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  • Angst? What Angst??: Sandstorm is not shown mourning, or even being upset at all at, the death of Redtail, who Word of God claims was her father. The same with the death of Brendleface, who was apparently her mother. Possibly because Flip Flop of God is frequent when it comes to family trees.
  • Ass Pull: The deaths of Sagewhisker and Cedarstar in Yellowfang's Secret were very sudden and unexplained, and were only there to move the plot forward by making Yellowfang ShadowClan's medicine cat and Raggedpelt the leader.
  • Badass Decay: The Tribe of Rushing Water. When they first appear in Moonrise, the Cave-Guards are protrayed as large, muscular, capable bodyguards who are able to restrain the main characters. When they show up again in Outcast, the entire Tribe seems to lack knowledge of any basic fighting techniques, and are continually getting their asses kicked by a bunch of untrained rogues, who are able to kill several Tribe cats without suffering any casualties themselves.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Scourge is probably the worst, being a mass-murderer who wears the teeth of his victims as trophies and reinforces his claws with sharpened dog's teeth, and leads a massive gang of stray cats calling themselves BloodClan, who, as a group, also have a reputation for extreme violence. Scourge leaves his Clan's kits to fend for themselves; they either advance to the position of warriors, or die in the streets of starvation and predation. Scourge's viciousness is best demonstrated when uses his reinforced claws to injure Tigerstar, the original Big Bad, so terribly that he dies thrashing and gurgling in agony nine times in a row, all the while watching as if the moment was as mundane as grooming his fur. Scourge also ordered Barley's brothers to murder their own sister, Violet, in cold blood just because Barley and Violet were taking care of each other. Barley offered to take his sister's place, but Scourge thought that it would be more sadistic if Barley watched Violet die. Fortunately, Violet still lived, and both of them fled BloodClan.
    • Don't feel too bad for Tigerstar though. A power-hungry traitor who killed his Clan's previous deputy in the hopes of gaining his position, Tigerstar (then Tigerclaw) took his place and began plotting against his leader, Bluestar, planning to murder her as well. Driven out of his Clan when his treachery is exposed, he first leads a band of rogues who prey on all the Clans, before becoming chief of Shadowclan. Taking control of Riverclan, Tigerstar sets up a Naziesque regime, killing halfblood cats, running Windclan out of their home, and plotting to bring the entire forest under his domination. To that end, he invites Scourge into their territory in his worst and final mistake.
    • Brokenstar is the books' first big bad when, early on, it is shown he sends kits under 6 months old against full grown warriors, tries to kidnap kits from other Clans when his own all die from his harsh training, and forces a Clan out of their territory. When he is blinded by ThunderClan and given shelter as their prisoner, he still plots with Tigerclaw to kill Bluestar and take over the clan, even though the same clan protected him from WindClan and ShadowClan when they tried to kill him. His own mother, Yellowfang, eventually kills him for the safety of The Clan.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Sure, you can find fanfiction for Hollyleaf/Ashfur and Jayfeather/Brightheart, but special mention goes to the fact that not only were Hollyleaf/Sol and Hollyleaf/Blackstar shipped, they were popular.
      • Well, if you ignore the fact that they're ideologically opposed (something that Hollyleaf actually finds herself able to ignore at times), Hollyleaf/Sol does make sense. On the other hand, Hollyleaf/Ashfur, Leafpool/Hawkfrost, Jayfeather/Berrynose, and Sorreltail/Hawkfrost do not.
    • There's even about ten to fifteen people who avidly support ClawfacexSpottedleaf. Surely Clawface killed her out of love.
    • ScourgexSandstorm, usually for people who are SpottedleafxFirestar or CinderpeltxFirestar fans.
    • LionblazexPurdy and ThunderstarxBumblekit.
    • Ashfur/Scourge, aka Revengeshipping. Their sole interaction in canon was Ashfur making fun of Scourge one time.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Fire/Sand=Gingershipping, Bramble/Squirrel=Quarrelshipping, Jay/Stick=Woodenshipping, etc. Full list here.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Crookedstar. After the accident that twisted his jaw, his own mother practically disowned him (he was still a kit at the time), choosing to favor his brother Oakheart instead. Crookedstar goes on to lose the mother he wanted so desperately to earn the love of, his mate, two of his three kits, and eventually his third kit Silverstream (his mate and kits were sick and all but Silverstream died shortly after birth). Yet at the end, he was able to confront the cat that did all of this to him (Mapleshade) and truthfully tells her that he regrets nothing and is content with his life despite the overwhelming pain each death brought him. He knew he would see his loved ones again in StarClan and no matter what Mapleshade did, he would never allow her to bring him down like she wanted. He died a happy cat and, as the book Cats of the Clans mentioned, was one of the brightest and strongest leaders the Clans have ever seen.
