had lived, but it’s really not…he knows her for like..two months before she dies, and in those two months, he talks to her about twice.

      Sandstorm and Firestar, on the other hand (or paw? :P) spend lots of time around each other before finally realizing their feelings for each other, and have a very sweet, loving relationship. 🙂

  • great article, cherry!

    here are my favorites:
    5. whitestorm
    4. amberpaw (moon)
    3. briarlight
    2. ivypool
    1. leafpool

    least favs:
    5. breezepelt
    4. redwillow
    3. tigerstar
    2. brokenstar
    1. rainflower

  • my favs for now:
    1.ivypool
    2.twigbranch
    3.idk
    4.idk
    5.idk

    my least favs for now:
    1.firestar
    2.dovewing
    3.tigerheartstar
    4.graystripe
    5.idk

  • On your favorite cats, I agreed on Brairlight 100%! She is an amazing character, and deserves more love. <3 I’m somewhat neutral on Squirrelflight however, sometimes while reading I’m thinking she’s an idiot, and sometimes I want to squish her. :> So I go up and down on her. Yellowfang is awesome. While I disagree about Raggedstar, Yellowfang did go through a lot, being cursed and all. Ivypool, yeah, Ivypool’s marvelous. Millie, kind of like Squirrelflight on her, but a lot more hate moments. And Blossomfall is not a brat. >:T

    On your least favorite cats, I disagree with Hollyleaf quite a bit. I agree that when she killed Ashfur, then told the secret herself, it wasn’t the best decision but the beginning of Hollyleaf’s Story shows how much she wanted to take back what she did. Hollyleaf is an overhated character, and it hurts when I see her on people’s hate lists. I also disagree Jayfeather. I’ve never seen him as self obsessed, and there is no way you’ll make me see him that way. Dovewing…. I never saw her as a terrible sister. In more ways than one, she was very pressured, and just didn’t have time for Ivypool. I’ve actually seen people who think Ivypool is the terrible sis, and I just want to say that they both weren’t the best to each other, but they still cared about one another, and that’s what matters. Dovewing’s relationships I’ve pretty much stayed out of, so I got nothing to say on that. Silverstream, well you probably know more about her than me, I haven’t read Crookedstar’s promise yet. Moving on to Spottedleaf. I don’t approve of ThistlexSpotted either. Also, am I the only one who was clueless about Spottedleaf and Firestar’s relationship until quite a bit later? They did go over the top with saying she smelled good tho. ;-; Personally my least favorite is Alderheart, and a lot of people are shocked about that, so I guess we all have our own opinions.

    • Alderheart s my favorite character, and i get why you don’t like him, but yes, Hollyleaf is overhated and is my top 11 fav!

  • I agree with all of your favorites (SQUILF FOREVER!), but I don’t really agree with any of your least faves…

    Hollyleaf- Yeah, what she did was stupid, but she was basically just going crazy at that point, and it was out of desperation. I don’t think that because she made one bad decision (granted, a VERY bad decision), at a very chaotic point in her life, she should be disliked.

    Jayfeather- Apprentice him is annoying, yes, but once he becomes more mature, his sarcasm and dry sense of humour is very charming. 😛

    Dovewing- I don’t really know why she gets hated so much, I think mostly because some poeople think she’s a Mary Sue. Yeah, I guess she should’ve been more sensitive to Ivypool ( who is awesome, by the way), but at the time, Ivypool was kind of shutting her out. I think having powers is definitely a reason to be kind of stressed out; I mean, that’s a big responsibility, and you can’t blame her for being distracted from Ivypool by her newfound abilities. Also, you can’t defend Bumblestripe. He’s a creepy stalker who asked Dovewing to have kits over her friends dead body and is bitter towards Dovewing after he finds a new love interest.

    Silverstream- Again, just made a bad decision. She and Graystripe were young, stupid, and in love. Plus, you can’t forget that she saved Graystripe, a cat from another Clan, from drowning in the river.

    Spottedleaf- I honestly don’t think we get to see enough of her to really gauge her personality. Yes, we see her in StarClan a lot, but cats are usually much more cartefree and blissful in StarClan. Maybe she didn’t really realize Firestar had kits. (Which she does, by the way. In Firestar’s Quest, there’s a big controversy about that where Spottedleaf eventually tells Firestar to let go of her and to go be mates with Sandstorm.) In the first series, I don’t think that any cats are given as much depth as they are in the other series. For example: Graystripe in the first series: Funny food boy; Cloudtail in the first series: Naughty kittypet boy; Bluestar in the first series: Our benevolent leader- nevermind she’s crazy. None of the first series characters are very three-dimensional. Also, the Spottedleaf side of ThisltexSpotted was TOTALLY just an apprentice crush. Thistleclaw is the one being the creepy child predator.

  • Sorry, forgot to put this in my other comment- I think Dovewing is actually kind of showing how mature she is by running off to the city and then going to ShadowClan. She is able to leave her life behind, just so she can live out the rest of her life with the choice she made. Plus, she was getting weird dreams telling her to go be mates with Tigerstar.

  • Awesome article cherrytuft! Yeah have to say I agree about jayfeather. I feel bad for him cause he is blind, but he is SUPER snappy and personally I’d rather get healed by alderheart. 🤷‍♂️

  • I agree with everything except Holly and Jay! Jays personality is supposed to be like that, he’s grumpy,grumpy and uh grumpy. But I love Jay. we don’t have another Jay to replace him. He’s one of a kind! I think people should understand that a bit more. Even when i make ocs and the oc is grumpy everyone’s ACTUALLY mad at me! He doesn’t deserve any hate. Hes just a grumpy boi who want to sort herbs. Moving to Holly, yes it was kinda jumbled. But without holly, Ivypool would have been dead. Without her the POT would have been boring. If they didn’t make Holly,then we would have dovewing ALL of the POT series. I hate dovewing. In my opinion, if we had Dove over Holly I would quit reading the books. Holly doesn’t deserve so much hate!

  • Great article!!!
    My favs (top 6 cuz I wanna include Hollyleaf)

    6. Hollyleaf
    5. Turtle Tail
    4. Leafpool
    3. Rootspring
    2. Bristlefrost
    1. Squirrelflight

    (To be honest, I love both Squirrelflight and Bristlefrost the same and they are tied but I’m just gonna put 1. And 2. For no reason😛)

    My least favs:

    1. Jessy
    2. Star Flower
    3. Thriftear
    4. Needleclaw (claw not “tail” just in case any of you get confused. I love NeedleTAIL btw!)
    5. Bramblestar/Ashfur (I hate them both)

    Also why does Dovewing get so much hate? She’s not my favourite but she’s not even that bad in my opinion. I think she’s kinda cool! I feel bad for the amount of hate she gets.

  • Squirrelflight- I LOVE HER! she’s my favourite character too! (Along with Bristlefrost)
    Briarlight- I like her a lot:3
    Yellowfang- I hate her and I hate how she lied to squirrelflight and manipulated her into taking Leafpool’s kits.
    Ivypool- I love her so much!
    Millie- I don’t like her
    Hollyleaf- same with Ivypool, I love her so much!
    Jayfeather- I like him
    Dovewing- I ALSO LOVE HER SO MUCH! (I feel like I’m the only person in the whole fandom who loves Hollyleaf, Ivypool and Dovewing)
    Silverstream- I don’t like her/neutral dislike
    Spottedleaf- I don’t like her either

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