Top 10 Saddest Warrior Cat Backstories

The Warriors series by Erin Hunter has been a massively huge hit. Although it is a children's book series, it covers topics such as racism, terrorism, communism, government problems, and more. So, of course, there just have to be some cats in the books that have been abused, traumatized, and more. Yet, Warriors also shows that good will always win in the end, no matter what is going on around us. And many of the cats listed have gone to become heroic figures-or, evil leaders.
The Top Ten
1 Crookedstar Crookedstar is a huge, light brown tabby tom with green eyes and a twisted jaw.

Crookedstar was a RiverClan leader in the forest territories. He was born as Stormkit to Rainflower and Shellheart alongside his brother, Oakkit. Following an accident in which he broke his jaw, Stormkit was renamed... read more

I could not cry more at the end of Crookedstar's Promise. Mapleshade actually didn't cause his family's death. She just knew that it was coming and wanted him to suffer just like she had. But man, it was SAD. His mother hated him when he broke his jaw, gave him a retarded name, and didn't let him sleep with her and Oakkit. His parents broke up, and he had to wait to become a warrior.

He was finally a warrior and had a mate, but his parents died, his mate died, and two-thirds of his kits died. I was actually sobbing when Crookedstar made a promise to Silverkit that he would always take care of her. Very, very sad.

2 Mapleshade Mapleshade is a character in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Mapleshade is a large, tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat, with a scarred white muzzle, and white patches throughout her pelt. She is thick-furred, and her pelt is ragged, patched, and scarred. Her fur is thick around her neck, like a mane,... read more


Read Mapleshade's Vengeance!!

Her mate betrayed her. Her medicine cat gave away her secret. Her Clan rejected her. A cat WATCHED her helpless kits drown without doing anything. She nearly lost her life trying to save her kits in the river. She lost her life avenging her kits' deaths and ended up in the Dark Forest. Is there a sadder life ever?

Fun fact: Mapleshade is actually related to Firestar, and since Firestar is related to so many more cats, quite a lot of cats are actually related to Mapleshade now.

-Dovestar of FrostClan

3 Scourge Scourge is a villain the Warrior Cats series. He's the leader of BloodClan. He was bullied by his siblings, Socks and Ruby, in the past because he was the smallest out of his kin. One of his most notable features is his collar of dog teeth. Scourge is a small black tom with one white paw, ice-blue eyes,... read more

I actually think his siblings, mostly his sister, are the true villains. They were way too mean to him, and if they hadn't been, many cats would not have died. Also, I think his sister is the more evil one because she was the one who told Scourge that he'd be thrown in the river. This lie prompted Scourge to run away, get mentally scarred, and go to the twoleg place, which is what makes Scourge evil.

He has the saddest backstory, which is why he is such a great cat. I love him and hate Firestar. Firestar defeats Scourge only because he has nine lives, which I feel is cheating. So, Firestar is pretty weak and way too perfect. Scourge actually has feelings and flaws.

4 Bluestar Bluestar is a character in the Warrior Cats series. She was one of the leaders of ThunderClan. She broke the code by being mates with Oakheart of RiverClan and having her kits, Stonefur and Mistyfoot, and Mosskit. Stonefur and Mistyfoot live in RiverClan, while Mosskit died of hypothermia. She has a... read more

Well, she isn't so sad, but I grieve for her. Back when she was an apprentice, her mother, Moonflower, died. She was heartbroken. Poor Bluestar! She then broke the warrior code by having kits with Oakheart. She had her kits: Stonefur, Mistyfoot, and Mosskit. Mosskit died, which left her sad. She then had to give up her kits to live with their father in RiverClan because she couldn't let the evil Thistleclaw be deputy.

She had a sister named Snowfur who fell in love with Thistleclaw. Oakheart then died mysteriously. When Bluestar became leader, she accused everyone of being a traitor because Thistleclaw, Tigerclaw, Darkstripe, and Longtail all were. She never forgave herself for leaving her kits, which ultimately drove her crazy. When dogs attacked, Bluestar hurled herself over the gorge, taking the dogs with her. Brave Bluestar, I know!