    • Brambleclaw, Mothwing, and Tawnypelt for being the children of the series' Big Bad. Brambleclaw especially has had to endure harsh criticism and Firestar sees Tigerstar in Brambleclaw occasionally. His sister is also in another Clan and Squirrelflight never told him about Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, and Lionblaze not being his kits. Tawnypelt was told she was "just like Tigerstar" and left ThunderClan top be with her father. Mothwing is an atheist Medicine Cat who was chosen by Mudfur because of a sign that Hawkfrost planted. She's unable to teach her apprentice, Willowshine about StarClan because of this and until the end of Sunrise, is stuck doing whatever her brother tells her. Luckily, all three of these cats earn their happy ending.
    • The Three. That is to say, Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovewing, but the former two especially. Jayfeather is blind preventing him from being a warrior like he wanted and instead being a reluctant medicine cat, often sensing pity in his clanmates eyes whenever they look at him. Lionblaze is torn between loyalty to his Clan and his friendship with Heathertail and Ashfur teaches him incorrectly and never shows any kindness to him due to his foster parents. Both of them were lied to by the cat they thought was their mother and are nearly killed by Ashfur. Hollyleaf probably counts as a Jerkass Woobie or Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds because of killing Ashfur and going insane for awhile. As for Dovewing, she's forced to be loyal to her Clan when she has a forbidden relationship with Tigerheart and her sister is working with the Dark Forest.
    • Squirrelflight for losing her mate Brambleclaw until The Last Hope due to lying to protect her sister and being heavily despised by Leafpool's kits. It doesn't help that she has Ron the Death Eater status among Ashfur fans.
    • Yellowfang and Raggedstar. Yellowfang wanted to be a warrior like Jayfeather, but ended up becoming a medicine cat preventing her from being with her love, Raggedstar. She is constantly taunted by the resident alpha bitches Foxheart and Lizardstripe, and wants kits more than anything. She can feel the pain of other cats which helps with being a medicine cat. After she secretly has a stand with Raggedstar, all but one of her kits die. The kit that lives grows up to be a tyrant who kills his father. She is exiled from Shadow Clan by Brokenstar and is forced to live and nearly starve to death as a loner. She meets up with Firepaw and after a couple spats, the two become fast friends. Finally, Yellowfang finally has the opportunity and kills Brokenstar with deathberries, only to die herself in a fire. As for Raggedstar, he was constantly taunted for being a kittypet in his Clan and after Yellowfang became a medicine cat, he became depressed. He does get his own kit, but said kit turns out to be more sinister than he ever imagined.
      • Brokenstar easily getting Yellowfang's own mother to believe her kits were killed by Yellowfang.
    • Leafpool. First, she has to leave her love behind because of her medicine cat duties. She has kits, but she isn't able to parent them, or she will lose her position as medicine cat. Then, when the Three find out that she's their mother, they begin to hate her. Hollyleaf then reveals to the entire Gathering that she is their mother, which causes her to lose her place in the Clan as a medicine cat. After this, Hollyleaf tries to kill her with deathberries and after Leafpool stops her, she goes on a suicidal rampage and runs into the tunnels, supposedly killing her. Until The Last Hope, Lionblaze and Jayfeather despise her and try to avoid her, and she can't be a medicine cat, the job she'd been apprenticed for. And, during this whole time, she never complains about it, accepting it as Starclan's will.
    • Let's not forget Leafpool's father, and the protagonist of the original series: Firestar and his best friend Graystripe. These two are closer than most best friends to the point of being Heterosexual Life-Partners. Firestar was a former kittypet which many characters constantly remind him of that fact to the point of never living it down. He almost lost his daughters and his best friend in TNP, and only continues to go through hell. He gets so grief stricken he's just holding in the pain. Graystripe took a mate from another Clan and when she dies giving birth to his kits, he's depressed to the point of leaving ThunderClan to be with his kits. He's also captured by Twolegs and his daughter, Feathertail dies. Eventually, both of these cats earn their happy ending.
