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  • Abandon Shipping: Bramblestar/Squirrelflight, which was once very popular, has since fallen out of favor with fans in recent years due to their lack of proper communication, relationship drama, and Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome.
    • Twigbranch/Finleap, which was once considered as one of the best parts in an incredibly divisive and panned arc, was not as well-liked in The Raging Storm, where Finleap became a huge asshole who tried to pressure Twigbranch into starting a family. Granted, he apologized and they reconciled, but the damage had already been done.
  • Adorkable:
    • Brambleclaw is an obvious example (especially as an apprentice) being a ridiculously Keet Naïve Newcomer who's very energetic and eager to go on The Great Journey. This carries on to his days as ThunderClan's leader when he seems very energetic even though he's one of the oldest cats in the Clan.
    • Bumblestripe and his father, Graystripe could count as well. Both being genuinely Nice Guys who are best friends (and in Bumblestripe's case at one point dating) the protagonists of their specific series. Both enjoy food and are a bit goofy and clumsy.
  • 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 Brindleface, who was apparently her mother. Possibly because Flip-Flop of God is frequent when it comes to family trees.
    • Despite being born and raised a kittypet until he was at least six moons, and regularly sleeping in the crooks of their knees, Firestar didn't seem to be remotely attached to his twolegs. He didn't even think of them when he ran off to join ThunderClan, besides the fact they'd get a Replacement Goldfish quickly (which they did).
  • Arc Fatigue: The "Three" arc. Partly because they couldn't decide on what power Hollyleaf would have by the time they were halfway through the six-book Power of Three series, and then Vicky finally got the idea that maybe Hollyleaf isn't actually one of the Three, and the story arc got dragged on to fill the fourth series, Omen of the Stars, as well. The purpose of the Three is that they all have special powers that will help them defeat the Dark Forest when they invade the Clans; this wasn't even hinted at until partway through Omen of the Stars. Instead, the two series were mostly filled with short filler conflicts, and there was no real villain throughout all of Power of Three.
  • Archive Binge: Warriors is a fun binge. There's six full arcs which each have six books and a seventh one in progress, and that's the bare bones experience. You also have a bunch of extra-long standalone "super editions", books explaining history and characters, several series of OEL manga, and at least a dozen novellas. Your wallet will never be this thick again if you decide to read, unless you happen to have a very good library. Have fun!
  • Archive Panic: Warriors will have at least 42 books in the main series, 13 super editions, 14 manga, 7 guidebooks, and 18 novellas. And counting.
  • 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.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Vicky's comment (made outside of the books) that Ravenpaw would be going to StarClan while Barley would not wasn't well received by fans, who'd watched the pair grow from a fluffy young Ambiguously Gay couple to a cozy old gay couple. Come Ravenpaw's Farewell, Ravenpaw politely turns down StarClan's offer to join them on the grounds that it would mean leaving Barley behind, and is reassured that there will be a place waiting for the both of them.
    • Fans were initially uncertain of the novellas written by Clarissa Hutton: Thunderstar's Echo was okay, while the three in Path of a Warrior (Redtail's Debt, Tawnypelt's Clan, Shadowstar's Life) were considered fairly bland and contained errors, particularly forgetting a major plot point from the first series. The next ones she wrote in A Warrior's Spirit (Tree's Roots and Mothwing's Secret) reassured fans, as both were very well received; Mothwing's Secret in particular made beautiful use of Continuity Nods.
  • 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.
  • Common Knowledge: It's well-known that Ferncloud has had the most number of kits of the series, hence her Fan Nickname "Kit Machine". That honor, however, goes to Snowbird of ShadowClan, who has nine kits, two more than Ferncloud did. note 
  • Complete Monster: This duo from The Prophecies Begin:
    • Brokenstar is established as the books' first Big Bad when, early on, it is shown that 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.
    • The final villain of the original series, Scourge, proves to be even worse than Tigerstar/Tigerclaw. A former kittypet-turned-rogue leading a gang of stray cats calling themselves "BloodClan," Scourge decorates his collar with the teeth of those he's killed and reinforces his claws with the claws of dogs, promoting a survival-of-the-fittest philosophy within BloodClan's ranks and leaving any cats who can't fend for themselves—kits included—to die. Tigerstar invites BloodClan into the territory of the forest in the interest of an alliance; Scourge is quick to backstab Tigerstar by cutting him open, calmly watching him bleed out and die an agonizing death nine times in a row. Scourge declares the forest his and attempts to drive out the other Clans under the threat of total war, and ultimately leads BloodClan into battle against the other Clans with the intent to wipe everyone else out and take complete control of the forest. In Secrets of the Clans, Scourge orders Barley's brothers to murder Violet in cold blood, denying Barley a chance to take his sister's place due to his desire for a more sadistic punishment. Scourge's diminutive stature belied a murderous feline interested solely in power.
