|Name:||Ashfur, formerly Ashpaw, Ashkit|
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Ashfur is a character in the Warrior Cats series. He becomes an antagonist.
Ashfur is introduced as a young kit in The Prophecies Begin arc, and is eventually made an apprentice named Ashpaw in The Rising Storm. While he does have some prominent moments during the first arc, he doesn't become a major character until the second arc, The New Prophecy, when he develops a romantic interest in Squirrelflight. However, he is rejected and Ashfur becomes bitter, driving him to try and 'punish' Squirrelflight in various ways during both The New Prophecy and the Power Of Three arcs in retaliation.
Ashfur then becomes the main antagonist of the “Broken Code” arc, in which he possesses the dead body of Bramblestar, Squirrelflight’s mate, in order to have revenge on the clans and trick Squirrelflight into loving him. His identity was not revealed until "Darkness Within"; before this he was often referred to as 'the imposter' or 'the dark warrior'.
Ashfur is a controversial character due to his motivations and treatment regarding Squirrelflight. The primary debate is over if he deserved to get into StarClan after his attempts to ‘punish’ Squirrelflight for not being his mate.
The imposter was a frequent subject of fan theories and debates before their identity was revealed. Ashfur was the most popular character to be proposed as the imposter, but some fans theorised that it was another cat, such as Sol, or that there were multiple cats working together for which Ashfur was either a co-conspirator or an unwitting pawn.
- Is it Ashfur? by Moonkitti, Aug 1, 2019. An animated theory video outlining the evidence that the imposter is Ashfur and the creator's hopes for the plotline.