    • Tallstar is placed into this category during Tallstar's Revenge when it is revealed that his father either neglected him or forced him to be a tunneler instead of a moor runner like he wanted. Then his father outright disowns him after it's revealed he nearly drowned in the gorge tunnel. His mother lost her cheerfulness after his sister, Finchkit died, and then his father dies in a tunnel accident. He spends quite a bit of time blaming Sparrow for the death of his father, but it doesn't change the fact that his parents weren't exactly supportive of him. Instead, his mentor, Dawnstripe took on a mother role and comforted him through this difficult time. He's also constantly abused by Shrewclaw who never gets any repercussions for his actions and is blamed by him for his mother's death almost right before Sandgorse dies. Eventually he's given forgiveness allowing him to finally put all this behind him.
  • It Was His Sled: Everyone and their mothers know that Spottedleaf dies in Into the Wild. Given that Into the Wild is the very first book, and she shows up in later books as a Spirit Advisor, it's unavoidable.
    • Simply using the name Firestar is a big spoiler for the first arc. Admittedly, it's something of a Foregone Conclusion- he is The Chosen One, and Warriors is not known for its originality- but it means that simply going on forums will spoil it for new fans.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Scourge. Replace "Jerkass" with mass-murdering psychopath.
    • Ashfur, perhaps.
    • Breezepelt.
    • Crowfeather. His first mate, Feathertail died killing Sharptooth. And his second mate Leafpool, chose her Clan over him in the end. Although he's not a good father, he has gone through a bit and deserves some sympathy.
    • Hawkfrost counts as well. As bad as he is, you can't help but feel some sympathy for him especially when you think of how his father treats him. He was a pretty cute kitten too. Though some fans take it too far.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Lionblaze and Jayfeather.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Sol, Tigerstar, Scourge, Hawkfrost. Brokenstar as well in Yellowfang's Secret.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Everything that Tigerstar did or ordered, particularly at the Bonehill.
    • The deeds of Brokentail and especially Scourge belong here as well.
    • Sol kidnapping Leafstar's kits so he could rescue them to prove he was a warrior in After The Flood is the last straw for Leafstar.
    • How about that time when Breezepelt nearly kills Jayfeather and Poppyfrost, the latter of which pregnant and the former was a medicine cat.
    • Darkstripe feeding deathberries to Sorreltail, his own half-sister, when she was a kit to keep her quiet certainly counts.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. Dawnpelt will never forget Lionblaze killing Russetfur to save Firestar, or Jayfeather failing to save Flametail from drowning.
  • Ship Sinking: Firestar/Spottedleaf gets sunk not just once, but four times. The first is when Spottedleaf dies (in the very first book, no less). The second is when Firestar and Sandstorm get together, and the third is when Firestar tells Spottedleaf he can't be love with a memory and Spottedleaf accepts his love for Sandstorm. And as if that wasn't enough, it gets torpedoed again when Spottedleaf's spirit is killed by Mapleshade when protecting Sandstorm and Firestar loses his ninth life, thus rendering any chance of Spottedleaf and Firestar being Together in Death destroyed.
  • Stoic Woobie: Ashfur, for his fans.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Clawface was Graystripe's idol, who betrayed him by being unrepentingly evil. He also killed Spottedleaf, and he was the only character who ever made Firestar go into Unstoppable Rage (which he did twice). Also, he was Yellowfang's sister's mate and Nightstar's brother. Despite this, he's killed with little fanfare in Fire and Ice, wasn't mentioned by the heroes since, and didn't even do anything in the Dark Forest based storyline that was Omen of the Stars.
    • Brokenstar was essentially using child soldiers to make ShadowClan larger than the other Clans, and managed to drive out another Clan, a feat which has not been replicated by anyone in the series. Despite this, Tigerstar got much more focus than him in the book where he was supposed to be the Big Bad, and he never ended up feeling like a legitimate threat.
    • Jingo and her crew. A Clan-like group living in a Twolegplace and facing their own unique struggles while harbouring a grudge against Sol? Would be cool, except they haven't even been mentioned since their debut in Sunrise.
    • Hollowflight, a young RiverClan tom training in the Dark Forest because he got bullied was a fan favourite, but little was done with his character.