  • Crack Pairing: Lots, as to be expected of a series with a massive number of background characters just ripe for shipping material.
    • Sure, you can find fanfiction for Hollyleaf/Ashfur, Jayfeather/Berrynose and Jayfeather/Brightheart, but special mention goes to the fact that not only were Hollyleaf/Sol and Hollyleaf/Blackstar shipped, they were popular.
    • Hawkfrost/Ashfur, Hawkfrost/Leafpool, Hawkfrost/Sorreltail, and Hawkfrost/Feathertail.
    • 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.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The prequel Super Editions seem to have no plot other than a series of bad things happening to whoever is the protagonist. The pattern of Bluestar, Tallstar, and Crookedstar all having either dead or abusive parents and going through tragedy after tragedy got so predictable as to be funny.
  • Hard-to-Adapt Work: A Warriors film has been greenlit, however a film adaptation has previously been in Development Hell for this reason. The series has over two dozen books and over a thousand named characters. This alone makes it difficult to produce a self-contained film based off of even the first arc due to its length and the number of characters. However, the major issue is that the series is about feral cat colonies. With its crap ton of Family-Unfriendly Violence and Family Unfriendly Deaths (with the first book more-or-less beginning with a cat being murdered), it's impossible to get a kid's film out of the series but it's unlikely the film would appeal to the mainstream teenage demographic. Warriors already had adaptations in the case of Comic Book Adaptations, but they have heavily toned down compared to the books and go for the Bloodless Carnage route.
  • Informed Wrongness: Moth Flight as of Moth Flight's Vision. She's the reason medicine cats are forbidden from taking mates or having kits on the grounds that she believed herself incapable of dividing herself between her kits and her duties. The problem is, nothing catastrophic ever happens because of this...she's simply stressed, her kits miss her, and one gets in an accident that could have easily happened to anyone's kit. Rather than chalking this all up as a natural consequence of her mate having perished, or even questioning whether having one single doctor constantly on call is a good thing, Moth Flight and the narrative agree that her having children was a mistake — and furthermore, that no medicine cat ever should.
  • 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 to 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 and gets her own mother to believe she killed her siblings. She is exiled from ShadowClan 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.
    • 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:
    • Ashfur, perhaps. His mother is murdered by Tigerstar, whose son (who looks exactly like him, no less) hooks up with Ashfur's crush. You can't blame him for feeling upset about that. But trying to murder his crush's children and father, then ruin her life, is going way too far.
    • Breezepelt is the prickly WindClan warrior son of Crowfeather and Nightcloud in a loveless marriage, born out of despair for Leafpool rejecting Crowfeather. He is constantly asking for his father's approval but rarely (if ever) gets it. As described in The Power of Three, his jealousy of Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf's easy life (for a while) led him to become the Rival Turned Evil. Even to the point where when he does get redeemed in the end, very few characters accept him, and even the protagonists think he got off too lightly for essentially abandoning WindClan for power. In spite of this, he Used to Be a Sweet Kid and eventually comes around. He's a difficult cat to get along with, but on the inside, he's a great father to his kittens born after Series 4 and genuinely wants to keep WindClan strong.
    • 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. As bad as he is, you can't help but feel some sympathy for him—his father treats him poorly and Word of God is that he has abandonment issues because of his mother leaving him at an early age. He was a pretty cute kitten too. Though some fans take it too far.
    • Rowanstar. In spite of not being the nicest cat and deciding to separate Twigbranch and Violetshine from each other, the sixth arc gives him a lot of grief. He tries his best to make ShadowClan good, but he gets grief from plenty of cats (mainly Needletail and Sleekwhisker) for supposedly being weak. For family matters: his daughter Dawnpelt dies trying to get away from Darktail, his grandchildren rebel against ShadowClan and act disrespectful at first, his living son and deputy runs away from the Clan to be with Dovewing, and his villainous granddaughter ends up killing him. And before all that, his son Flametail drowns in the icy lake.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Lionblaze and Jayfeather.
