Here are the subjectives found in ''Warcraft'' series.

* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Plenty of them among the Lore Fans.
* BaseBreaker: Varian Wrynn and Garrosh Hellscream are the two most prominent cases, one for being an angry post-LiteralSplitPersonality with one half being a slave to Orcs for quite some time, had his home destroyed by the orcs and his father betrayed by one even earlier and rather expectedly, is none too happy about them, while the other is a racist war-promoting bastard of questionable leadership skills taking over from the level-headed, peace-seeking, Thrall who somehow was a EmoTeen beating himself up barely a few years ago.
* BrokenBase: Whilst the furore has largely died down (aside form a few hard-liners), the reaction to ''WorldOfWarcraft'' not being a real-time strategy game can be likened to what happens when one [[InternetBackdraft mixes weapons-grade plutonium, petrol, Nicholas Cage and dynamite]] and [[MadeOfExplodium throws them into a volcano]] directed by Creator/MichaelBay.
* CanonSue: There's a very simple, one-question test to determine whether a character is a CanonSue: "was this character created or popularized by Richard Knaak?" You'll only ever be wrong for the few characters that reached CanonSue status without Knaak's help.
** Fortunately, their Sueness doesn't really transfer into other media. Several of them were added into WorldOfWarcraft but play fairly minor roles, even though Rhonin is technically a key person as the leader of the Kirin Tor. But even in the Ulduar trailer, his role is fairly passive compared to Jaina and the others.
** Goes so far that Knaak often gets blamed for characters he ''didn't'' create (such as [[GodModeSue Med'an]]).
** Metzen's pet Thrall is considered a Sue by many people. He has so many powers and titles that it's almost impossible to list them all. At one point, it was even mentioned that he would be taking the Black Dragon Aspect's title and powers. He did, in a way, but he is just the Earth Warder, not an Aspect. Thrall, at the moment, is a GodModeSue if there ever was one.
*** To be fair here, Thrall wasn't ''that'' bad in the RTS series. It wasn't until WorldOfWarcraft's Cataclysm came around that Metzen felt compelled to start shoving Thrall down the fanbases throats anytime new lore came around; even in scenes that are suppose to be Alliance exclusive.
** To enlighten and elaborate, Thrall's CanonSue title generally falls under factional and philosophical divides. Being a Horde character that tends to be OnlySaneMan when it comes to [[FantasticRacism constant self-harming strife in the series]], you'll usually find the people most critical of Thrall to be Alliance-playing players. Even then, it tends to be split between those who want to keep the War in Warcraft, and so object to a peace-promoting leader being so successful, and Alliance players who want peace but resent the fact that the leader of the Horde gets to be the mouthpiece for it. The latter actually tend to be more vehement about it: seeing someone from the "other side" being rewarded for his attempts to ensure peace while anyone attempting peace on their side doing the same is either killed off or given a TraumaCongaLine, can understandably cause a little bit of jealousy.
* ClicheStorm: Every line that doesn't contain a proper noun, you've heard in some other fantasy work. This is particularly noticeable in ''Reign of Chaos''.
* CompleteMonster:
** Gul'dan is a power-hungry orc who voluntarily corrupted his people into a bloodthirsty horde [[TheManBehindTheMan which he secretly controls]], planned the draenei genocide and brought the orcs into Azeroth so they could trigger two wars. He also created Garona as a "breeding experiment" between an orc soldier and a female draenei prisoner, after which she was magically aged, tortured and mind controlled into becoming his personal assassin. Finally, he betrayed the Horde to follow his own goals, which caused the defeat of the orcs. Even after his death his evil lingered around his skull, corrupting everything around it.
** [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Doctor]] [[DeadlyDoctor Theolen Krastinov]] in Scholomance, known by his victims as The Butcher, subjected his victims to painful tortures to devise a plague, keeping them alive for weeks from wounds that should have killed them on the first day. When he was finally done with them, he brought them back from the brink of death so he could throw them to his ghouls, laughing as they were eaten alive.
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathwing the Destroyer]], the ruler of the Black Dragonflight, formerly known as Neltharion the Earth Warder, is one of the most ancient villains in Azeroth's history and one of the most monstrous. Deathwing possesses genocidal hatred directed towards anything that isn't a black dragon and has tried many times to exterminate all else that lives. Deathwing tricked his fellow dragonflights into binding their powers to a relic known as the Demon Soul and proceeded to depower his fellow Dragon Aspect and drove the blue dragonflight into practical extinction, gloating all the while. He raped his former consorts and due to his gaining a unique body of molten fire, only one survived, hideously scarred. He was responsible for the capture and forced breeding of Alexstraza, letting her beloved children die and all the while planning to steal her eggs and corrupt them. Deathwing unleashes the fullest measure of his evil in Cataclysm when he initiates events that cause countless deaths and occasionally attacks areas by burning any living thing he finds. Not even his own "superior" Dragonflight is exempt from his plans, as he is hinted at creating the Twilight Dragonflight to replace the remnants of his own.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXajx7l4VxE The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxMLxJl9UWg 4]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SWGRsZai28 faction's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6_d1fhEXTY themes]].