  • Too Cool to Live: Whitestorm.
  • Wangst
    • Both Dovepaw and Ivypaw. Dovepaw is constantly complaining about how she doesn't want to be special, and Ivypaw is always angry about how Dovepaw is "special" and not her. The latter is somewhat justifiable, though, especially since Ivypaw doesn't know about her sister's powers.
    • Ashfur to his haters. He actually spouts the line "You have no idea how much pain I'm in. It's like being cut open every day, bleeding onto the stones." over being dumped. Being dumped over a year ago.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The author has stated that the series isn't for kids, but for people of all ages. And what with the gore, implicit sexual content, and mature themes, she's right.
  • The Woobie: The series now has it's own page. Given the series' fondness of breaking every cutie it can find, Warriors is chock full of them. Leafpool, Cinderpelt, Brightheart, Ashfur (though heavily exaggerated by some of his fans), Scourge (though it doesn't excuse him for his acts of evil) and, depending on your view of her, Hollyleaf.
    • Briarlight, after she breaks her spine. It's even worse than when it happens to a human, since she has to drag herself by her forelegs across the camp just to get food due to there being, you know, no wheelchairs. And all she wanted to do is help her Clan clean up the camp. Someone give her a hug already.
    • Leafpool is possibly the queen of this trope, out of all the characters. She falls in love, but then they're forced to break up. After she has kits, she is not able to be a proper mother to them, instead being a nice aunt who has to watch them from the sidelines. Then her secret is revealed by Hollyleaf, and suddenly all of her kits hate her for not telling them she was their mother.
      • You forgot about Leafpool, after spending a few days at RiverClan to help Mothwing, feeling she's been replaced by Brightheart who helped Cinderpelt out while Leafpool is gone. On top of that, Squirrelflight's romantic issues makes her distant from Leafpool, when the two used to be extremely close. Those, along with her forbidden love for Crowfeather, are the prime reasons for her leaving the Clans with Crowfeather as she no longer feels needed in ThunderClan. This decision comes back to bite her when, in her absence, Leafpool's mentor and mother figure Cinderpelt dies after being attacked by a badger. Leafpool never lets herself live this down.
    • Antpelt seemed to be a decent cat for those training with Dark Forest. One must wonder how horribly must have been treated in WindClan and how sad his life must have been if he considered Dark Forest cats his friends, despite the abuse and cruel treatment he received there.
    • Dustpelt. Before Dawn ends, he has lost Hollykit, Larchkit, and Shrewpaw. And then The Last Hope happens and Ferncloud dies. Poor guy's gone through quite a bit.
    • Stormfur, like Crowfeather has lost his sister, Feathertail, his mother, his father, who was Put on a Bus and his mentor, Stonefur. In the end, he feels closer to the Tribe than the Clans. Which leads him into taking Brook as a mate and earning a bittersweet ending. Until he's driven out by Stoneteller, due to leading the Tribe to battle against the invaders, and lives in ThunderClan until he returns in Outcast, finally settling down with Brook and having kits.
    • Fallen Leaves. This is a cat who was sent down into a dark tunnel and ended up drowning. He then remained in the tunnels for years after his Tribe was long gone from the lake. And since Rock is usually never around, he's extremely lonely and practically cries out to Jayfeather not to leave him again. If this cat isn't prime Woobie material, then I don't know who is.
    • Speaking of Brightheart, let's talk about her. Imagine being attacked by a rabid dog and having half your face ripped right off. Then later down the road, imagine having the love of your life, the only one who truly 100% believed in you after the face mauling, spend more time with another woman than with you. Yes, Brightheart's had it rough.
    • Bluestar, anybody?Her father was never around, she watched her mother get murdered right before her eyes, Her sister fell in love with her rival Thistleclaw, and was later killed by a monster- again, right in front of her. Thistleclaw blamed her for this, then she fell for Oakheart of River Clan- and had his kits. But, to be leader and stop Thistleclaw from destroying the clan, she had to give them up, which caused one to die. After all this, she finally became leader, just for her clan to become severely weak and was finally betrayed by Tigerclaw- which was the final straw for her, and after that she went a little nuts and refused to trust anyone, not even Fireheart. She finally regained her sanity, though- just in time for her Heroic Sacrifice. Talk about having a rough life.