Before she died, she told Firestar about his prophecy, then ascended to StarClan. - Creekglade (Limpcreek)

5 Yellowfang Yellowfang was a ThunderClan medicine cat in the original series of Warriors. She initially was a medicine cat from ShadowClan, but she was banished by her son, Brokenstar. She was then found by Firestar, who was then Firepaw, and brought into ThunderClan. Her last words were "Thank you for bringing... read more

Poor, poor, POOR YELLOWFANG! *sobbing for her* She didn't deserve what happened to her! She was my second favorite medicine cat (number one being Cinderpelt). I loved her so much! She was grouchy, but that's what made me laugh! She did what was best for the Clans throughout her whole life. My top three most hated leaders:

3. Raggedstar
2. Tigerstar the first
1. Tie between the ThunderClan leader in Mapleshade's Vengeance (I don't care to remember his name) and FREAKING PINESTAR!

Yellowfang died early on in the series. She was one of the many victims of the fire, but we all can agree her death was the saddest out of all of them. She didn't need Brokenstar to pour all the blame on her. She made many bonds in ThunderClan, too: Firestar, Cinderpelt, and many more. And it all started with a fight with a kittypet.

6 Brightheart Brightheart is a character from Warriors by Erin Hunter. She is a white she-cat with ginger patches. As an Apprentice she got attacked by dogs and got half of her face torn off. Her mate is Cloudtail and her kits are Whitewing, Ambermoon, Dewnose, and Snowbush.

Brightheart. There's a cat who didn't need to see what she saw. During the time when the dogs came (see my Bluestar comment), Swiftpaw wanted to prove himself to the Clan. Brightpaw went with him, knowing he shouldn't be alone. She then watched her best friend get ripped apart. She said, "I couldn't see, but I knew Swiftpaw was fighting like all of LionClan." (Or TigerClan)

She had a scar on the left side of her face. The fur was torn away with the ear, and the eyeball was no longer there. Then Bluestar gave her the horrible name Lostface. Way to bring down her spirits, Bluestar! One cat still loved her, though: Cloudtail. He cared for her. After Bluestar died, Firestar replaced Lostface's name with Brightheart. A pretty name. My theme song for her is "Scars to Your Beautiful." Hope this helped! - Creekglade (Limpcreek)

7 Cinderpelt A Medicine Cat from the book series Warriors by Erin Hunter, she is a small, fluffy, sleek, and soft-furred she-cat with a smoky dark gray coat and wide blue eyes. Initially, she started out as a Warrior apprentice but was forced to train as a Medicine Cat after a monster broke her leg on the Thunderpath... read more

Her life was simply sad. There are some points in the book when I really wonder if she looked as content as she seemed. She was made to be a warrior, not a medicine cat. She had a chance to be with Firestar, having kits with him and being loved by him, being a warrior running and hunting and fighting, just like she wanted. But the monster crushed that...

Why I think Cinderpelt's story is extremely sad is because she wanted to become a warrior and serve her clan to the fullest. Instead, she got run over by a monster, crippling her leg, so she had to be a medicine cat. However, through all of her dreams being crushed, she still managed to always be positive, never letting it weigh her down, which I find very admirable.

8 Breezepelt

Breezepelt is definitely in my top 5. He is one of my favorites. Crowfeather and Nightcloud were horrible to him, and Breezepelt grew to be resentful. Then he tried to impress Crowfeather and never succeeded.

Rainflower, medicine cat of RiverClan

Why can't Crowfeather just suck up his hard feelings and just be his dad? I mean, as an apprentice, all he wanted was to make his dad proud, and all he does is ignore him. It's his fault that he ended up the way he is.

Poor Breezepelt. Crowfeather just had to be sad, I mean, what?! Control your emotions. He only jumped on the thunder path to get attention...he's an attention seeker.

9 Hollyleaf Hollyleaf was one of the rare, strictly loyal cats of ThunderClan.

Her birth broke the warrior code, and she killed Ashfur in fear of him revealing the truth over her family. She lived in the tunnels for a while, before rejoining ThunderClan. Hollyleaf was slain by Hawkfrost and spent her last... read more

She's my favorite cat, and I feel really bad for her. It was good that after the fight when she died, Bramblestar/claw killed his brother Hawkfrost for good.

Hollyleaf was so loyal to the warrior code that she was heartbroken when she found out her existence broke two codes. She tried to run away from her clan, then she dies at the hands of a horrible cat, Hawkfrost!?

She sticks to the warrior code her whole life, then finds out her birth broke it. She learns that her parents lied to her. She kills a cat out of fear and has nowhere to go. Her life was really, really sad.

10 Tallstar Tallstar is a large, black-and-white tom with a very long, thin, black tail with a white tail-tip, powerful shoulders, amber eyes, strong paws, short, thick fur, and a white muzzle and paws.

