Faithpaw analyzes some controversial characters
Hello everyone and welcome to “Because Everyone LOVES Comment Ranting!”, where I defend unlikable characters and attack likable ones!
Disclaimer: Just because I defend a character, doesn’t mean I like them. I’m just doing this to see how well your arguments hold up under fire. So if I say, Ashfur was totally justified in everything he did, it’s not because I actually believe that, it’s because I want to see how well you all can disprove my arguments.
Today I’ll be defending Jessy and Spottedleaf and attack Leafpool.
Jessy: Jessy is a character frequently attacked for trying to steal Bramblestar from Squirrelflight, and generally being too overbearing and loud. But if you recall, at the time Jessy walked into the scene Bramblestar and Squirrelflight were not mates. They had made up after Squirrelflight lied to Bramblestar about the Three’s parentage, but they still had an uneasy relationship and hadn’t yet become mates again. So Jessy wasn’t exactly stealing Bramblestar from Squirrelflight, if Bramblestar and Squirrelflight were not mates. If two cats divorce and one finds another love interest, that’s just moving on. Jessy was, in fact, the cat who realized that what Bramblestar needed was not to move on, but to salvage his relationship with Squirrelflight, and encouraged him to do so. So I think it’s safe to say that Jessy was not stealing Bramblestar from Squirrelflight.
As for the argument that Jessy is too overbearing, that’s entirely subjective. One person’s loud and overbearing is another person’s likeably extroverted and another’s energetic and confident. It’s really just a matter of taste.
Spottedleaf: Spottedleaf is usually described as being a Mary Sue. If Spottedleaf is a Mary Sue, that can be explained by her relatively short book time. She was introduced in Into the Wild and died later in the book. Afterwards, she’s shown in short snippets in virtually every book, but only for a tiny period of time. She can come off as a Mary Sue, but only because she’s given zero time to develop.
Leafpool: Leafpool is hailed for being a kind, caring mother who did her best for her Clan and her loved ones. However, the people who promote this claim are overlooking some glaring details of Leafpool’s life. In fact, Leafpool has been shown to be irresponsible and unwise at times. Namely, when she abandoned her Clan to run away with Crowfeather, when she lied about her kits’ parentage, and when she covered up the details of Ashfur’s death.
When Leafpool left ThunderClan to run away with Crowfeather, she left a lot of loose ends behind. She didn’t say goodbye to her sister Squirrelflight, even though the two were supposedly inseparable. She didn’t make amends with Cinderpelt, leaving her mentor to panic over ThunderClan’s future and berate herself for hurting Leafpool. She didn’t warn anyone about her sudden departure at all, and as a result of her negligence many cats (namely Squirrelflight, Cinderpelt, and Brightheart) were left heartbroken, wondering where she’d gone and why she hadn’t said goodbye.
That trend of disregarding other cat’s feelings continued to the matter of her kits, when she begged Squirrelflight to betray her mate and Clan and take Jaykit, Lionkit, and Hollykit as her own. She could have found another solution, like pretending the kits were abandoned in the snow. She could have made up a lie- as the books show, Leafpool has no issues with lying where necessary. Instead, she pressured Squirrelflight into lying for her, and kept her secret from her own kits rather than admit her mistake in falling for a WindClan cat and take ownership of her kits. Firestar would not have exiled his own daughter. To Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf, it might have seemed like Leafpool was ashamed of them- that they were the result of a mistake, nothing more.
Finally, Leafpool lied again when she covered up Hollyleaf’s involvement in Ashfur’s death. She found Hollyleaf’s fur caught between Ashfur’s claws-clear evidence that Hollyleaf was Ashfur’s killer. The Clan was in disarray, with accusations flying around targeting Onestar, WindClan, Sol, and even cats in ThunderClan. Cats risked their lives on a wild goose chase to find Sol, and unnecessary tension erupted between ThunderClan and WindClan as a result of Leafpool and Hollyleaf’s silence. Leafpool did not come out with the evidence she had, choosing to allow the chaos and discord to continue destabilizing ThunderClan. Leafpool is certainly a likable character-I won’t deny that. However, just because a character is likable, doesn’t mean they’re in the right.
So what do you think? Can you disprove all of my arguments? How well have you considered your positions on these three cats? Please comment!