    Audience Reactions 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Every character is subjected to this in the fandom:
    • Firestar: courageous hero or a boring Marty Stu?
    • Is Spottedleaf a sweet and caring she-cat, a Mary Sue, or a creepy Stalker with a Crush to Firestar?
    • Ashfur: A genuinely likable Nice Guy who was just so broken that he snapped or a wangsty prick who had no right to get revenge on Squirrelflight over a breakup? To say that the fandom is split over which one he fits is a severe understatement (unless you think he can't be both).
    • Crowfeather feels that WindClan ostracizes him. Is that because of his failed attempt to elope with Leafpool - or because he's an abrasive Jerkass and neglectful father?
  • Base Breaker:
    • Ever since Long Shadows came out, everyone either seems to hate Ashfur's guts or adore him to death. Then there's the debate about whether kittypet discrimination is racism and whether Firestar is a lovable hero or a a washed out Gary Stu.
    • Dovewing. A whiny, bland Mary Sue who's shallow and annoying, or a flawed but ultimately compassionate and understandable character? You decide!
    • Hollyleaf too for being a Knight Templar and having an obsession with the Warrior Code. And she's hated among Ashfur fans for killing Ashfur.
    • Millie. Abusive, terrible Silverstream replacement, or compassionate heroine?
    • Mapleshade. One side sees her as an incredibly enjoyable psycho with a cool past. The other side sees her as a failed attempt at a creepy villain, who keeps getting shoehorned into the books. Then there's a third side that tries to whitewash her completely.
    • Cinderheart. Either she's a well-written character who's just as likable as her pre-incarnation, Cinderpelt, or a bitchy Mary Sue whose very existence as a reincarnation of Cinderpelt completely warps canon. There's little to no middle ground on this.
    • Nightcloud and Crowfeather. Generally, you love one and hate the other. There was a point in time on the official forums where every single topic featuring them resulted in a flame war.
  • Broken Base: Good grief, is it broken.
  • Canon Sue: There have been entire debates and essays over whether Firestar, Spottedleaf, Cinderheart, Feathertail, Half-Moon, Silverstream, or Lionblaze are this.
    • Leafpool and Dovewing are also subject to this.
  • Cargo Ship: JayfeatherxStick OTP.
    • Ship Sinking. Towards the end of The Fourth Apprentice, he breaks the stick. Nooooo!
    • This has to be the first time in history Ship Sinking has verified the pairing in question: Vicky says that Jay/Stick was romance; therefore, it had to be doomed.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: It is actually possible to skip the first series and start with the second series, but from the third series onward, it keeps getting less and less accessible to new readers.
  • Creator's Pet: Cinderpelt and Cinderheart have been accused of being this by their detractors.
    • Ashfur is also accused of being this after Vicky said he went to StarClan just because she didn't want him to go to the Dark Forest. The fact that the In-Universe justification for said occurrence is very weak doesn't help.
  • Die for Our Ship: Every forbidden love pairing has suffered more than it's fair share of hatred, for better or worse, considering it's, ya know, forbidden love. (Even though they usually always end badly.) Nightcloud, Daisy, and Millie tend to get the worst of the shipping-fueled hate from supporters of Crowfeather/Leafpool, Brightheart/Cloudtail, and Graystripe/Silverstream, respectively.
    • Cinderheart has been getting some of it more recently. The fans insist it isn't ship-related, but the way she went from being mostly ignored to being accused of being one of the worst characters ever created by people who ship alternative Lionblaze pairings right after the book that introduced the possibility of her and Lionblaze was released seems like too much of a coincidence.
    • Half-Moon gets her share of bashing and accusations of being a Canon Sue/Satellite Love Interest, namely from some shippers who pair Jayfeather with other cats such as Cinderheart, Briarlight, Willowshine, and Poppyfrost.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Some fans believe that Hawkfrost was doing the right thing when he tried to, you know, kill Firestar.
    • A sizable amount of Ashfur's fans like to paint him as an innocent victim and make Squirrelflight the bad guy. Other times, he may be portrayed as a lonely, broken cutie who only needed a nice, understanding she-cat to reach out to him, when he was really borderline mentally-ill and largely apathetic towards love after Squirrelflight rejected him.
    • Every villain to some degree among the fans that don't understand the concept of Gray and Grey Morality. Although (thankfully) some villains, like Hawkfrost and Tigerstar, have fans that like them because they are villains.