  • 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.
    • How about Ashfur betraying his own Clan, trying to have his leader killed and attempting to murder three innocent cats because Squirrelflight broke up with him?
    • Darktail, almost all the deeds he's done as the Disc-One Final Boss of Arc 6 and a rogue leader could qualify. To wit, he was raised by his mother to hate the Clans, viciously killed and maimed multiple characters be they Base Breakers or not, including Onestar who admits to fathering him, Needletail who tried to save Violetshine from him, Rain, Needletail's mate who tried to rebel against him, and Dawnpelt, who tried to leave. And the list goes on.
    • There's also his successor, Sleekwhisker, whose crossing was serving The Mole for the rogues and killed her grandfather.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • No cat ever lets Crowfeather and Leafpool forget that they ran off to be mates with a cat from another Clan - especially after it comes to light that Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf are their kits.
    • In-Universe. Dawnpelt will never forget Lionblaze killing Russetfur to save Firestar, or Jayfeather failing to save Flametail from drowning.
    • Redtail's Debt will forever be known for its Series Continuity Error of Redtail killing Oakheart despite it being established in the early books that Oakheart was killed by a rockslide.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The novella Spottedleaf's Heart will forever be remembered for Thisleclaw sexually grooming Spottedleaf and how it completely derails both characters.
  • 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.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Some cross-clan relationships come across this way.
    • Bluestar/Oakheart is hard to swallow while reading Bluestar's Prophecy, as the two hardly exchange any words up until the scene in which Oakheart begs to meet Bluestar at Fourtrees, which marks the climax of their relationship. Up until this point, Bluestar hates him, which is meant to be read as Belligerent Sexual Tension, but it's based on almost nothing. Later on, Bluestar and Oakheart are painted as being Star-Crossed Lovers more than anything else, despite their relationship lasting around the length of one night.
    • Leafpool/Crowfeather doesn't have much buildup either. They just suddenly jump from 'acquaintances' to 'in love'. Especially disappointing when contrasted with the more believable growth of Crowfeather's relationship with Feathertail.
    • Jayfeather and Half Moon. She doesn't even know who he is. He's a time-traveler who is posing as a cat Half Moon knew long before Jayfeather replaced him due to some time-travel shenanigans. The two spend little time together and Half Moon never learns his true identity.
    • Thunderstar doesn't even need to meet Violet Dawn in order to fall in love with her, apparently. He just sees her, notices she's beautiful, and decides he loves her. She seems to love him back immediately.
    • Bristlefrost and Rootspring in Veil of Shadows when they confess their feelings for each other. While Rootspring has had a crush on Bristlefrost for the past three books, it didn't make much sense when Bristlefrost said that she loved him back, considering that Bristlefrost spent a good chunk of Lost Stars pining over Stemleaf and didn't even notice Rootspring's crush on her that much.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Clawface was Graystripe's idol, who betrayed him by being unrepentantly 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.
    • All the pivotal characters in Mapleshade's Vengeance, except for Mapleshade herself: Ravenwing, her medicine cat who revealed her and Appledusk's secret relationship to her Clan, Oakstar, her leader who kicked her out of ThunderClan as a result of Ravenwing's actions; Frecklewish, who she holds responsible for the deaths of her kits; Appledusk, who broke her heart by taking a new mate; Reedshine, who became Appledusk's second mate and was widowed when Mapleshade murdered him; Mapleshade's own three kits, whose deaths motivated her to take revenge in the first place. Presumably, they still exist as spirits in StarClan, but they never appear in person during Omen of the Stars, meaning that Mapleshade never gets a chance to interact with them, which could have opened up any number of possibilities for her character. Would she try to take revenge on the cats who wronged her in life by killing them again? What would her reaction be to seeing her lost kits again after so long? How do her enemies/victims feel about the role they played in her path to the Dark Forest? How does Appledusk feel about Mapleshade trying to take revenge on his descendants? None of these questions were explored or answered, and now that Omen of the Stars is over, they likely never will be.
