These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Alternate Character Interpretation: The Grendels are a common target, often being seen as Ugly Cute and misunderstood. Often, they're manually bred or hand raised to be non-aggressive in order to match this portrayal.
Upon details of 4/Online being revealed, the altered Norn designs along with the Shee being revealed to be Rubber-Forehead Aliens has drawn a lot of flak.
In all the games, it was a pretty common point of contention whether or not Grendels were Always Chaotic Evil and deserved every second of the most torturous, sadistic deaths one could possibly dish out, or misunderstoodWoobies who are too often a victim. To be fair, wild Grendels in Creatures 3 gladly killed norns for fun and fell into the former, while Grendels in the first two games — along with custom-engineered genetic lines in all games — could easily be integrated into Norn populations without much risk.