    • If Hollyleaf was a victim of cutie-breaking (as stated further up the page), she definitely counts.
    • Despite Erin Hunter saying very clearly in Rise of Scourge manga that Scourge's poor childhood doesn't give him any excuse for his actions, he gets this treatment a lot.
    • Thanks to Beyond The Code, Sol has been getting this treatment as well.
    • Due to her backstory in Crookedstar's Promise, Mapleshade has fans who claim that she is a good cat. This is despite how she flat out calls herself an irredeemable bitch.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Scourge. The amount of fan works related to him is completely out of proportion to the grand total of 1 out of 20+ main series books he's been featured in. His manga probably contributes to it.
    • Ashfur. No, not the Base Breaker to end all Base Breakers (so much that he provides the page image), Ashfur of ShadowClan. This one-off elder from Into the Wild is insanely popular among haters of a certain similarly named ThunderClanner because he gives them an excuse to troll Ashfur fans and is genuinely awesome (he's an elder who has had enough of Brokenstar and helps to kick his ass when he kidnaps ThunderClan kits).
    • Whitestorm, Brackenfur, Oakheart, etc....
    • Snowkit, oddly, especially since he wasn't important at all (for those that don't know, he was just a deaf kit in the first story who was stolen by a hawk, and did nothing for the plot but edge on Bluestar's madness). However, despite that he only has a few scenes, the amount of support and fanfiction (he often survives the hawk attack, through various means) is astonishing.
    • Mapleshade became incredibly popular before she even made an appearance.
    • Sorreltail, Mistystar, Antpelt and Snowtuft as well.
    • Purdy is one of the most popular cats, even without having the same, ahem, charm as other characters.
    • Despite showing up in very few scenes - not getting even a speaking role in his first appearance - Shredtail has achieved a surprising amount of popularity.
    • Primrosepaw from Mistystar's Omen, mostly due to her name.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: While shipping is divisive amongst Warriors fans, the one overwhelmingly-popular ship is Hawkfrost/Ivypool. It got so popular Vicky actually had to come out and say the two of them weren't in love, though it didn't stop the fans.
    • After they broke up, the outraged fandom demanded that Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight get back together. They eventually did, making this a weird case of Fan-Preferred Couple and Official Couple.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Hollyleaf/Sol has its share of fans, despite (or because of) the two being enemies.
    • So does Hawkfrost/Ivypool. It's understandable: he shows up in her dreams, trains her, compliments her (and only her), she confides in him, says her made her feel special...you can almost forget that he's out to corrupt her and kill her Clan.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: This quote becomes one after Longtail's death.
    Jaypaw: "Oh great. Let's lump all the useless cats together and hope a tree falls on them!"
  • Ghost Shipping: Since StarClan and Dark Forest cats are able to still interact with living characters, this crops up a lot in the fandom. Some obvious cases are Firestar/Spottedleaf, Ivypool/Hawkfrost, and Jayfeather/Brightspirit.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Before going for their walk, Bluefur tells Snowfur to stop worrying about Whitekit, because it's not the last time she'll ever see him. Unfortunately, Bluefur was wrong.
    • Yellowfang being accused of killing Brightflower's kits is even crueler when we read the prequel and find out that Brightflower is Yellowfang's own mother...and both her parents believed she had killed their younger litter.
  • He's Just Hiding:
    • Many fans believed that Snowkit did survive being caught by a hawk.
    • Hollyleaf, after she went to the tunnels. Confirmed to be alive.
    • Graystripe is an interesting case. From the perspective of the characters, it seemed almost certain that Graystripe was dead or was going to die. The readers, on the other hand, know that it's highly unlikely that Twolegs would kill an innocent cat intentionally, so it was pretty clear that Graystripe was alive, even if he might never return.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The prologue of Into The Wild has one with Spottedleaf talking about Mousefur being young and strong. It was a perfectly straight comment at the time, but with Mousefur eventually becoming the elderest of elders, it becomes hilarious.
  • Ho Yay: Firestar and Graystripe, Firestar and Whitestorm, Darkstripe and Tigerstar, Ravenpaw and Barley, Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw, Birchfall and Berrynose, Blackstar and every single leader he's been a deputy under plus Sol, Sol and Purdy... Let's just stop now and say a lot, to the point that it now has its own sub-page.