    • Hawkfrost's backstory gave him a lot of potential as either a villain or a hero. He's established early as wanting to serve his Clan well, but tending to take it too far—this could have warped into a Knight Templar attitude over time, or tempered down. He could have been shown to hate Tigerstar for betraying his Clan, or Tigerstar could have been shown to be taking advantage of his Word of God abandonment issues to groom his as a successor. Some even think that Leafpool and Squirrelflight's suspicion of him should have been a Red Herring and that Mothwing was the evil one all along, which would have tied into the message of not judging Tigerstar's kin by appearance. But at the end of the day, his motives for turning evil are just that he's power-hungry.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: After the events of The Last Hope, Breezepelt, despite fighting on the side of the Dark Forest, is back in WindClan with a mate and kits. Why has WindClan taken him back? How did he go from wanting to destroy it to settling down? How does he feel about Heathertail and their kits? Is he going to be a better father than his father? Kate said she wanted him redeemed, but we haven't seen anything about it, and a lot of fans think he should be getting some kind of novella or Special Edition. Crowfeather's Trial answers some of these questions by showing his redemption, but there are still some who think it should have been from Breezepelt's perspective, not his father's.
  • Too Cool to Live: Whitestorm. A Cool Old Guy Reasonable Authority Figure who constantly helped Firestar, was the one cat Bluestar never doubted during her paranoia phase, and had more than his fair share of awesome moments? Sadly he's killed in The Darkest Hour, but fans still remember him fondly.
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  • 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 the sweet, kind, medicine cat of ThunderClan and has a pure heart. First, she finds out her beloved sister is going on a long journey, then she gets trapped trying to save her Clanmates from construction workers who are tearing down her beloved home. After her best friend's mentor dies Leafpool is forced to be strong for her. Then, when they arrive in their new home, Leafpool has a forbidden relationship due to a vow of celibacy with a WindClan warrior named Crowfeather and after a one-night stand with him, she finds out badgers are attacking her camp. Forced to leave the one cat she truly loved, Leafpool watches in sorrow as her mentor Cinderpelt, dies protecting the nursery. And, prior to the events of The Power of Three she gives birth to three kittens and cannot keep them, due to said celibacy vow. So, after her kits Hollyleaf, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze find out from the cat they thought was their mother that they weren't hers, Hollyleaf begins to snap. After killing Ashfur, and Leafpool finding out of this, Hollyleaf confronts her mother, ends up finding they were halfClan and hers, Hollyleaf becomes the true Big Bad of the arc and tries to kill her mother with the deadly poisonous deathberries. After Leafpool admits she's suicidal and steps down from her position, Hollyleaf gets herself trapped in the tunnels below their territory only to die for real in the battle against the Dark Forest in the fourth series finale. In the fourth series, her remaining sons resent her for what she and Squirrelflight did, but eventually forgive her and she's finally able to be a medicine cat again. Suffice to say, this is a cat who has suffered far more than any cat should.
    • 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.
      • Don't forget his first mentor, who he was established to really admire was murdered in cold blood by the one he idolized...this is as early as Forest of Secrets
    • 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 
  • Anti-Climax: Tigerstar's death in The Darkest Hour is seen as this by some fans considering how the book does a massive build-up towards his and Firestar's final battle only for Scourge to turn Tigerstar into The Unfought Big Bad Wannabe. It takes until Last Hope for them to finally have a final battle.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Every character is subjected to this in the fandom:
    • Firestar: courageous hero or boring?
    • Is Spottedleaf a sweet and caring she-cat, 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 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-Breaking Character:
    • Ever since Long Shadows came out, everyone either seems to hate Ashfur's guts or adore him to death. The page image for Base-Breaking Character, in fact, is a slightly exaggerated screenshot based on threads about him that existed in one point in time on the official forum.
    • Then there's the debate about whether Firestar is a lovable hero or a a washed-out, boring Invincible Hero.
    • Dovewing. Whiny, shallow and annoying, or a flawed but ultimately compassionate and understandable character? You decide!
    • 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 character 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.
    • Yellowfang. She was a well-liked, sympathetic character early on in the series, and some still like her to this day but the revelation that she lied to Squirrelflight about Squirrelflight being barren in order to get her to take in Leafpool's kits has led many to straight up despise her.
    • Depending on who you ask, Bumblestripe is either a genuinely nice guy or an entitled Nice Guy™.
    • Needletail. Feisty and well-developed apprentice-turned-rebel, or an arrogant and angry cat who doesn't take the blame for taking part in ShadowClan's ruin.
