Top Ten Saddest Warrior Cat Backstories

The Warriors series by Erin Hunter has been a massively huge hit. And, although it is a children's book series, it coveres topics such as racism, terrorism, communism, goverment 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

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, she gave him a literal retarded name, didn't let him sleep with he and Oakkit, his parents broke up, he had to wait to become a warrior, he was finally a warrior and he had a mate, but his parents died, his mate died, and two thirds of his kits died. Then I was actually sobbing when Crookedstar made a promise to Silverkit that he would always take care of her. Very, very sad.

Why isn't Fallen Leaves first? She was lost in the tunnels her whole life and was stuck in there from when she was basically a apprentice for a test. She died in the tunnels and spent most of her after life in there too. She found HollyLeaf and after 7 moons it was fallen leaves bff and then hollyleaf left. When Fallen Leaves escaped she was just in time to see her bff DIE! Why isn't FallenLeaves first?!?! Her story makes me cry every time!

He was mentally abused my his own mother calling him ugly, useless etc. He is permanently disfigured and his parent fought and broke up because of that. He was physically abused by Maple. She made him believe it's was his fault his mother, dad, leader, kits, brother, close friends deaths where his fault. He was rejected by his own clan at a young age. His brother and father tired to help him but where always busy training. His name was Stormkit but his mother changed it to 'suit him'. Crookedstars death was undoubtedly the saddest of all warriors.

*SPOILER ALERT* OMSC! First, he broke his jaw, then his mother rejected him, after that, Mapleshade tricked him into training in the Dark Forest. Rainflower then changed his name to Crookedkit, scarring him for life. He ran away to moonstone, but got lost. When he came back, he almost died saving Willowkit and Graykit. After that, the war over sunning rocks started. Mapleshade led a twoleg to Willowpaw and had her Soon after that, his father retired from his duty as deputy, leaving Crookedjaw to be deputy. An expidition to a near-by farm led to Hailstar's death, plunging him too soon into leadership to soon. He got Willowbreeze pregnant, but then she died, along with 2 of his 3 kits.

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 mate betrayed her. Her kit hated her. She lost two kits. She was blamed for two deaths she didn’t do and her whole clan, even her parents, minus her siblings And I think her apprentice turned against her.

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, many, many more. And it all started with a fight with a kittypet.

Her life was so sad! She gave birth to Brokenstar who destroyed ShadowClan and drove WindClan out until Fireheart saved them. She also had two daughters, I think they were Hopekit and Wishkit? She was exiled and became ThunderClan's medicine cat. I'm glad she had some fun mentoring Cinderpaw after her injury. That's where she got her sharp tongue. Love that pic too. Fireheart also saved Bramblekit in the fire and Yellowfang died of smoke inhalation.

She dies from smoke in her lungs, not choking on a rainbow! Sorry for spoiler!

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 .

OMG! I was reading that comment about thistleclaw + Tigerpaw and I am in school right now so I was like, wow! That’s who that black kit is!,Scourge!

He was bullied by his siblings and they told him he would be killed if he didn’t get adopted. That took it WAY to far. So he ran into the forest, where thistleclaw and Tigerpaw broke the warrior code, by harming and almost killing Scourge when he was just a kit

Scourge would not have been evil if FREAKIN RUBY AND SOCKS hadn’t teased and bullied him into running away! It’s not his fault that he’s evil! Also Tigerstar deserved to be killed by the cat he bullied into becoming evil. Socks and Ruby were lucky they weren’t killed when they begged for food at their brother’s new leadership.

Scourge had a hard past. He was bullied by his siblings ruby and socks. A very different past them his half brother Firestar. Crazy how a brave kit ended as a blood thirsty cat!

Mapleshade Mapleshade is a character in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. She is a tortoiseshell she-cat with a white tail and mistakenly described as ginger-and-white.

Yes. She is my 3rd favorite character. Here is her horribly sad story: Has kits with a RiverClan warrior, everyone thinks their father is Birchface, Ravenwing spied on Mapleshade when she was talking to Appledusk and then Ravenwing snitched on her. Then she was betrayed by her friend, and then betrayed by her mentor, and then was exiled in a STORM. And then her three kits drowned, and then she had to watch Appledusk choose Reedshine over her. (by the way, Reedshine is my least favorite character). And then she was exiled by Darkstar, and then she still heard the screams of her kits at night, and then she was killed by STUPID PERCHPAW. And then she went to the Dark Forest. How is this not number one?

