Defending Dovewing by Briarshine

Briarshine defends Dovewing and her actions.

Art by Vialir

This is my second article, and this time, I’m going to defend Dovewing!

Dovekit was born to Whitewing and Birchfall with Ivykit, her sister. She learns she’s part of a gigantic, really pressuring prophecy (Look, I’m defending her… wow…) with Lionblaze and Jayfeather. She hates she has a special destiny, and she hates her special power.

She becomes an apprentice to Lionblaze. Dovepaw becomes friends with Tigerheart, a warrior from another Clan (relationships are forbidden outside your Clans. Dovepaw is from ThunderClan, and Tigerheart is from ShadowClan, BTW). She’s becoming a great interest, and her sister, Ivypaw, becomes jealous, and Hawkfrost, some evil dead warrior comes to her.

He’s from the Dark Forest where evil cats go to. Apparently, Ivypaw didn’t listen to stories, because she trusts him and trains with the other EVIL cats like Tigerstar (formerly Tigerclaw), Thistleclaw, Mapleshade, Hawkfrost, and uh… (struggles to remember!) oh yes! (Wait haven’t remembered yet… wait… who… who… oh yeah!) And Darkstripe, etc.

Dovepaw, meanwhile, struggles with the prophecy and her relationship with her sister and Tigerheart.

Dovewing, now, has to fight the Dark Forest cats. Her sister Ivypool has realized she was doing wrong (before this book, but I don’t remember what book) and she starts spying for the Dark Forest. Though Ivypool refuses to tell who trains in the Dark Forest, at last, she says when they are going to attack.

Dovewing breaks up (is this the right word? At any rate, she ended any relationship) with Tigerheart.

Now, I don’t see how Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovewing used the powers to save the Clans. But who cares? It’s just the plot.

She later realizes she is pregnant with Tigerheart’s kits, and runs away with him. She has her kits, Shadowkit, Lightkit, and Pouncekit. She later returns with Tigerheart, Tigerheart gets his name Tigerstar and his nine lives, and joins ShadowClan to be with him.

People hate Dovewing for…

1) Whines, whines, whines about her power of SIX books, and suddenly in Bramblestar’s Storm, she whines again about how it DISAPPEARED.

Objection: She just got used to it in the sixth book, and began to use it then. She lost it nearly right away. Of course she’s whining. And besides, though she was whining, her extreme sight and a brilliant hearing was a part of her. She just lost it in like, one night? She probably feels deaf and blind. Kind of like Longtail when he lost his sight?

2) She replaced Hollyleaf as the third.

It’s not Dovewing’s fault, and… You know what? I can’t find the correct objection. But it certainly isn’t the justified excuse for hating her…

3) Ivypool was risking her life every night spying, while she dealt with stupid problems like Tigerheart.
+Ivypool should have been the third, not Dovewing!

Um… I’m sorry, no offense, but do you expect her to barge her way into the Dark Forest and spy together with Ivypool? It’s not her fault she was the third cat, and her sister got the dangerous thing.
Also, if Ivypool was the third, I expect she would’ve been just like Dovewing, and people loved Dovewing and hated Ivypool. Maybe not, but well…

4) Ugh THE FORBIDDEN ROMANCE AGAIN? Breaking up with Tigerheart and then running away and joining ShadowClan? Honestly? She’s a drama queen!

Um… why don’t you hate all the FR ones? Like Graystripe, Silverstream, Millie (This counts… right?), Crowfeather, Feathertail, Leafpool, Jayfeather (Half Moon wasn’t allowed)(The code just says you can’t LOVE so I suppose this counts?), Alderheart (Same with Alderheart), Bluefur, Oakheart, Mapleshade, Appledusk (Oh right, you already hate him…), etc etc!
And by the way, I don’t think she completely erased her feelings. Feelings aren’t pencil marks to be erased…
Even if it was, just like pencil marks leave markings, I think she still had that thing.
There wasn’t another option except joining ShadowClan… unless you want her to live a lie again, or be torn like Leafpool?
Dovewing was right, she DID make the best choice… in my personal opinion.


Um… she does? Isn’t it green or blue?
And if it is like that in the books, it must be the Erins’ mistake. Crowfeather’s eyes are described as amber throughout the New Prophecy or the fourth and fifth books of it. Then his eyes are blue. Let me check the wiki… Oh wow, I can’t find it. Oh yay, it says green!

6) She betrayed her Clan by joining ShadowClan!

Okay, so… are you suggesting Tawnypelt’s a traitor? Twigbranch a traitor? Finleap a traitor?
I don’t find any problem unless she spills ThunderClan’s DARKEST secrets to ShadowClan.

7) She broke poor Bumblestripe’s heart!

She didn’t love him. Bumblestripe was kind of the ‘Ashfur’ character. She loved Tigerheartstar! She even tried to force herself to love Bumblestripe, but she couldn’t.
And Bumblestripe was nagging her constantly about kits when she didn’t want them!

8) She’s a Mary Sue.

No, she’s not. The ones I listed up there (having forbidden relationships, her clash with Ivypool, etc.).

Now that I’ve got that off my mind, I’ll cool down.
Thanks for reading!


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  • i dont mind the other forbidden loves but by dovewing it gets kinda boring no matter how cute tiger and dove are. (yes, i hate dovewing, yes dovextiger is one of my favorite ships. It´s possible.)

  • I SOOO agree! I never really got why people hated Dovewing so much, all the reasons just were kinda… unreasonable?

    Going to compare her and Bluestar in an article over all the relationship Code break winner goes to Dovewing and Tigerstar2 because AT LEAST BLUESTAR AND OAKHEART BROOK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This was an interesting article! personnaly, im tired of the dovewing fight. I dont even know who she is for starclan sake…. But i agree with you, feelings arent pencil marks to be erased (or maybe they are… cuz usually pencil marks are stil faintly left behind after someone tries to erase them)

  • I like Ivypool better, but I don’t hate Dovewing, as a matter of fact, I agree with most of the points you made.

  • Nice article. Still hate Dovewing though. I thought Firestar was the king of Mary Sue until I read Omen of the Stars.

  • 1.i don’t that justifies her whining. Yeah,she can whine,but she whined a whole lot more. If she was optimistic and tried to get used to it like Briarlight,She could’ve been more adapted on it. Insteads,she just whines and whines. and whines.
    3.Even if she did,Ivypool still risked her life spying,and Dovewing whined and mooned over Tigerheart and how unfair life is. That’s literally the fact.
    4.She actually lived in Shadowclan. All the cats you mentioned DIDN’T. And plus,she acted as if she actually wanted to break the warrior code. When Tigerheart joined the same clan,she had a choice to be loyal and stop mooning about Tigerheart. But she went on a patrol with him,and even met when they were supposed to be seperated. And then,she just runs off with Tigerheart/star and doesn’t get any punishment. wow.
    6.twany changed clans when she was a kit,and Fin and Twig changed theirs when they were apprentices/young warriors. Dovewing? When she was mature and old enough to have control.
    7.just because she loved another cat doesn’t justify her actings. Even though she never meant it,she never made it clear or told him directly,or even make clear boundaries with Bumblestripe. Anything close of a ‘hint’ is not meeting gazes and declining patrols and declining anything. And plus,Bumblestripe asked about kits,like two times? lol. And Dovewing didn’t make it clear in the first either.

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