  • Broken Base:
    • Who was in the right during the events of Mapleshade's Vengeance: Mapleshade herself, or Ravenwing, Frecklewish, and Appledusk? Many fans give Mapleshade the Draco in Leather Pants treatment and say she was justified in murdering the three cats because they were partly responsible for the tragic events that happened to her (Ravenwing for exposing her secret and getting her kicked out of the Clan, Frecklewish for not saving her kits, and Appledusk blaming her for their kits' deaths and taking a new mate). Others believe that Mapleshade has no excuse for her actions, that her three victims did not deserve to be murdered and were only doing what they thought was right (Ravenwing could not lie to his Clan leader, Frecklewish thought the kits would be saved by RiverClan, and Appledusk really did hold her responsible for the deaths).
    • A Vision of Shadows is a huge one amongst fans. It has a sizeable amount of fans who like it for the interesting characters, SkyClan returning to the lake, and the focus on another Clan besides ThunderClan. However, they pale to its haters, who say that it's repetetive, boring, and cliched, the pairings have no developement, and the side characters are basically reduced to patrol cats.
  • 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. This changes in the sixth series, A Vision Of Shadows, which has been designed to be enjoyable without the context of the previous material.
  • 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 Satellite Love Interest, namely from some shippers who pair Jayfeather with other cats such as Cinderheart, Briarlight, Willowshine, and Poppyfrost.
    • Jessy from Bramblestar's Storm, who fans immediately disliked for getting in the way of the then hugely popular Bramblestar/Squirrelflight pairing, especially after the two had recently gotten back together. Thankfully for the fans, Jessy left the same book and was never mentioned again.
    • Some Mothpool shippers depict Crowfeather, Leafpool's canon mate, as an abusive jerk to Leafpool in order for her to get together with Mothwing. In reality, Leafpool was one of the few cats that Crowfeather ever showed his soft side to.
    • If a fic is a High School A.U., you can expect to see Heathertail portrayed as an Alpha Bitch interfering in Lionblaze and Cinderheart's relationship, when in canon the worst she did was be cold to Lionblaze after their break-up. And even then, she didn't let her grudge interfere with the lives of innocent cats.
  • 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 and Mapleshade's Vengeance, Mapleshade has fans who claim that she is a good cat and Tragic Hero who deserved to go to StarClan instead of the Dark Forest. This is despite how she flat out calls herself an irredeemable bitch.
    • Mudclaw. While he did get to StarClan because he believed he was doing the right thing, there are quite a few fans who try to make it seem like Mudclaw did nothing wrong, and claim that Mudclaw murdering Onewhisker would have been in line with the warrior code.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 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 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 is universally loved for being a Cool Old Guy.
    • Brackenfur is pretty popular as well.
    • Practically nobody hates Oakheart now that the prequel Super Editions have revealed what an awesome brother he was, as well as his surprising sweetness towards Bluefur.
    • Snowkit, oddly, especially since he wasn't important at all (for those that don't know, he was just a deaf kit in the fifth book who was stolen by a hawk, and did nothing for the plot but edge on Bluestar's madness and force his mother Speckletail to retire as an elder). 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.
    • 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.
    • Harespring/Harestar, for being a Nice Guy, The Atoner, and a Reasonable Authority Figure—especially considering his predecessor Onestar was a huge Jerkass for three arcs, so having such a calm and kind cat in charge of WindClan is refreshing.
    • Stagleap for his role in Redtail's Debt, which is considered to be one of the few good things in the novella. His calling out of Tigerclaw and Redtail for fighting and injuring his apprentice Sorrelpaw, whose only crime was to accidentally cross the border, has made him popular.
  • Epileptic Trees: The famous "Ash/White" theory, which theorizes that Ashfur is the father of Dovewing and Ivypool, not Birchfall. The reason for this is that it makes sense genetically(Ashfur is gray, like Dovewing and Ivypool)and that Ashfur and Whitewing have some moments that could be interpreted as a Ship Tease(sharing tongues, teasing, Whitewing being sad over Ashfur's death, etc). This is despite the Erins saying multiple times that Birchfall is the father and that the authors don't exactly adhere to the rules of cat genetics.
    • When the blurbs to Lost Stars and The Silent Thaw were released, fans began theorizing that Bramblestar had gotten rabies due to the blurbs describing him as acting strangely after losing one of his nine lives. This was jossed with the release of The Silent Thaw, where something quite different is happening.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: Fans wondered why Thistleclaw ended up in the Dark Forest, because while he was an aggressive War Hawk, he didn't commit any crimes in his life - and even the attempted murderer Ashfur made it to StarClan. Enter the novella Spottedleaf's Heart, where he essentially became a pedophile grooming Spottedpaw while also training in the Dark Forest. This made the novella one of the most unpopular works in the entire lengthy series, as most felt that the subject matter wasn't handled well.
