Dovewing x Tigerheart Rant by Tigerdawn

Art by Kell-2K

Tigerdawn explains why they don’t like Dovewing x Tigerheart

Spoilers about Tiger Star’s Shadow and Omen of the Stars.

Can we just talk about how bad this ship is?
Honestly I think this is the worst ship in the Omen of the Stars series.
So, let’s start where it all began. When Dovewing found out that one of the rivers leading up into the lake was blocked. I also want to touch on the fact that this is the dumbest plot point ever. First of all, it is not very likely that there is just one river leading up to the lake. Second of all, beaver dams are common anywhere beavers live, and humans don’t have to mutilate their habitat everytime they want a lake to have water.
She and Tigerstar (Tigerheart at the time) started being out of clan friends. Of course, anyone who has ever read the books knows it was obvious that Dovewing had a crush on him.
I have no idea what happened after that except that she used her power to listen in on what he was doing in Shadow clan, basically being a low key stalker.
Next, they started meeting each other outside of gatherings.
After a short amount of time, Tigerheart used her to get catmint to cure the Shadowclan medicine cat of his sickness. At least we can assume that he is slightly loyal to his clan. Dovewing got really angry that this happened and sort of broke up with him. I believe at this point she was debating if she should just settle for Bumblestripe, which obviously never happened.
After a while I think they got back together, but they eventually realized they could never be a thing (how wrong they were).
After the great battle, their relationship continued on to a horribly insane book all about Tigerstar called Tigerstar’s Shadow. I almost read all of it, but I just gave up when they brought Tigerstar back to life. I honestly was hoping he would die already.
They began seeing each other again and Dovewing became pregnant. At this time, Tigerstar was already chosen as deputy as a result of favoritism (much like how Raggedstar chose Brokentail as deputy). Dovewing decided to run off to the city and if Tigerheart didn’t agree, she would leave by herself. Tigerheart ended up choosing to leave because Shadowclan was in ruins and everyone was leaving and going to Skyclan. I take back what I said, he is NOT loyal. But, for the plot to actually be interesting, he had to be late and Dovewing left without him.
I’m going to fast forward to when no one in Shadowclan protested about Tigerstar becoming leader even though he ran off with a Thunderclan she-cat. Tawnypelt would have been three times better! I still am so confused how he was given nine lives from Starclan to be leader (btw, at this time he already had kits with Dovewing) when Yellowfang was literally given the worst kit she could ever get.
That basically concludes my rant. What’s you opinion on the subject?

Fan Articles


  • I like Tigerstar and Dovewing! The drama was all a bit iffy, but once they both returned to ShadowClan, they were excellent parents and they visibly cared for each other. They were both so sweet to Shadowsight, and Dovewing is often shown to be the cat Tigerstar trusts the most. Nice article, though!

  • Wow, AWESOME article! 😀 The main thing I dislike about this ship is probably how Tigerheart immediately grabs Dovepaw’s information about ThunderClan’s stock of catmint, and tells his whole Clan about it. Not to mention it was him who suggested to kidnap her sister to blackmail ThunderClan!! So annoying!! And I agree with the rest of your points! This is really well written and I love it! <33333
    This article also gave me Déjà vu…your article is very similar to TheCrazyKitten's rant about them! It even has the same title. That's so cool 😀

  • Great article! I disagree, and I’m neutral on Tigerheart x Dovewing, though I will defend the relationship if I must. You do make a point on the beaver dams, however, though Warriors is a fictional series and apparently wants to create a drought for more drama. However, the area where you discuss Tigerheart is the area where I disagree. Tigerheart didn’t just leave ShadowClan for the sake of abandoning its ruins and chasing after Dovewing. He left ShadowClan because of a vision that Puddleshine, the medicine cat, had. Puddleshine continuously had visions about sun and shadows in his dreams. He said that when the sun was strong, the shadows were strong. The sun was later confirmed to be Rowanstar, and the shadows were ShadowClan. However, in one of his visions, Tigerheart’s dark shape was casting a shadow that blocked out the sun. Initially, Tigerheart never wanted to abandon his Clan, because he was afraid his Clanmates would consider him disloyal. However, after hearing about the visions, Tigerheart realized that ShadowClan could only regain their trust in Rowanstar if he left ShadowClan, which was what he did in the end. Later on, after Dovewing gave birth to his kits, Tigerheart led a small patrol (Berryheart, Slatefur, Cloverfoot, Sparrowtail, Sunkit, Hollowkit, Spirekit, Dovewing, Pouncekit, Lightkit, Shadowkit, himself) back to the lake territories, and Rowanstar died along the way. Since Tigerheart was technically still the deputy and returned to rebuild ShadowClan anyway, he received his nine lives and his new name of Tigerstar, while Dovewing joined ShadowClan to be with him. ~ Cloudy

  • I honestly like this ship and Tigerstar’s Super Ed. It’s super romantic, but they still have fights and stuff like that. Also, they have 3 SUPERCUTE children. I just kind of like it because they’re so passionate. Though I wish it was a bit more tragic or precarious, like Tigerheart feeling physical pain as Rowanstar dies, and then getting into a fight with Dovewing over whether they should go back immediately or not. And maybe one or two of their kits getting sick. But overall I think it was a great book and this was a good article.

    And yes, I agree that Dovewing was a mini stalker back then.

  • I mostly agree because I love both Tigerheartstar and Dovewing as characters, but I hate their relationship together. They’re both great but they’re just too different to have a healthy relationship, they should’ve broken up at the end of The Last Hope and stayed that way. The part that angers me the most is that Dovewing leaves ThunderClan- it’s insanely out of character! She’s so loyal and loving towards her Clan and kin, she’d never do that! It’s just as OOC as if Bluefur left ThunderClan to live in RiverClan with Oakheart- both make no sense! it ruined her character imo. In my headcanon they broke up amicably w/o hard feelings bc they just realized they weren’t good for each other and Shadowsight, Lightleap and Pouncestep are the kits of Tiger and a she-cat he met at the church and brought back to the Clan. I hate BumbleDove tho so in my headcanon Dove stays single