Stonecloud evaluates Mudclaw’s character
Mudclaw is a very interesting cat. though he doesn’t get much attention in Prophecy begins. But in the new prophecy: Starlight is somewhat based on him. To find out the answer to the question we need to look further into Mudclaw’s character.
Mudclaw has always been loyal to Windclan. to the point where Tallstar trusted him enough to appoint him deputy. when the clans arrived at the lakes territory Mudclaw took the role as Windclan leader when Tallstar was too weak to, which any deputy would have done. he didn’t want Windclan to miss out on any territory. That only proves that Mudclaw would have been a great leader for windclan, But Tallstar thought otherwise. he thought that only blood will spill under Mudclaws rule, and Tallstar didn’t want that for windclan. so with his last dying words, he appointed Onewhisker (onestar) as his deputy. when Onewhisker came out with Firestar, Mudclaw didn’t believe a word they said. he said.
“You don’t think I believe this load of fox dung, do you? Every cat knows that Tallstar practically handed our Clan over to Firestar before he left the forest. He’s always felt more loyalty to ThunderClan than they ever deserved. And now Firestar tells us that his friend Onewhisker is to be a leader!”
―Mudclaw to his Clanmates Starlight, page 126
Onewhiskeer tried to appoint him deputy, but he was enraged and refused. Betrayed by so many of his clanmates, he gathered a group of cats with the help of Hawkfrost. and they attacked. the battle rages on, and thunderclan comes to help onewhiskers side of windclan. after a while, Mudclaw and hawkforst flee, but bramblecaw chases after him. then Mudclaw and Bzrambleclwa fight and hawkfrost helps Brambleclaw. Betrayed Mudclaw flees but starclan sends lightning which struck a tree and unlucky Mudclaw got squashed.
Another point is that Mudclaw joined Starclan. he thought he was acting on starclans will. and onewhisker wasn’t appointed with the right deputy ceremony. if muclaw had acted out of pure evil. he would have gone to the dark forest.
So what does that say about Mudclaw? Mudcalw had a legitimate claim over Windclan because onewhisker want appointed right. but rage clouded his judgment which ultimately caused his downfall. But back to the starclan point. it is proven that Mudclaw wasn’t evil enough to go to the dark forest.
So is Mudclaw evil. No, I don’t think he is. but he did a lot of bad things in Starlight. which proves he is not good either.