So SAD...he felt like his life was useless. He struggled to find his purpose. Is it with his mother who doesn't care about him? Is it tunneling to pass on his father's legacy? Is it with the moor runners (#dreamjob) fighting over pointless battles? Is it even with the clans? Is it to avenge his father? He goes on a journey alone to rediscover the purpose of his existence. How is that not sad?

Poor guy never found his true meaning. Tallstar had to ask Firestar for help many times, and the other clans taunted him for it. Luckily, he found a friend for life.

The Contenders
11 Gray Wing

Gray Wing obviously has the saddest past. He was forced to leave the mountains to chase Jagged Peak, and then after they arrived, Turtle Tail and Gray Wing's relationship became more rocky, and Turtle Tail started liking a kittypet. His brother was mean to him with boundaries and stuff like that. Then a fire happened, and Gray Wing saved his brother's life, but he got asthma for the rest of his life.

Then, Turtle Tail went to live with the Twolegs with Tom and came back with Tom's and her kits. Clear Sky tried to steal Thunder, and Turtle Tail died. They then split up into groups, making Gray Wing get separated from all of Turtle Tail's kits and his friends. He then left his friends in ShadowClan to join WindClan, and he kept suffering from asthma. Finally, he died right after Slate gave birth, so he never got to raise his kits. Come on, guys, if that isn't sad, then you're a mouse-brain.

12 Ravenpaw Ravenpaw is a fictional character created by Erin Hunter for the book series Warrior Cats. He's a skinny, jet-black tom with a small white dash on his chest, greens eyes and a long, thing white tipped tail. He is shy, jumpy and nervous... read more

His death is so sad. He should have lived longer! His death injury also reminds me of the one Spiderleg got in the Great Battle. Does that sound familiar?

He was kicked out so he could live, met Barley, Barley ditched him on his quest, then he dies?

13 Sol

He had to grow up in a bad place, taken away from his siblings and having his mother leave him with no positive memories of her.

His backstory is so sad. I feel like him because my dad left me and my mom, and we had to move home with my brother.

His backstory is extremely sad, and even if it is made up, his SkyClan story is pretty sad too.

14 Ivypool Ivypool is a fictional character created by Erin Hunter for the Book series named Warrior Cats. Ivypool is a common silver-and-white tabby. She spied in the Dark Forest and has dark blue eyes. She is the sister of Dovewing and the kit of Whitewing and Birchfall. Her mate is Fernsong, and she is the... read more

Yes, Ivypool was a bit whiny, but how can you not be? Imagine if your sibling had superpowers and you didn't! Imagine how left out you'd feel!

15 Brokenstar Brokenstar is a villain character from the Warrior Cats series. Brokenstar is a matted, dark brown tabby tom with a broad, flat face, a bent tail, and orange eyes. Brokenstar was a former Shadowclan leader and a member of the Dark Forest. His mother is Yellowfang and his father is Raggedstar.

Brokenstar, Brokenkit at the time, was hated by his entire adopted family. His real mother loved him, but he didn't know that until he was killed by her. If only Yellowfang didn't have that "gift," then Brokenstar wouldn't be evil, and Wishkit and Hopekit would be alive!

His adopted mother hated him, and he was bullied by his adopted littermates! That's the only reason he's's really sad...

16 Fallen Leaves

His death was the creepiest and the scariest. He had to listen to his mother wail and cry for him, then she had to leave him to go to the tribes. Everybody leaves him.

His mother leaves him.
Jayfeather leaves him.
Hollyleaf leaves him.

Everybody left him alone, and he was just an apprentice. He stayed in the tunnels for generations, being alone. He and Hollyleaf were so cute together, but she had to leave. I cried for him. #Fallen Leaves

He died trying to leave the tunnels and become a sharpclaw!

Fallen Leaves was forgotten about.

17 Sorreltail Sorreltail is a sturdy, slender, dappled, tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat, with a soft tail, and white paws and chest. She was a warrior under Firestar, her mother is Willowpelt and her Father was Whitestorm. Her siblings are Rainwhisker and Sootfur, her half-sister is Ferncloud and his half-brothers... read more

She honestly had a very sad past. Think about it: she lost her mom at a very young age, which must have been traumatizing. Her dad obviously was never too close to her. She lost Sootfur right after a horrible badger attack, and she lost Rainwhisker just a few moons later. Then, she lost Molepaw.

One of her kits broke her leg so badly that she almost wasn't able to be a warrior. That would be awful for a mother to go through. Then, on top of it all, Honeyfern was killed right in front of her. Sorreltail's past is very sad, and not very many people acknowledge it.