  • Fanon:
    • Due to the series not always making it clear who is whose parents, fans take it upon themselves to come up with family trees. For example, one of the most commonly accepted theories is that Heathertail, Harestar, and Kestrelflight are siblings, due to them being apprenticed at the same time and looking alike (Heathertail is brown, Harestar is brown-and-white, and Kestrelflight is gray-and-white).
    • The books make it a point that Hawkfrost is the spitting image of Tigerstar, just with blue eyes and a white belly, but fanartists like to draw him as being a lynx point Siamese (due to his mother).
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans refuse to accept Spottedleaf's Heart and Redtail's Debt as canon, owing to the former severely mishandling matters of grooming and pedophilia and the latter forgetting that Redtail didn't actually kill Oakheart.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Warriors gets this with other Erin Hunter works. Warriors outnumbers the fandoms by a huge lot, however that doesn't stop debates on which series is better. Warriors versus Survivors is popular simply due to the "cats vs dogs" debate.
    • Warriors versus any other cat xenofiction work, such as Tailchaser's Song or Varjak Paw. Warriors is the most popular and many of the series share fans, however there's still plenty of room for arguing between the fans.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Shipping is really divisive among the fandom, and a ship's popularity often rises and falls as arcs come and go. The sometimes sloppy writing when it comes to romance doesn't help, either. But you'll be hard-pressed to find a fan who doesn't like Ravenpaw/Barley.
    • Same for Tallstar/Jake, which is shipped by nearly everyone in the fandom. Even one of the authors ships it.
    • Mothpool (Mothwing/Leafpool) is a lot more popular than the canon Crowfeather/Leafpool, mostly due to the latter being Strangled by the Red String.
  • 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!"
    • In Redtail's Debt, Tigerclaw saves Redpaw from a hawk. Redpaw tells him that he owes him one, but Tigerclaw replies that Redpaw owes him his life. Considering what happened to Redtail later in life, it makes that line become one.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: After Nowa Baśń began publishing the series there in 2015, Warriors has found a large audience in Poland. It's so popular there that the Polish editions of the books have specially-illustrated covers that are regarded as being better than the American ones.
  • 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. Fallen Leaves/Hollyleaf is a big one, and at least one of the writers considers it canon.
  • 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.
    • The circumstances behind Ashfur's trying to kill Squirrelflight and her kits: He was upset because she had dumped him a year before. The reason why this is here? Think of how many murders/shooting sprees have occurred in reality for the exact same reasons, especially as of the late 2010s.
    • Hawkfrost kicking Stormfur out of RiverClan in Sunset becomes this when you read A Shadow in RiverClan and learn that, in his apprenticehood, he genuinely admired and got along with Feathertail...Stormfur's sister.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Whitestorm's absolute dedication and faith in Bluestar in the first arc becomes more heartwarming when you learn that Whitestorm was Bluestar's nephew and that she had practically raised him since he was a young kit.
  • 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.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: The series basically got this treatment, especially with how many animations the series got. (Specific incidents from the Fandom with certain animators for the series did not help matters.)
  • Memetic Badass:
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Essentially everything in the So Bad, It's Good fanfic StarKitsProphcy 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 
    • Tigerstar clones. Explanation 
    • Everything about the poorly received Super Edition Tigerheart's Shadow:
      • Tigerheartstar! Explanation 
      • Dovewing goes to church. Explanation 
      • Tigerheart likes trains. Explanation 
    • Briarlight.exe is not running Explanation 
    • Thornclaw the Patrol Guy / Thornclaw's Got Bills Explanation 
    • Dovewing’s eye color / Dovewing has green eyes Explanation 
    • Some names are just so awkward or uninspired sounding that they're a joke amongst the fandom. Modern SkyClan names are especially prone to this. Common targets include Loudbelly, Runningnose, Twigbranchnote , and Billystorm.
    • "What cartoon/anime is this?" Explanation 
    • It's a joke in the fandom about how hard it can be to explain a series about serious action fantasy about talking cats who fight a lot to others.
