Personalities and Consistency in Warrior Cats by Wildfrost

Wildfrost takes a look at how personalities and consistency are treated in the series.

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Most cats in Warrior Cats don’t have personalities. Or consistant ones anyways. Now, when I say consistency, I don’t mean a character who never develops. I mean a character who doesn’t suddenly change personalities and goals. In this article, I will be explaining why Warrior Cats needs more consistent personalities. I hope you enjoy!

So, what does consistency even mean? Well, let’s provide an example of a consistent and non-consistent character. An example of a consistent character would be Brackenfur. And that’s probably because he didn’t have much personality to begin with… anyways, Brackenfur was, from the start a nice, kind, caring, brave individual who was loyal to his Clan. An example of an inconsistent character would be Onestar. Now, I’m pretty sure it’s a recurring joke that Onewhisker and Onestar are completely different but seriously. Onewhisker was a kind, caring, friendly tom. OneSTAR on the other hand, was constantly accusing cats, starting battles, and even letting many ShadowClan cats get sick with yellowcough which helped Darktail take over ShadowClan
To back up my analysis, here are some quotes from the books:
Onewhisker quote: “Onewhisker touched Firestar’s nose with his own ‘You would have died for us,’ he murmured, ‘WindClan will never forget that.'” – Fire and Ice, page 66.
Onestar quote: “‘ShadowClan allowed them to stay near their territory.'” His mew rose to an angry yowl. ‘They paid for this foolishness by losing some of their best apprentices. When the so-called ‘special’ kit returned, they took her back in, and now she lives among them—giving who knows what information to her rogue friends! They are weak and foolish! They deserve no help. They don’t even deserve the name of Clan cats. They are no more than rogues themselves. Let them keep Twigpaw. Let them die of sickness. I will not be tricked or bullied into helping them. They deserve everything StarClan has brought upon them.'” – Thunder and Shadow, page 323.
Yep… that’s a pretty big difference.
Again, inconsistency does NOT equal character development. As an example, let’s compare two characters, Clear Sky and Mistystar. Clear Sky’s character change makes sense. He was driven by grief and fear of losing his loved ones that he did the things he did. It’s directly stated in the text. And while is IS rather rushed, the books provide a reason for what happened. After the First Battle, Clear Sky realized what he had done and that’s why he stopped being so obsessed about borders. Clear Sky feared loss after Fluttering Bird and Bright Stream died and that’s why he feared his camp would starve as well. But when he was fighting Gray Wing and when he was talking to Storm; he realized he’d taken it too far and changed for the better. Of course, Moth Flight’s Vision completely forgot about his character development but before Moth Flight’s Vision, he was a good character.
Mistystar, on the other hand, completely changed in the Broken Code. Mistystar was originally a fierce and loyal warrior who, though loyal to her Clan, was never hostile to the other Clans or obsessed with the Warrior Code. Mistystar in the Broken Code, on the other hand was kicking out half-clan cats simply because they were born half-clan. And the narrative gives us a reason, sure, that she was manipulated by the imposter. But first of all, the old Mistystar would never have done that, and second of all, even after Mistystar realizes it was not Bramblestar, she still keeps Icewing and Hareflight banished. And Mistystar herself is half-clan. She knows, better than anyone how your birth does not define you. She’s seen her own brother, and nearly herself, killed because of this. And yet she still chooses to banish Icewing and Hareflight. The books do not give us any reason that actually makes sense for why Mistystar acts this way.

It’s not only Mistystar and Onestar who’s inconsistent. There are so, so, so many more characters such as Mothwing, Finleap, Bristlefrost, Breezepelt, Bramblestar, Rowanstar, Tigerstar, Hollyleaf, Sparkpelt Millie, Twigbranch, even Squirrelflight in the latest book, and much, much more.

Obviously, examples would help back up my claim so I’ll use Breezepelt as an example.
Breezepelt was a… not-so-nice cat. He was bitter at the fact that his father, Crowfeather, didn’t pay much attention to him. He literally threatens to kill Lionblaze and his siblings and tell them they deserve to die simply because of how they were born. He tells Lionblaze and Jayfeather that their sister deserved to die. Breezepelt is obviously a villan. Then, in Crowfeather’s Trial, all of a sudden he’s a good cat. There is nothing in the text to show that Breezepelt regretted what he did. All of a sudden, Crowfeather is supposed to trust him!

The only characters who aren’t inconsistent are either:
Characters with little or no personality
Characters who are given only a book or so of spotlight
Characters who have generic personalities
Some villans
There are some exceptions such as Alderheart, Sandstorm and Jayfeather but that’s basically it. A few characters out of thousands of characters are the only ones with personalities that are consistent.
Even characters with generic personalities are still somehow inconsistent. Take Lionblaze as an example. He has an extremely generic personality, brave, loyal, reckless sometimes. But he was never this aggressive. Lionblaze was usually a levelheaded tom. For example, when Lionblaze killed Russetfur, he felt extreme guilt and regret. But in the Broken Code, he literally says that he wished he’d killed Shadowsight, a medicine cat! Now, you might say that’s because he thought Shadowsight was responsible for the whole imposter drama but Russetfur was in the middle of attacking Firestar and Firestar even lost a life.

One of the most irritating things about inconsistency in Warriors is that basically every character who goes to StarClan loses their personality, and gets the typical StarClan personality. And you might wonder what the “typical StarClan personality” is. The typical StarClan personality is the “I’ll just give a completely cryptic prophecy and hope everyone understands it because I sure don’t!”
And I’m not exaggerating when I say basically everyone. The only ones who weren’t were: Silverstream (because she was already annoying to begin with /hj) random background characters who have no personality, and… that’s pretty much it. One of the worst examples is Bluestar.
Bluestar is awesome, she’s wise, loyal, brave and goes through so much but comes out strong. But in StarClan… well, she’s just plain unhelpful.

So why is this such a big problem? Because it ruins characters purely for the sake of the plot. Like Bristlefrost. She was one of my favourite characters in the first three books of the broken Code. She was fierce, passionate, and a strong character who made mistakes, but made up to it in the end. But, then, towards the end of Veil of the Shadows, she’s suddenly in love with Rootspring? Where did that come out of? Anyways, then Darkness Within came out and all of a sudden, all she did was think about Rootspring. It was so, so, so annoying! What happened to the old Bristlefrost? And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with forbidden romances, I love them, but I’m NOT okay with forbidden relationships when they ruin a character!

Inconsistency is a big problem in Warrior Cats. I hope you enjoyed this article! Thanks for reading!

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