Her story is sad, but I still can’t forgive how she killed everyone Crookedstar loved, and later on killing Spottedleaf again. She of all cats must know how it felt to lose everyone she loved, and yet she chose to inflict the pain on other cats...

Her story is sad, and I just want to point out- the whole clan broke the code! It clearly states, never leave a kit in pain or in danger! And they put three kits in danger! They knew their was almost no chance they would survive!

YES. Before I heard her backstory, I thought she was evil. But here is what happened; Fell in love with Appledusk, and she was going to have his kits...But there's an itty-bitty problem; Reedshine, the trash face, already likes him. So later on Frecklewish says "Ooh the father is Birchface, right?" and Mapleshade didn't say anything, so she didn't lie about it! Later she met up with Appledusk, but then the jerkface Ravenwing told Oakstar about it, AND HE EXILED HER. So after that, she went to RiverClan and her kits fell into the river and drowned. After that, Appledusk and Reedshine told her that it was her fault and Darkstar did not let her stay, so then she killed Ravenwing (YESSSSS) And then found out that Frecklewish watched her kits die! So she also killed her and then went to kill Reedshine, but Appledusk jumped in the way! And then Perchpaw killed her -_-. See? Sad.

Bluestar Bluestar is a character in the Warrior Cats series. She was one of the leaders of ThunderClan. She is mates with Oakheart of RiverClan and her kits, Stonefur and Mistyfoot, live in RiverClan. She has a deceased kit named Mosskit, a sister named Snowfur, a mother named Moonflower and a father named Stormtail. more.

She is so sad! Because her mother Moonflower died when she was an apprentice! Then she had to leave her kits and Oakheart! Curse those dogs who killed her! Bluestar is my second fave character! My first is Firestar :P

I agree she had to loose everything. CURSE those dogs that made her sacrifice her life to save fireheart! Bluestar led the dogs down the river and that's why she died. SO SAD!

She is so underrated! People don't realize how much she went through :/

She lost her mother, sister, and 1 kit Mosskit. Barely saw Oakheart, Mistyfoot, or Stonefur after giving them away.


Brightheart's history is so sad! First she got half of her face ripped off because of the dog pack. That left her traumatized. Then, she got the cruel warrior name of Lostface. That made her feel worse about herself. Everyone would just stare at her like she didn't belong there. Finally it was so sad when she looked into the puddle to see her reflection.

Brightheart is my favourite cat. Many people recognize her as a side character, but honestly after what she did for her clan, and all the trauma she went through... She deserves her own novella or super edition!

Why is she not 1! Stupid tigerstars half trained pack of dogs attacked her!


Poor Breezepelt. Even his half kin don’t like him. Well, I don’t blame them to much! When he was Breezepaw, he was so annoying on the journey to the Tribe Of Rushing Water. So boo hoo!

Why can't Crowfeather just suck up his hard feeling 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

For once I want Crowfeather to just tell Breezepelt that he was proud of him, JUST ONCE

I feel bad for him. Love Nightcloud, Crowfeather and Breezepelt lol.


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...

By the way Sol lied about his backstory to Leafstar to make everyone vulnerable

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

He is so pitiful... :0 :(

Cinderpelt A medicine cat from the book series Warriors by Erin Hunter. She heals other cats in her Clan, ThunderClan, and is reincarnated into Cinderheart. She started out as a Warrior apprentice, but was forced to train to be a Medicine Cat instead after getting her leg inijured by a car.

Her life was simply sad. There are some points in the book when I really wonder if she looked as content as she was. 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 but instead she got ran 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 on it,never letting it weigh her down which I find very admirable.

I feel so bad for her I'm going to do a animation of her back story thanks tens

She never got to be a warrior and she had a crush on fire star (I think sorry if she did) and she died sadly


Tallstar was bullied, and then Sandgorse refused to talk to him...and TallStar only wanted to make him proud...

