My Favorite and Least Favorite Warriors by Nightshadows

Nightshadows shares their favourite and least favourite characters from the series.

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Hello! It’s me, Nightshadows, again! This may or may not be my second article, but this one and my first were submitted minutes after each other, so I can’t tell when they were published so… Anyway, moving on… (Contains Spoilers! If you haven’t read the latest books as of September 2020, I suggest you leave or continue, knowing your day will be ruined!)

My Five Least Favorite Cats:

5. Firestar
He’s probably on everyone’s top ten favorite list, but something about him makes me dislike him. For the first arc, he was great, one of my favorites, actually, but after a while… maybe it’s because he just became *perfect.* And the fact that he was the fourth in the prophecy… I mean, come on, he didn’t even DO anything. He just sorta… died.

5 1/2. Yellowfang
I don’t dislike her in general, I actually love her, but I really hate some of her actions. Forcing Leafpool to make Cinderheart a medicine cat, even though Cinderheart was a totally separate cat from Cinderpelt and deserved her own life, nearling voting on sending Leafpool and Squirrelflight to the dark forest? Okay, maybe the last one wasn’t 100% accurate, but I really disliked her actions sometimes.

4. Cinderpelt
Like most characters on this list, I loved her. Well, until she tried to take over Cinderheart even though Cinderheart is a totally different cat with aspires, dreams and who most certainly does NOT want to be a medicine cat.

3. Tigerstar the First
I don’t hate Tigerstar for taking over ShadowClan, indirectly murdering Bluestar, (mostly because of reasons you’ll see farther down) trying to kill Firestar, I hate him because of what he did to poor Tiny. And what I find funny is that Tigerstar technically killed himself. Take that, you monster.

2. Tigerstar the Second
Wow, we’ve got both Tigerstars on this list now! I have a long list of reasons for my dislike against him, but let’s just make it simple. He suggested giving ShadowClan land to SkyClan, and just went NOPE and kicked them out. Who does that?! I’m also biased against him for catching Dovewing’s eye even though it wasn’t his fault.

1. Bluestar.
She’s a HYPOCRITE. She’s horrified at Tigerstar I’s attack on Tiny, and then, mere moons later, lets Rusty, a *kit*, fight a fully-grown warrior! And what’s worse, she let two kits fight each other, with one of them not knowing the boundaries, making the other *bleed*. Cats could’ve been SERIOUSLY hurt. Bluestar’s lucky they didn’t. And on top of that, she mated with a cat who is hardly as good as Thrushpelt. Oakshine and Bluestar had no backstory whatsoever. They just saw each other during a border patrol and fell in love. I have a longer list of reasons I dislike Bluestar so much, but this is already over 850 words and I don’t want to make this too long.

Honorable mentions: Dovewing (probably would’ve tied with Cinderpelt if not replaced her), Blackstar, Onestar

My Five Favorite Cats:

5. Sol
I like Sol so much. Though he was pretty dumb, thinking that he wouldn’t get caught in stealing the kits, I think he was just likeable. He was kicked out of his home, *twice*, and he’s cunning and smart and handsome. What else could you ask for?

4. Uh.. Darktail? Darkspot? Darkstipe?
I don’t remember his name, but he was Tigerstar’s apprentice. I don’t necessarily like him, rather the prospect of him and Tigerstar. I genuinely believe he had a crush on him. And before you do anything, it’s scientifically proven that cats can be homosexual so it’s 100% possible in the real world. I also found his loyalty to Tigerstar adorable and just amazing.

She’s in the shadow of her sister, and goes to train in the Dark Forest. I honestly think that if Ivypool wasn’t constantly in the shadow of Dovewing, I’d hate her. I mean HATE. But she has a reason for her attitude, and so I love her. I don’t know why I do, I just do.

2. Rootpaw
I’m pretty sure he got his warrior name, but I forgot it. Anyway, I can relate to him a lot, him being bullied. And I don’t know if this was in the books, but he’s quite clumsy and I just like that about him.

2 1/2. Purdy.
I can’t say much, but I just thought Purdy was adorable. He was the easygoing elder who could be rude at times and I was really heartbroken at his death.

And finally, my favorite cat….

1. Mapleshade
I like evil cats. Before you go yelling about how horrible she was, just put yourself in her shoes (or paws, in this case). You’ve just been kicked out of your home, with newborn kits, and they die while you try to reach your mate, and they reject you, and on top of that, you’re having nightmares about what will happen if you don’t kill someone. I can’t justify the killings she made after going to the dark forest however.

