[a soft drawing of Onestar laying on his side]

Defending Onestar by Nightpaw

Nightpaw defends Onestar.

[a soft drawing of Onestar laying on his side]
Artwork by AlbinoWolf58
[a soft drawing of Onestar laying on his side]

Onestar has long been a controversial character with many people supporting and degrading him for his mistakes. However, being one of my favourite characters, I [Nightpaw/wish] have strong opinions about this topic and today choose to defend Onestar. Fandom members have long pointed out Onestar’s mistakes throughout his life along with the cats in the book–I think it’s time to secure and assert that Onestar did make mistakes, yet does not deserve the treatment from the Warriors fandom and is overall a cat worthy of his StarClan position.

Starting off, Onestar, when he was Onewhisker, frequently visited the Twolegplace and fell in love with a kittypet, Smoke. Though he soon cut off his connection with her, he was too late, and Smoke approached him sometime later and informed him that she was expecting his kits. The single kit that survived turned out to be Darktail, and the Clans were then attacked by Darktail who was seeking revenge for Onewhisker’s rejection. Onestar vowed to make up for his mistake and save the Clans; he gave his own life, drowning Darktail while also drowning himself.

Onestar’s actions drove multiple reactions throughout the fandom. Many insisted that Onestar should not have had kits with Smoke in the first place, and some even went as far as to say that Onestar deserved to be in the Dark Forest. Yet we can see near the end that Darktail had, “. . . True madness in those eyes. Madness that reflected the darkness in the rogue tom’s heart . . . There is nothing to be done for him. He cannot be saved now. If he ever could . . . Maybe my only purpose is to stop him” (Hunter 709). Every cat makes mistakes in the Warrior Cats series, and there have been many times where cats have broken the code to have kits with an outsider, whether it is from a different Clan or not in the Clans at all. We can see this example with Leafpool (with Crowfeather), Bluestar (with Oakheart), Silverstream (with Graystripe) and Cloudberry (with Ryewhisker). The only difference between these cats and Onestar is that the kits that these other cats had ended up becoming good cats. However, Onestar was struck with the misfortune of becoming the father of a kit evil from the start–a misfortune completely out of his control. Even though this was evidently not Onestar’s fault, he made amends for it in the end, sacrificing himself to save the Clans. This proves Onestar’s innocence and extreme loyalty as Darktail’s evilness has nothing to do with Onestar, yet Onestar still vows to make up for it and save his Clan.

Furthermore, Onestar showed compassion towards both Hawkfrost and Tallstar in the old forest. When Tallstar was dying, Onestar continued to support him even as Mudclaw, Tallstar’s deputy, abandoned him. Onestar was Tallstar’s protector during his last weeks, and even in his last moments as the only cats present during Tallstar’s death were Onestar himself and Firestar. The most important fact about this was that Onestar did not even expect to be repaid, and only acted with compassion. Unlike other evil cats, he did not cunningly suck up to Tallstar to become deputy. He was in fact surprised to become deputy and even doubted himself, essentially confirming that Onestar’s actions were rooted in loyalty. With Hawkfrost, additionally, who almost ended his life by conspiring with ambitious Mudclaw, Onestar forgave him, “I can’t blame you for having doubts, nor any of the other cats who supported Mudclaw. How can I, when I doubted myself? I forgive you freely, you and all the rest” (Hunter 378). Here, Onestar acknowledges his doubts, is honest with himself and Hawkfrost, stays calm, and forgives the cats that plotted his death, looking into their perspective. Rather than accepting clear facts in front of him, he digs deeper in order to figure out why these cats had acted the way they did and empathizes. A truly evil cat would have been furious to know that others had defied him and would probably gruesomely murder them.

Onestar. Is. A. Good. Cat. If Mudclaw is accepted into StarClan for acting for the Clan’s best, Onestar is right to have been accepted, too. He too only acted for the good of WindClan. Yes, he did make some mistakes that cost the lives of many warriors, but then again, it is not his fault that Darktail turned out to be so evil. It is also not evil to have kits with a cat you love. As many people in real life know, and maybe even some of you, love is not something containable. It can only be concealed.

Part of me thinks that is why Onestar’s Confession was such a sad story but proved what a hero Onestar was. He was a good cat forced to walk down the path of evil, but turned his back and walked back.

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16 comments

  • Sunflight || Sun Flying Across the Sky || Sunni, Sunno || She/They || Mentor to the Incredible Blackpaw! says:

    This is a great article! I also like Onestar, and he definitely deserved StarClan!

  • 🌊 Holzie 🌊 | 💫 Hollykit/stream, she/her 🦖 | 🌌 Holly That Grows By Stream 🌌 | 🐯 The ultimate Calvin and Hobbes fan! 🪐 says:

    Great article, but I disagree. I find Onestar annoying and I don’t like him. He was extremely unreasonable at times.

  • Incredible article!! I definitely agree, Onestar does deserve StarClan, and all his actions, like turning away from his friendship with Firestar, we’re all rooted in his belief he was doing the right thing for WindClan. I think Darktail wasn’t exactly born evil, but Smoke fed him stories about how horrible she thought Onetsar was and he probably grew up angry at Onestar because his mother clearly disliked him and most kits would follow their parents lead, and in Darktail’s case, Smoke was the only parent he had. As for hurting other cats as a kittypet/rogue in his earlier life, it must’ve come from all that anger inside him, and grief from losing Smoke as well, after she got hit by a monster. This would’ve probably make him place all the blame on Onestar, since he knew that Onestar had to,d her they’d be safer outside the Clans and he would want to seek revenge after that. I really enjoyed reading this!!! 😀 <3

  • 🌱 ✨ Palepaw/sprout ✨ 🌱 Squilf stan and Breezepelt defender💖I can’t think of anything else to put here says:

    Great article! You made some valid points, but here’s where I have to disagree.
    I guess it’s okay that he had kits with Smoke, but it’s NOT okay that he abandoned them. He at least could’ve invited them to Windclan. That’s something he could’ve done to prevent Darktail from spiraling out of control. Onestar not raising him probably was one of the main reasons why he became evil. Another thing that tips me off is Onestar being mates with his apprentice which really supports unhealthy relationships. Other than that, this was a really great article!

  • Great article! I agree that Onestar deserves StarClan. However, he’s definitely not one of my fav cats

  • Shadeleap (she/her) | Shades, Shade, Shadey | Shade lit up by Leaping Flames | Mentor to the amazing Sandbreeze! <33 | Running for SW! says:

    Great article!! I liked Onewhisker as a warrior, but Onestar was kind of obnoxious

  • Brackenpaw/tuft the T.M.N.T Fan - Donnie is the best!!!!!!!!!!!! She/Her (A.K.A. Lilypaw and Cricketpaw) says:

    Great article!!!

  • Flamepaw/spirit || Ospreysplash's awesome apprentice!! || She/her || Arson is life || Spirit of Flaming Arson in Newleaf Sun says:

    Great article! I agree; while Onestar does have his flaws, I still think he tried his best to be a good cat 😀

  • Great article!
    I believe Onestar always acted for the best of his clan, and I agree that it was not his fault when Darktail was driven insane. But he is definitely not my favorite cat, because he accuses ThunderClan for being “mixed”, despite what Thunder Clan has done for Wind Clan in the past. That was the only part that really bothered me. In all, I still believe he deserves StarClan.
    Again, great article!!

  • Oh ma gosh…. legit every article is a spoiler page lmao but IDCCCC KFCCC. But daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang.. thats the reason ppl hate him?! Wow, i didnt even know why. OFC he rejected Firestar’s help but dangggggggggg

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