    • ThunderClan's overpopulation problemExplanation 
    • When will Mistystar die already?Explantion 
    • Heavystep is immortal Explanation 
  • Memetic Troll: Sol has gained a memetic reputation as a troll thanks to his Affably Evil attitude and the smug expression he had on a book cover (which later got edited so it wasn't so smug). Here is a macro that got passed around for a bit with that original image.
  • Mind Game Ship: Hawkfrost/Ivypool is full of this. He's trying to use and manipulate her, while later down the line she's out to spy on him and the rest of the Dark Forest. He later ends up trying to kill her.
  • 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.
    • Some fans on Tumblr accuse the authors of killing off Briarlight in River Of Fire because of ableism. This is in spite of Brightheart, a ThunderClan warrior whose face had been mauled by dogs, being a respected warrior, as well as Deadfoot, the lame-pawed yet capable deputy of WindClan.
  • 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. Likewise, the scene of Cinderpelt's spirit separating from Cinderheart and flying away.
    • 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.
  • Popular with Furries: The Warrior Cats is one of the biggest feral furry fandoms, and arguably one of the biggest furry fandoms period. It's rare to find a furry who likes domestic cats but not Warriors. It's often a Gateway Series into other furry-friendly works, especially cat related.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Fans who ship Mothwing and Leafpool usually refer to the ship as “Mothpool”.
  • Recurring Fanon Character: Stargleam, the Mary Sue protagonist of the notorious Troll Fic StarKitsProphcy, appears in many other fan-works.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Oh so many, mostly for shipping related reasons:
    • Cinderheart to Cinderpelt.
    • Millie to Silverstream.
    • Bumblestripe to Tigerheart, and vice versa.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
  • 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, and was a fairly decent guy overall, as we see from him in Tallstar's Revenge and Yellowfang's Secret.
  • 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:
    • Rainflower. Her particularly cruel treatment to her son and few (if any) redeeming qualities earned her a big hatedom.
    • Onestar due to becoming a jerk when he became Clan Leader.
    • Appledusk is widely despised, particularly by Mapleshade fans, for being a Bastard Boyfriend to her. When their kits drowned in a flood, he blamed her for their deaths, called their relationship a "mistake" in front of his Clan to get back in their good graces, cast her out of the Clans to live as a rogue, and took a new mate, after which she completely snapped. Many fans hold him partly or even entirely responsible for Mapleshade's descent into evil, some going as far as to consider him a Karma Houdini because he was allowed into StarClan while Mapleshade was not.
    • Some fans give Reedshine, Appledusk's second mate, similar treatment for being the "other she-cat" that he was cheating on Mapleshade with, as well as the fact that she decided to cruelly rub salt in Mapleshade's wound by telling her that "she'd caused enough trouble tonight" right after she'd just lost her kits, been cast out of the Clans, and rejected by Appledusk.
    • Sagewhisker is pretty consistently disliked for the way she pressured Yellowfang into becoming a medicine cat despite her dreams of being a warrior, only told her how to control her powers after she caved, shamed her for having kits, and berated her into never spending any time with her son, thus guaranteeing his good qualities never flourished.
    • Mistystar, at least in Veil of Shadows. Many fans, who once liked her, turned against her after her decision to exile Mothwing for her parentage despite Mistystar being half-Clan herself, and then exiling Icewing and Harelight, who didn't deserve it.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • It's generally well-agreed amongst the fandom that Omen of the Stars is where the series began going downhill. Common complaints included plot points either being reused or not done very well, badly-written romance, and boring protagonists (Dovewing and Lionblaze especially). While the fifth arc, Dawn of the Clans, did quite well, A Vision of Shadows proved to be extremely divisive and is considered to be the worst arc in the series thus far.
    • The New Prophecy is also considered a weak point due to two things: fans thinking the Great Journey should have spanned many more books than it did (it's wrapped up in one) and the conflict in the second half of the arc being the relationship drama between Leafpool and Crowfeather and Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight.
  • 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 Bishōnen.
  • Squick: Spottedleaf's Heart is rife with this, due to Thistleclaw's child grooming of Spottedpaw, who is younger than his own son. There's a reason it's the most controversial book in the entire series.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Cattails is a Life Simulation Game where you play as a feral cat in a colony - made by the fan who created the Fan Game Warrior Cats: Untold Tales.
  • 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, and previous short stories by the authors were, 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. HarperCollins didn't seem to take the hint, as they continued with further e-books. Fortunately they began releasing the novellas in paperbacks after every three releases, and eventually switched to releasing three new ones all at once in a paperback.