His father died, so he teamed up with a kittypet who’s name is jake. Sound fermiliar. Yes the one and the same, Firestars father.

/How come he doesn't get any recognition? He's severely bullied by Shrewclaw starting from BEFORE he opened his eyes! Then his father starts to dislike him because he isn't a tunneler and then is blamed by Sandgorse(the father) for being the reason that the tunneling had stopped. After he unintentionally was an unlikely chance for the death of Shrewclaw's mother, Brackenwing but still takes the blame. Then newcomers arrive and Sandgorse dies because of a tunnel while showing one of them around. This also makes his only friend, Barkstripe, refuse to talk to him. Afterwards, he has to leave his soulmate Jake (Plantonic or lover, I don't know) and comes to find that his mother got a new mate because Sandgorse had died. *Phew* He deserves to be in the top five, but is instead behind Jake's child. -_-''

The Contenders
Hollyleaf Hollyleaf was one of the rare, strictly loyal cats of ThunderClan. She cherished the warrior code as a kit and came back to her clan in a time of need to fight-- even though she was cast out for killing Ashfur.

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

She had such a terrible backstory! First she finds out squirrelflight isn't her mother, then she kills ashfur then leafpool finds out then gets trapped in the tunnels. If u don't think this is sad then.. well that's your loss.

Her life was so hard and painful.

Her entire life was a lie... ):

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 started liking a kittypet. His brother is being mean to him with boundaries and stuff like that, and then a fire happens and Gray Wing saves his brothers life, but he got asthma for the rest of his life. Then, turtle tail went to live with the twolegs with Tom, and then comes back with Tom's and her kits. Clear sky tries to steal Thunder and Turtle Tail dies. They then split up into groups, making Gray Wing get seperated with all Turtle Tail's kits and his friends. He then leaves his friends in Shadowclan to join Windclan, and he keeps suffering asthma. Finally, he dies right after Slate gave birth, so he never got to raise his kits. come on guys, if that isn't sad then your a mouse brain.

Man, I cried each time Gray Wing lost his crush/girlfriend. Clear Sky took two of them from him, and then his almost-wife died and he was left with her kits. He had to take care of them and his stupid brother's kit, and had to deal with Clear Sky's dumb quarrel with everyone. There's a huge battle where half of his friends die, and he's left depressed. Then he gets asthma during a fire, and when he finally gets a mate and family, he dies from stinking asthma. Saddest backstory ever.

YES. Poor ktty. His crush, Bright Stream, died, then Storm, whom he loved a lot, was stolen by his own brother. Then his mate, Turtle Tail, was hit by a car. Then there was a battle and his friends died. He got another mate but before they could have a true, long, happy life together he died of asthma.

Mates: Turtle Tail (Formerly), Slate
Daughter: Silver Stripe
Sons: White Tail, Black Ear
Mother: Quiet Rain
Brothers: Clear Sky, Jagged Peak
Sister: Fluttering Bird
Clan: Wind Clan


Ok, I'm really sick and tired of defending Dovewing, but here goes:
It was Ivypool's choice to join the dark forest, it was Ivypool who shut her sister out
it was Ivypool who boasted about the dark forest
It was Ivypool who whined
It was Ivypool who wailed her little head off because of something her sister couldn't control

She was always so much left behind because dovewings powers!

Her backstory wasn't sad, she was just being a priss!

Okay heres my opinion. It's Ivypools fault that she was not very popular in those first few books. She was training in the dark forest with the cats that wanted her kin, Firestar, Dead. Then when she starts to spy and all, she became great help. But Dovewing didn't hog all the space, it wasn't her fault she was chosen for the power of three. And it wasn't like she WANTED to be all popular. It was Firestar Jayfeather and Lionblaze's fault. All Dovewing really wanted was to spend time with her sister, she knew her sister was getting hurt and feeling left out. She wanted to help but no, every time she even got close to her sister Lionblaze would call her away. Dovewing and Ivypool forever! 。 - ‿‿ - 。

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 more.

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

To the person who said ravenpaw got kicked out, lol, he didn't, he left on his own- and you make it sound like barley just ditched him but he was just more uncertain about what would happen and wanted to play it safe. even though ravenpaw wasn't happy about that, he knew barley wasn't suited for all this travelling.