No honorable mentions because I can’t think of any.

So here it is. My current list of favorite and least favorite cats. Bye!

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  • lol im the opposite for a lot of the cats n ur list
    i like firestar because he tried to do the right thing, and the reason he seems perfect is because we dont get his pov anymore. I like cinderpelt in the first and second series, until she tried to take over cinderheart, But she´s still one of my favorite cats. And darkstripe was faithful to tigerstar…..but he was extremely evil with no morals. But maple is definetly my all time favorite cat.

      • Another reason I don’t like Tigerstar is because he left ShadowClan to find Dovewing even when ShadowClan was pretty much in pieces. Though I guess he misinterpreted Puddleshine’s dreams, but he still should have used his common sense, in my opinion.

        But I respect your opinion and it’s fine if you don’t agree!

  • I don’t really think Cinderpelt tried to take over Cinderheart, I think StarClan just shoved them together giving neither a choice in the matter

  • I agree, except with Firestar. I don’t know why, but for some reason, everyone seems to think that everyone else really likes Firestar. On every hate list he’s on (and he’s on a lot), it’s always, “Ok, I know EVERYONE LOVES Firestar, but I don’t!” Everyone hates him, because he’s too…bland? Perfect? I don’t know, but everyone thinks he’s just the literal spawn of Satan.

  • i like bluestar and firestar, and no, bluestar never made firestar (rusty) fight a full grown cat?? he fought graypaw, who literally got up like 5 minutes later and said passively, ‘you fight well for a twoleg pet’, and began licking himself. that’s not even a serious fight? graypaw would’ve stopped if it was a serious fight, yet he did stop, and even complimented rusty

    • When Firepaw got to the ThunderClan camp, he was challenged by Longtail. Longtail fought hard, to the point where he choked Firepaw until his collar snapped apart. Bluestar condoned a fight between an untrained apprentice-aged kittypet and a fully-trained warrior. :3

      • firstly, lay off the sarcasm and the “:3” please, secondly, if i recall correctly it was lionheart who asked, “do you back down from a challenge?”… lol so therefore not bluestar.

        thirdly, so you admit you were exaggerating when you said “kit”? apprentices and kits are different, you were clearly trying to make it sound worse than it was,,, also keep in mind 1) longtail had been made a warrior only around three moons before firepaw arrived in the clan, which isn’t really that bad,,,

        2) do you not remember bluestar watching firepaw secretly in his little skirmish with graypaw? even though it wasn’t verbal, it was HEAVILY implied bluestar was assessing his strength— if she wasn’t doing so, how did she know firepaw was fit/strong enough to live in the clan? that being said and firepaw being so clearly assessed by bluestar before he joined, bluestar wouldn’t have even let firepaw join thunderclan if she thought she wasn’t strong enough to have a fight.

        3) and with #2 being said, apprentices fight warriors all the time what?? i literally don’t need to point out evidence because there’s so much but if you insist—

        -what about the countless patrols? they bring apprentices on like nearly every patrol, so if they were to end up in a fight the apprentices would be fighting too right?

        -what about when brokentail and his warriors invaded thunderclan and fireheart was the only warrior left? even hecking cinderpaw was about to join the battle before dustpaw hissed at her to go back to her den?? cinderpaw with her leg wound against brokentail’s warriors?

        • Hi, Silverstream! I’m going to unpack this slowly so no miscommunication is had in this conversation.
          No part of my message was meant to convey sarcasm. The “:3” was there to make sure it was clear that my comment was lighthearted and not some kind of attack on your argument.
          My statement was an addition of information. Nothing more. You stated that Bluestar never made Rusty fight a full-grown cat, referencing only the Graypaw skirmish, so I added the Longtail information to clear it up.
          I’m not going to go over the merits of the rest of the essay here, as some points range from confusing (I…never said kit? I’m assuming you’ve mistaken me for someone else?) to simply combative. I have no interest in continuing this discussion. As a BlogTeam moderator, I will have to ask you to tone it down a bit in the future. BlogClan is a place for fans to have fun in a safe environment. It is not benefitted by accusations and long paragraphs of anger. Thank you. ^^

  • Cinderpelt is my absolute favorite character. She did not try to take over Cinderhearts body, starclan made her. She went out eventually, but I don’t think she meant to be in there. She let Cinderheart be her own cat.