The MAP loosely follows the plot of Lemon Demon's song "Cabinet Man". After Spottedleaf's death, she isn't satisfied with her (after)life. She begins manipulating the living cats, turning them against each other while blackmailing Mapleshade to do her dirty work. It works well... for a few years. Eventually, it all comes rolling down on Spottedleaf and she's killed - this time for good - in revenge.
This animation provides examples of:
- Adaptational Villainy: Spottedleaf may have been sweet in life, but she becomes evil after dying.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Firestar and Squirrelflight are red-and-white rather than red.
- Alternate Universe Fic: Spottedleaf is evil and is behind much of the unfortunate events in the series.
- Covered with Scars: By the end of the animation, Hollyleaf is covered in raw, red scars.
- Crying Critters: The characters are cats who can cry.
- Foil: Mapleshade and Spottedleaf are both murderous tortie females, though their circumstances and reasonings are different.
- Hostage Situation: Spottedleaf gets Mapleshade to work with her by threatening her kits.
- Ironic Echo: The chorus is mainly used by Spottedleaf in a mocking tone. The MAP ends with Mapleshade "singing" the chorus back to Spottedleaf as she enacts revenge. This also echoes an earlier scene where Mapleshade repeated the chorus song at Spottedleaf.
- Oh, Crap!: This is the face Spottedleaf makes when she comes face-to-face with Mapleshade in the Dark Forest.
- Retraux: The MAP has a 1980s/1990s video game and VHS theme.
- Tuft of Head Fur: Spottedleaf has a tuft of red fur. Most artists drew it as Peek-a-Bangs but LuckyMongrel downplayed it as a small tuft.
- Yandere: Spottedleaf's behavior is in part caused by her love for Firestar. She can't stand to see him with her niece Sandstorm.
- Sibling Murder: Redtail is amongst the cats who attack Spottedleaf at the end of the video. This is because his sister betrayed him earlier on.
- Villain Song: The MAP turns "Cabinet Man" into one for Spottedleaf.
- Would Hurt a Child: Spottedleaf threatens to hurt Mapleshade's daughter if she doesn't work with her. Because they're all dead, this mean that she'd die for certain.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Double subverted. Spottedleaf has yellow eyes. In life they meant nothing, but in death they start being played straight.