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

My favourite cat in warriors seriously he has been traumatized, Left his clan so he could live, then abandoned and then died

Brokenstar Brokenstar is a villain character from the Warrior Cats series. He is a dark brown tabby tom with 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.

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


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 after then. Then, she lost Molepaw. Then, 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 that. 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.

Man this character went through a lot. even though she may see like had a pretty good life like perfect mate and perfect kits, she had a sad backstory. losing her mom, having a father that didn't acknowledge her existence that much, losing her siblings plus molepaw and honeyfur. plus, to top it all off her death was so sad. she knew she was injured and probably wouldn't make it, so she spent the last bit of the time she had with her kits lillykit (lillyheart) and seedkit (seedpaw). also, she had to watch seedpaw die and brackenheart suffer losing her and seedpaw.

Fallen Leaves

His death was the creepiest and the scariest. He had to listen to his mother wail and cry for him and have 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

MY POOR POOR BABY! WHY ISn't HE IN THE TOP 3?!? He's BEEN STUCK ALONE WITH NO ONE IN THE TUNNELS FOR 68 YEARS! AND THEN HE FOUND A FRIEND IN JAYFEATHER WHO THEN LEFT! AND HE FELL IN LOVE WITH HOLLYLEAF WHO ALSO THEN LEFT! THEN SHE DIED! HE IS ONE OF THE SADDEST WARRIOR CATS! but then my beautiful baby boy finally found happiness eventually, joining his mother In the tribe if endless hunting and becoming mates and reuniting with hollyleaf once more (I find it hilarious how he though if jay as a brother then immediately started dating/flirting with his sister) also I think the fact that jay and holly both fell in love with ancient cats is ADORABLE

He died trying to leave the tunnels and become a sharp claw!

Stuck in the tunnels

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 gave up her kits for her clan, on of them tried to kill her, one of them yelled out one of her biggest secrets out 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)!

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 eat there.


She really loved her mate a lot but he loved another she-cat so that traumatized her and she became emotionless then all her kits died except for one, then 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.

Crowfeather USED HER like she has no feelings and is worthless her ONLY SON TURNED EVIL and watched HER MATE SAY IN FRONT OF HER THAT HE LOVES LEAFPOOL


He was thought to be a monster and murder like his father. No one trusted him or his sister (Tawnypelt) when they were little. Everyone was so quick to judge them on their appearance and their kin and not their actions. Poor bramblestar lost his sister because no one trusted them (she ran away to Shadow clan) and bramblestar had to kill his Half-brother: hawkfrost to save his leader: Firestar. Then he had a fight with squirrel flight before all that then they got back together then he was liked to about his kits. I really feel bad for him. He lost his sister and his trust when he was just a apprentice. Then he only had his mother and (somewhat later) Firestar to care for him. Later he is leader today the most trusted cat today. Spent: 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 they did something bad, I mean come on guys don't judge someone on there appearance.

Had to prove himself to be a loyal warrior over and over again because he was the son of ThunderClan's betrayer, Tigerstar.


I'm only on Sunrise
He's seems fine...
Ferncloud is okay
What's so sad about his past?

-Heavy Spoilers Ahead! -


Dustpelt actually had a pretty bad life when it come to Kin, almost all his kits are dead as of AVoS Book 3, The only one alive is Birchfall, and by then Him and Ferncloud are dead.

Dustpelt: Killed by Badger (Bramblestar’s Storm)
Hollykit & Larchkit: Starvation (Dawn)
Spiderleg & Icecloud: Greencough (Between Dovewing’s Silence and Bramblestar’s Storm)
Shrewcpaw: Hit by Twoleg Monster (Dawn)
Foxleap: Wounds From TGB {Between Dovewing’s silence and Bramblestar’s storm}


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


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.

Rock is epic so sad backstory.


Spottedleaf Spottedleaf is a tortoiseshell she-cat in the series "Warrior Cats" by Erin Hunter. She first appears in book 1, Into The Wild.

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 devasted 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 like the first book!


Her sister died, her father died, her best friend died, her adoptive mother died, her mother died, her brother died, 3 of her kits died and her mate died.

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