18 Mistystar Mistystar is a lithe, pale blue-gray she-cat with thick, sleek fur, a pink nose, a plumpy tail, and wide, ice-blue eyes. Her mother was Bluestar and her father is Oakheart. Her adopted mother was Graypool and her adopted father is Thrushpelt. Her sister is Mosskit and her brother is Stonefur, her adopted... read more

Her sister died, her father died, her best friend died, her adoptive mother died, her mother died, her brother died, three of her kits died, and her mate died.

When she finds out she's only half-clan, she's so devastated! Then her brother is killed practically by her clan leader!?

19 Leafpool Leafpool is a character in the Warrior Cats series. She's the daughter of Firestar and Sandstorm, sister of Squirrelflight, mate of Crowfeather, and mother of Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf

She is a medicine cat and falls in love with a cat from another clan! Can't get much sadder than that. Then, when her kits find out she's their mother, they hate her! And she also has to give up being a medicine cat!

Her life was so sad, she lost everything! I mean, sure, she gets a happy ending, but it took a lot of suffering to get there.

She gave up her kits for her clan. One of them tried to kill her, one of them yelled out one of her biggest secrets at a gathering, her father died, one of her kits died, and her friend died. SHE GAVE UP HER KITS! She should be second (with Bluestar first)!

20 Deadfoot Deadfoot is a small, lean black tom with an unusable twisted left paw. His mother is Meadowslip and his father was Hickorynose. As a kit, he was called Hopkit. Hopkit was born with a twisted paw so when he got his apprentice name Heatherstar changed it to Deadpaw. He was a WindClan deputy, and now in... read more

Yeah, it's sort of sad. His name was Hopkit and then they changed it to Deadkit.

21 Bramblestar Bramblestar is the leader of ThunderClan. His mate is Squrrielflight and his kits are Dandilionkit, Juniperkit, Sparkpelt and Alderheart. Bramblestar sister is Tawnypelt, his parents are Goldenflower and Tigerstar. Bramblestar is a huge and muscular dark brown tabby tom with amber eyes, he has sleek... read more

He was thought to be a monster and murderer like his father. No one trusted him or his sister, Tawnypelt, when they were little. Everyone was so quick to judge them based on their appearance and kin rather than their actions. Poor Bramblestar lost his sister because no one trusted them. She ran away to ShadowClan. Bramblestar had to kill his half-brother, Hawkfrost, to save his leader, Firestar.

He also had a fight with Squirrelflight before all that, then they got back together, and he was lied to about his kits. I really feel bad for him. He lost his sister and his trust when he was just an apprentice. He only had his mother and, somewhat later, Firestar to care for him.

Today, as the most trusted cat and leader, he spent much of his life untrusted. How would you feel if you were blamed for your kind actions or behavior and weren't trusted by anyone because of someone else's wrongdoing? Come on, guys, don't judge someone by their appearance.

22 Rock

Well, more of a saddest life, but jeez. I think Rock has to have the most miserable existence. He is cursed to live for eternity, knowing all the past, present, and future.

-Floppy Kitten (Emberflight of StormClan)

He has to live forever. Everyone he loves dies. Everything he knows changes. But he still has to stay there.

23 Spottedleaf Spottedleaf was a medicine cat under Bluestar's leadership in the forest territories. She was born as Spottedkit to Adderfang and Swiftbreeze alongside her littermates, Redkit and Willowkit. Initially, Spottedpaw was apprenticed to Thrushpelt; however, she decided to become a medicine cat with Featherwhisker... read more

I can't believe she gets so much hate. I don't get it. She sacrificed herself for Sandstorm because she knew Firestar loved Sandstorm and would be devastated if she died! She knew nothing about fighting, yet still she threw herself at Mapleshade. She had to know she couldn't win, yet she didn't hesitate. That was truly the last gift she gave to her beloved Firestar.

She dies in the first book!

24 Dustpelt
25 Nightcloud Nightcloud is a muscular black she-cat with amber eyes. She is a warrior of WindClan who served under Onestar and Harestar's leadership. Nightcloud became mates with Crowfeather after he came back from WindClan after becoming mates with ThunderClan's Medicine Cat, Leafpool. While Nightcloud bore three... read more

She really loved her mate a lot, but he loved another she-cat. That traumatized her, and she became emotionless. Then all her kits died except for one, and that kit hated her and his father. She tried to be a good parent but couldn't since she was too overprotective. Then she watched her mate confess his love for another mate. Wow. Poor cat.

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