    • Many fans have misgivings about the announced Warriors film:
      • The simple fact that it's being adapted makes fans wonder what direction and tone it might take, and whether it'll be a film worthy of the series. The reason it took so many years for a studio to acquire the rights was because the series was long viewed as something that wouldn't appeal to wide audiences - too violent and serious for young children, while the whole talking-cat thing would appear too childish for teen and adult audience, similar to the Guardians of Ga'Hoole film. Will it stay true to the books' more serious tone and level of violence? Will it follow the storyline closely, or condense the first series and/or take creative liberties?
      • The fact that it was picked up not by one of the big Hollywood studios, but by Chinese studio Alibaba Pictures, made many uncertain (despite being a major company, it isn't necessarily a big name among US filmgoers). David Heyman being named as producer, however, was a plus (as he produced the Harry Potter films).
      • The writers of the film being revealed as Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Their most well-known past works are the Kung Fu Panda films, the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequels, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Monsters vs. Aliens, and a handful of King of the Hill episodes. This raised concerns both about the aforementioned direction they might take since they're comedy (mostly children's comedy) writers, and about the quality of the writing, as most of those credits are generally considered mediocre at best among critics and audiences.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The success of Warriors is the reason why Seeker Bears, Survivor Dogs, and Bravelands, the Erin Hunter team's other series, never get any recognition.
    • After the very positive reception of The Prophecies Begin, The New Prophecy was always going to have a tough reputation to uphold and didn't quite hit that mark (see Seasonal Rot up above for more details).
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Mapleshade in Mapleshade's Vengeance. Before that, she states she was proud to be in the Dark Forest and had no regrets for her actions, and was clearly displayed as a pure villain. But the events that led to her becoming a villain—her entire Clan turning on her, her kits drowning, her mate cheating on her and rejecting her—and the implication it all drove her mad are so depressing, it makes her seem like more of a victim and Tragic Villain than the Erins probably intended.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Needletail's actions in A Vision Of Shadows. She's meant to be heroic for helping try to stop Darktail, but people feel that she only does it after her mate Rain was killed by Darktail, thus making her actions seem selfish. Not helping matter is that she lays ShadowClan's problems all on Rowanstar and never takes any responsibility for her part in shattering the Clan. Even Yellowfang points out how absurd her way of handling it is.
    • Mapleshade's three victims in Mapleshade's Vengeance. Her revenge on them is painted as a cruel Moral Event Horizon, but because of the suffering they caused her in the first place, many fans do not have much sympathy for them.
    • Ravenwing is meant to be seen as a medicine cat who was only doing his duty to the Clan, but his actions of immediately outing Mapleshade's secret to the Clan, causing her and her kits to be exiled, make it clear that he did not care one bit about the welfare of his Clanmate or her children. He knew that if Mapleshade's relationship with Appledusk were to be exposed, she would almost certainly be exiled, yet he outed her anyway. He looks especially bad compared to Sagewhisker, Cinderpelt, and Goosefeather, medicine cats who knew that their Clanmates were involved in forbidden relationships, yet cared enough about them to keep their secrets.
    • Frecklewish is painted as a cat who was grieving over her brother and heartbroken to find out that her brother's kits were actually his killer's children, with Nettlebreeze even describing her as a "poor and helpless" victim of Mapleshade's cruelty. Her anger at Mapleshade for pretending to be her brother's mate is understandable, but her viciousness towards Mapleshade's innocent kits when she finds out that they aren't her brother's, spitting at them, calling them "half-Clan creatures", and shouting for them to be kicked out of the Clan, is unjustifiable. Because of that, many fans didn't feel very sorry for her when a snake spit venom in her eyes.
  • 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.
  • Vanilla Protagonist:
    • Firestar, at least in the first series. A certain amount of fans think the Clan drama is more compelling then Firestar himself. Though, Firestar isn't hated per se-at worst he's (almost) merely overlooked by fans in favor of other characters such as Bluestar, Yellowfang, Cinderpelt, Greystripe, and other cats.
    • Alderheart in A Vision of Shadows. While he was liked well-enough in The Apprentice's Quest, most fans grew tired of him halfway through the arc and would've preferred if his PoV chapters would have been scrapped completely to let the other main characters Violetshine and Twigbranch, who fans found to be more compelling, get more chapters in their point of view.
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