  • Misaimed Fandom: To name a few examples: The people who think pure blooded warriors are superior to other cats, regardless of upbringing; The people who think Scourge's Freudian Excuse makes him not evil, regardless of the fact that Word of God says that no one is purely evil or purely good, and that the author's note at the beginning of book that contains his backstory says that his harsh past doesn't make up for his atrocious actions, etc.
  • Memetic Badass: Mousewhisker on Vicky's Facebook page. They have even started making Mousewhisker Facts.
    • Also Mapleshade.
    • Purdy.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Essentially everything in the So Bad, It's Good fanfic Starkits Prophecy has reached meme status within the fandom. Particularly notable are the following:
    • I must take... the challenge! explanation 
    • Mapleshade eats cats! explanation 
    • Firestar doesn't like waffles! explanation 
    • Scourge: "I'm not tiny, I'm fun-sized!!!"
    • Sol is trollin'. explanation 
    • Warriors: Power of Tree Explanation 
    • Horrifying Graystripe, in some parts of the fandom. It even has its own fanart and tumblr. explanation 
    • Tigerstar's sunglasses. Explanation 
  • Memetic Sex God: Somehow, Hawkfrost has turned into this, at least in certain parts of the fandom.
    • Well, there are many factors contributing to this. Such as the Evil Is Sexy trope, his personality, and how every fight Hawkfrost has been in involves him pinning his opponent to the ground and staying on top of them for a while.
      • Before its name was changed due to it being too offensive, Hawk/Sorrel was called Rapeshipping, purely because the evidence for it consisted of Hawkfrost pinning her to the ground and being overly aggressive with her.
  • Narm:
    • Despite being a series with many spine-chilling moments, some can lapse into this, notable examples including the Dark Forest's chant of "Death to the Clans!" in The Last Hope. Bluepaw's Big "NO!" in "Bluestar's Prophecy" also counts.
    • For some fans, the scene of Cinderheart regaining her memories as Cinderpelt is this.
    • The manga at the end of Tallstar's Revenge. Sure, it's heartwarming to see Tallstar reunited with his best friend. But the creepy way that said best friend is drawn makes it seem less like a touching reunion and more like a crazy psychopath just showed up and offered Tallstar some obviously drugged candy or something.
  • The Producer Thinks of Everything
  • Replacement Scrappy: Oh so many, mostly for shipping related reasons:
    • Cinderheart to Cinderpelt.
    • Millie to Silverstream.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Ivypool In Night Whispers.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Squirrelflight among certain fans, is portrayed to be leading along Ashfur to purposely break his heart and ultimately was 100% responsible for Ashfur's Face-Heel Turn near the end of TNP. If she's not outright mutilated, Ashfur becomes a victim and she becomes an evil heartless she-cat. All this despite the Word of God that Squirrelflight was not intentionally leading him on.
    • Hawkheart of WindClan gets this treatment as well. His first (and for a long time, only) appearance in the series was his killing of Moonflower, the mother of Bluestar. Moonflower was a kind and loving cat, not to mention our main character's mother, so many fans decided he was evil and probably resided in the Place of No Stars. In fact, he was just a cat defending his Clan from an invasion.
  • Sacred Cow: The first series generally gets this treatment, but especially The Darkest Hour, which the majority of the fanbase cites as the best Warriors book of all time.
  • The Scrappy:
  • Self-Fanservice: When making a Human!AU for the series, it's far from uncommon for fanartists to make the characters look more attractive in human form than they're described as looking in their cat forms in the books. Male characters, such as Lionblaze and Jayfeather, are almost always made into bishonen.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Hollyleaf's Story was a victim of this for several reasons. For one, being e-book exclusive meant that people who bought the paper versions were out of luck. Another reason is that novellas are often available for free online, yet this still cost money. And that's not even going into the people who are on the hatred side of the base Hollyleaf broke. Harper Collins didn't seem to take the hint, as a second e-book exclusive novella is coming out in October 2012.
    • Luckily, the e-books are going to be released together as a paperback book in Summer of 2013.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The success of Warriors is the reason why Seekers, the Erin Hunter team's other series, never gets any recognition.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Most characters try to avoid Purdy because of his long-winded stories and senile ramblings. Fans love him for the same reason.


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