** And speaking of the third game again, the sung part at the end of ''The Frozen Throne'' ending cinematic. No wonder it was reused (with a different voice and lyrics) in WoW'': Wrath of the Lich King''.
* DesignatedVillain / InformedWrongness: While Illidan ''did'' do a lot of amoral things, it's still hard to understand why exactly Malfurion decided he had to be banished for turning himself into a demon, even though all he did after becoming one was, you know, ''saving the whole Forest''.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Tichondrius from VideoGame/WarcraftIII. Well, he was quite charismatic.
* FoeYay: Maive Shadowsong, Illidan's former personal jailor, seriously comes off a ''lot'' like a spurned {{Yandere}} during her pursuit of him in the events of ''The Frozen Throne''.
* GameBreaker: In III, a high-level hero can often handle entire maps by himself, especially if you've been giving all the stat upgrades to one guy.
** Frozen Throne's Orc campaign basically gives you a new GameBreaker every time you kill a new monster. Here, have a shield that boosts stats while setting enemies on fire, or a hat that shoots lightning, or a stick that summons reinforcements while making your allies go faster, or a free ChainLightning spell, or a healing item that amounts to a fountain of health following you around...
* HilariousInHindsight: Remember when Arthas said "What trickery is this!? Mal'Ganis! I don't know how you survived..." and later, after encountering Muradin's dwarves, "Doesn't anyone stay dead anymore?" It's funnier to think about it after some characters are BackFromTheDead in WorldOfWarcraft :[[spoiler:Muradin and Mal'Ganis themselves, Kael'Thas...]]
** That particular example also counts as {{Hypocritical Humor}}, since Arthas is the one who got them all killed (or tried to) in the first place.
** The LeeroyJenkins meme that was born in ''WorldOfWarcraft'' makes the third Orc mission even funnier. Grom Hellscream was Leeroying it out for years before Leeroy Jenkins.
* MagnificentBastard: Ner'zhul - just ask Archimonde and Tichondrius.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Arthas massacring Stratholme so the city does not fall to the Undead is one InUniverse, but highly contentious amongst the players, with lots of arguments resulting over the finer details (the fact that the Plague can '''not''' be cured vs. the morality of the MercyKill, how quickly he leaps to this idea, etc).
*** Hiring mercenaries to help him burn the ships so his rebellious soldiers cannot flee Northrend and escape his obsessive quest to find and destroy the source of the undead, then telling the men that the "foul beasts" had done it all, is a lot less contentious of one.
*** Wandering off into the wilderness after claiming Frostmourne and leaving his former soldiers to die would probably be one if he wasn't already having his mind stolen by Ner'Zhul.
** Ner'Zhul himself crossed it after Warcraft 2, when he abandons the Horde to himself, opening countless portals across Draenor in an attempt to escape to new worlds, which ends up tearing the Orc homeworld apart (and unintentionally sending him straight into Kil'Jaeden and a FateWorseThanDeath).
** The dropping of a mana bomb on Theramore is this for Garrosh.
* MorePopularSpinoff: ''WorldOfWarcraft''.
** To the point where Blizzard once released "''WOW: Heroes of Azeroth''" as a prequel to WorldOfWarcraft, on April Fool's Day. The game in question was better known as WarCraft III.
** A lesser example, [[DefenseOfTheAncients Defense of the Ancients]], a mod for Warcraft III, was so popular it spawned a [[MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena new genre]].
** They also changed the novels accordingly by giving them the ''WorldOfWarcraft'' icon even if the stories take place during the RTS games.
* NarmCharm: The writing in ''Warcraft'' games and books comes across to many fans as cheesy, but many of them enjoy the series specifically because of that.
* SturgeonsLaw: The enclosed "World Editor" allows a creative player to create their own scenarios and maps for the game with a ''great'' deal of customization options. Unfortunately, many of them suck or are knockoffs or endless rehashings of the same type of map. Or all three.
** However, some of them are very well done. See: DefenseOfTheAncients, The Chosen Ones and ToTheBitterEnd.
* ThatOneLevel: The "Spirits of Ashenvale" mission of the first orc campaign in 3 where you have limited ressources and are tasked with harvesting huge amounts of lumber with the worst lumber gatherer in the game. The only gold available for mining is far away from your main base, so you need to raid enemy bases (and the units that are good against buildings are bad against units). Your unit options are limited to some melee units with an inefficient anti-air attack, the worst ranged unit in the game, and the enemy just loves attacking your harvesters with air units, and most damning of all, no way of healing your units. There ''is'' a way to get lumber faster, but it involves a ridiculously difficult battle against tough enemies, during which you will take heavy losses, which must be replaced at great cost. And adding insult to injury, the hero you start with is TheBerserker, and this entire mission (defending against impregnable bases) goes against everything he stands for.