Jinx analyzes the roots behind the villainy of the antagonists of the series.
Hi! Jinx here. I’m here to talk about the Warriors villains (in the books I’ve read) and who directly or non directly started their villain-y.
Let’s start with two cats that pretty much EVERYONE has heard of: Mapleshade and Appledusk.
Most people blame Mapleshade for the Dark Forest’s growing power. And even though I love Mapleshade, I will admit, she isn’t completely innocent. But then again, a lot of people focus on her downfalls (murder, betrayal, kits’ deaths, ect.) and don’t take a good look at her before the… defects, let’s say, in her life. So, really quick, I’m going to describe her personality before her relationship with Appledusk.
She was a loyal warrior, helpful and kind, and was liked by most cats in the Clan. She might have even became deputy if she hadn’t turned down the wrong road. So now, we’re at the part of the story everyone knows. Blah, blah. blah, forbidden love, Blah, blah. blah, has RiverClan cat’s kits, Blah, blah. blah, gets kicked out of Clan. Now, she seeks revenge, kills a few cats, dies of blood loss, and gets booted into the Dark Forest. So then, she invades Tigerstar’s mind, he kills some cats, becomes leader of ShadowClan, recruits Scourge, some more cats die, (including Tigerstar himself), and Scourge dies and his spirit goes no where. Then we’ve got Thistleclaw and Sol (who isn’t techniacally connected with StarClan, but I’ll get to that later), and ShadowClan turning their back on StarClan, and then finally, the Great Battle. So let’s keep going.
Next, I’ll look at Tigerstar. As we see in Tigerclaw’s Fury, Mapleshade is in his mind, controlling him. Tigerclaw in Redtail’s Debt, is a ruthless, ambitious tom who actually murders Redtail. In either the Forest Of Secrets or A Dangerous Path (I can’t remember TBH), he attempts to murder Bluestar, and then he becomes leader of ShadowClan after his exile.
Next: Thistleclaw. This isn’t gonna be a long one, I only know a bit about him from Spottedleaf’s Heart, so all I know is he trained in the Dark Forest. With Mapleshade.
Last, Sol. So, this one is hard to explain here, so I have to do this last.
Anyway, if Appledusk hadn’t betrayed Mapleshade, and if Ravenwing hadn’t told on Mapleshade, Mapleshade wouldn’t have gone nuts, she wouldn’t have murdered all those cats, she wouldn’t have gone to the Dark Forest, wouldn’t have trained Thistleclaw or controlled Tigerstar (claw). So, now here’s Sol’s explanation.
If Mapleshade hadn’t gone to the Dark Forest, the Great Battle wouldn’t have been foretold, Midnight wouldn’t have told Sol about the eclipse or the Battle, Sol wouldn’t have turned ShadowClan against their beliefs, and so on.
So, now you really have to think: Who really started all the betrayals and murders and traitors and killers in the forest? Yes, Mapleshade was partly to blame, but don’t you think it’s partly Appledusk’s or maybe Ravenwing’s, Darkstar’s (RiverClan leader that rejected Mapleshade), or Oakstar (leader that banished Mapleshade) fault? Or maybe a combonation of them. Well, that’s the end of this article! (BTW most of my articles are on villians, I find them really interesting.) If you have a request for an article on a certain cat (preferably villain), I will be sure to read their novel/novella if they have one, and do my best!