* CanonSue: Strong presence of {{Canon Sue}}s is responsible for many of the negative reactions to the old WOD's metaplot.
** The most hated example was probably [[VillainSue Samuel Haight]]. Many people vilified him for turning from an almost normal human to, in effect, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ghoul-werewolf-true mage]] combination, breaking quite a few of the rules that [[HybridOverkillAvoidance forbid such hijinks to player characters]] in the process. Then the authors made him an [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption untouchable, unstoppable villain]] in adventures where he appears, going as far as specifically reminding gamemasters to save his bacon from the fire at all costs if players manage to corner him somehow. No wonder that almost everyone hated Sam Haight. [[AuthorsSavingThrow When authors finally figured this out, they killed him by an overpowered vampire, turned him into a normal run-of-the-mill wraith after death]] [[AndIMustScream and got him soulforged into an ashtray]] instead of giving players an opportunity to get the bastard. Only in W20 did Onyx Path make an adventure where his [[TheDragon second-in-command]] becomes a much-weaker reincarnation that players could [[CatharsisFactor finally kill]].
*** Also, there's the literal part of the Curse of Caine - the whole sevenfold vengeance thing causes any victory to become an [[OneHitKill instant 700% backlash against the victor]].
* ContinuityLockOut: As time went on, the backstory became increasingly thick and convoluted. The {{Metaplot}} did not help matters. The NewWorldOfDarkness was created because this issue began negatively affecting sales.
* ContinuitySnarl: There were quite a few retcons and quite a few mistakes. It's difficult to tell which is which.
* FanWank: Several actually got noticed by the authors and mentioned derisively in the canon, among them a male offshoot of a female only Vampire bloodline, and a "pact" or "understanding" between Gangrel and werewolves, undermining [[FurAgainstFang the usual state of affairs]].
* NightmareFuel: Specific examples in the Old WOD: the Baali and the Sabbat in ''Vampire'', the Black Spiral Dancers and the Wyrm in ''Werewolf'', the Nephandi and Marauders in ''Mage'', the Spectres and Oblivion in ''Wraith'', the Shadow Court in ''Changeling'', the Akuma and Yama Kings in ''Kindred Of The East''... It's pretty much easier mentioning which factions are NOT NightmareFuel.
*** More specific examples from oWoD: the Nosferatu, the Nicktuku (NightmareFuel ''even to the Nosferatu''), Followers of Set, the Giovanni, the Tzimisce and (to some extent) the Malkavians in ''Vampire'', the Bane Mummies in ''Werewolf'' and the Earthbound (and pretty much ''any'' high-Torment fallen) in ''Demon''.
* VillainSue: the Old WOD was often heavily criticised for having incredibly overpowered antagonists and side characters, who had the potential to [[{{GMPC}} make the players irrelevant]]. Samuel Haight was the worst: the books actually told Storytellers to make sure that the [=PCs=] don't have a chance to defeat him.