Why Dovewing is a GREAT cat! by Hurricanepaw

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Hurricanepaw argues why Dovewing is a good character!

So many people hate dovewing for… various reasons. Such as “she’s whiney!”, “She’s selfish!” “She replaced hollyleaf!” or even ‘she was a bad sister!” When she might have been one of the best sisters in the books. So today I will be contradicting all of your arguments and saying why this loveable fluffy bean with the name of Dovewing is one of my favorites.

(Spoilers for OOTS, Dovewing’s silence, AVOS and TBC)

First I will say briefly why I always have and always will love dovewing. Let me rephrase that. Why I Love dovewing NOW and probably always will. I used to like IVYPOOL and hate DOVEWING! But I first read omen of the stars when I was in third grade and was too young to look into dovewing’s character. however when I reread it, I realized what a major JERK ivypool was! I was disappointed in the cat I thought was right, but I found light in dovewing. Enough said about ivypool. I don’t hate modern, responsible Ivypool. I actually like her! But Omen Of The Stars Ivypool? Might be my least favorite character. Even as an apprentice, Dovepaw was a try-harder. When she went on the quest, she was told t/hat they needed to work together. As a result she was devastated when Rippletail died, and underrated scene, when tigerheart almost drowns in the food when they break the dam, she’s the first to save him. Dovepaw comes back and wants to be with her sister, but Ivypaw shuns her, jealous. When Ivypool agrees to spy for the forest, Dovewing is constantly worried. When she witnesses Swoops death, A cat she barley knew, she’s haunted for moons by nightmares. Dovewing is such an empathetic, caring cat who just wants to help others.

Now time to counter all of the reasons people hate Dovewing!

1. “she’s Whinny”

I think a lot of people are mistaken on this. She never openly complains about her powers, just in her head, where we all think things that might be selfish or whinny. So she’s not whinny, she just balls up her self-pity and angry *glances at ivypool, who does neither of these things*

2. “She’s selfish!”

Dovewing is probably the most unselfish cat in the books! she cares deeply for everyone around her. She even says “Maybe it won’t be so bad, having these powers, if I can use them to help my Clan.” she’s wounded by Rippletail’s death for years to come. When she hears Sedgewhisker being attacked by dogs, she risks punishment to check on the WindClan- cat. Have you ever noticed she’s never killed anyone? How she’s never too hostile to kittypets? How she shoves her problems down for the clan?

3. “she replaced hollyleaf!”

Thats… One way to look at it. But hollyleaf wasn’t in the prophecy. Dovewing was. So I guess she took the place that the fans established for hollyleaf.

4. “She’s a bad sister”

Dovewing cared for and loved ivypool her whole life. When she went to the mountains, she was glad Ivypool didn’t come because she might have got hurt. She cares for Ivypool, even defends her when Jayfeather and Lionblaze pester her when she’s not being a good spy. the one time she wasn’t the best sister was the time she left, to have her kits.

5. “She whined a lot when she lost her powers!”

Dovewing was devastated when she lost her powers because they were like a part of her. She couldn’t hear far anymore, she couldn’t monitor what was happening in the clans to make sure everyone was safe. She felt useless. How did she deal with this? She told cats who asked and privately tired to fix her problems. that is NOT whining.

6. “She has just another forbidden romance!”

ok but dovewing has a good one. I personally ship Dovewing x tigerheart. I can see why they love each other so much. They’re each other’s escapes! At night dovewing can dust off and ignore her powers because everyone’s asleep! And for tigerheart he doesn’t have to go to the dark forest! i personally like tigerheart. He’s a good cat and I’m glad he didn’t do the whole tigerclone thing.

Anyway, thats it for today’s article!

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30 comments

  • Yes! Someone who thinks Dovewing is good! She and Squirrelflight tie for my fave character, and I hate that everyone gives her so much hate for things that aren’t true! But I do respect those with that opinion. TigerheartxDovewing is ALSO one of my fave ships!

      • I watch Moonkitti! She’s/they’re amazing. But my sister is like super biased about RiverClan and just stopped watching Moonkitti bc of that one time when Moonkitti (quite reasonably in my opinion) agreed that ThunderClan is the rightful owner of Sunningrocks. She can’t get over it and she keeps calling Moon a “traitor”. [sad emoji goes here] Im too lazy to figure out how to put in the real emoji [laughing emoji goes here]

  • Yay! I’m only on Night whispers but I’m already a Dovewing defender till the end! Ivypool is one of the most selfish and jerky characters in the books! It’s not Dovewing’s fault she’s a good hunter! The only thing I disklike about DoveXTiger is the age difference, and that maybe Dovewing was too young to get a mate?

    • No offense, Ivy is my fav character of all time and I think by the end of the OOtS hopefully you’ll change your mind. I mean she is so awesome and her flaws are a part of her character, ok? Like people hate on her just cause she is flawed like any other cat.

  • Ok first of all, I agree that she is overheated, but! Her forbidden romance just took up 90% of her character, breaking on and off again and again with Tigerheart

  • Uhh *friendly opinion war*
    I’m not a Dove hater but I’m just sick of people saying that she’s so underrated and kind of hating on OOtS Ivypool, who by the way is my favorite version of Ivypool cause she’s so interesting and talk about character development! But anyway I feel like Dove fans are kind of like overlooking her little flaws and sees her like she seems to see herself, which is basically “I’m flawless” (no offense I swear), and like Dove haters are putting exaggerated emphasis on her flaws, making her look like she is super whiny and selfish and forgetting she is actually a rather good cat. I mean Dove has her flaws like any other cat but overall she’s a caring, selfless, and interesting character.

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