Defending Spottedleaf by Mistheart

Mistheart defends Spottedleaf.

Art by alisonli (tumblr)

I’m sorry if you like Spottedleaf, but from what I found out, it seems as though most people think Spotted is “too perfect” and “a Mary-sue.” Right now I’m going to try to persuade you to think differently. Also, this contains spoilers for Spottedleaf’s Heart and The Prophecies Begin.

Spottedkit was born to Swiftbreeze and Adderfang alongside her siblings, Redkit and Willowkit. Her first litter siblings, Leopardfoot and Patchpelt, were already made warriors, and Leopardfoot mated with Pinestar, and gave birth to Mistkit, Nightkit, and Tigerpaw.

Later, Spottedkit was apprenticed to Thrushpelt as Spottedpaw. However, she grew more feelings for another warrior Thistleclaw, than her actual mentor. But, as their relationship grew, Thistleclaw shared a deadly secret to Spottedpaw.

Every night, he trained in the Dark Forest, and learned how to destroy things and kill things and become leader of all the Clans. Of course, this had Spottedpaw horrified, and she then rejected him. But I wouldn’t blame her. Imagine if your own future mate was actually planning to take over the world! Would you still mate with him/her? Of course not.

Still, Spottedpaw faced even more terrible tragedies. After she rejected Thistleclaw, the ThunderClan medicine cat, Featherwhisker, asked her to become his apprentice. Now, imagine giving up your lifetime dream of becoming a warrior, just to become a random cat with a bunch of herbs!

Actually, to the reader’s surprise, Spottedpaw (reluctantly) accepted Featherwhisker’s offer, and soon, she became a skillful medicine cat. She healed so many cats, which is something not every reader reads. And even I have to admit, I did skip those pages in which she healed a bunch of cats with herbs.

Some people may think that Spotted(leaf) is “too perfect” for Firestar. Seriously? I object to that. If Spotted was perfect, she wouldn’t have climbed that tree Thistle told her to. If she was perfect, she would know to never, ever trust Thistle. If she was perfect, she would automatically know that her destiny was to become a medicine cat, and she would have no objections to that. If Spotted was perfect, she would automatically know that falling in love with Firestar was wrong.

Another person may wonder if Spotted is “too old” for Firestar. Who ships Bracken x Sorrel? Brackenfur was nine moons older than Sorreltail when Sorreltail died. And Bracken was made a warrior before Sorrel. So… yeah.

Spottedleaf’s life was full of tragedy. She had to give up her lifetime dream of becoming a warrior. She realized at the last moment that her own mate was planning to become leader of all Clans, or destroy them. And yet, she managed to adapt and grow to become such a wonderful medicine cat. That’s something not every warrior can do. And that’s why I love Spotted, and made her by #1 Favorite Character in Warriors (#2 is Hollyleaf, #3 is Ivypool, #4 is Mapleshade, #5 is Firestar, #6 is Graystripe, #7 is Icecloud, #8 is Ferncloud, #9 is Leafstar, #10 is Feathertail).

Hope you have an awesome rest of your day! – Mistheart (aka Cloudy)

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