YMMV: Dragon Age

See the separate YMMV subpages for the individual installments of the franchise:

The games

The novels


The franchise as a whole

  • Broken Base:
    • The Qunari as a whole. Are they the Only Sane Man species of Dragon Age, or pretentious, self-righteous murderers who deserve to all die? Inquisition has fanned the flames of this as new insight from Iron Bull downplays several of the negatives.note 
    • Also the Dalish. Some respect their dedication to preserving their religion and culture, their refusal to bow to humans that would convert and subjugate them like their city elf brethren, and their commitment to holding out for a homeland. Others see them as an overly haughty, elitist, Cultural Posturing White-Dwarf Starlet race that cling too much to past glory, are overly hostile and distrusting to all non-Dalish (including fellow elves), and feel they are largely responsible for their own plight since they continually alienate anyone that might help them.
  • Complete Monster: See Dragon Age.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The Qunari society is seen by a large margin of players as superior to the others in the setting due to providing clear metrics of success and failure without ambiguity, being equal with everyone having the same prestige and place as well as being taken care of by the state. These fans also seem to downplay the bad elements of the Qun in their heads. No family, no opportunity to choose one's own role or path in life. You go where you are told and do what you are told. Personal happiness is not a concern. You should be happy in the Qun's role for you. If you are not, then there is no recourse because the problem is you.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With fans of CD Projekt RED's The Witcher adaptations over the protagonist choice, tone, and sexual content mostly. This was mostly in early in 2011, when Dragon Age 2 and The Witcher 2 both came out within the same time space of Early 2011.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Anyone who doesn't fall into the above entry generally gets along with Witcher fans over the differences and similarities between the franchises. They may even like playing both.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: A lot of people are drawing parallels between the Templars and Mage conflict to real-life issues of security vs. freedom. 1, 2, 3.
  • Woobie Species: After the elves had their homeland invaded, were enslaved, freed, had their homeland invaded again, and now are either second class citizens or living in the forest, with uneasy relations with humans, it's hard not to pity the elves. Though their descendants certainly suffer greatly, it's heavily implied that the attacks on the Dales weren't unprovoked. We're talking kidnapping human villages for blood sacrifices here. But, as always, no one in Thedas knows the truth, no matter how much they insist otherwise. Inquisition can shed some light on what happened at Red Crossing, which sparked the war against the Dales:note  Whether or not you feel the war was justified, there's no denying that most Thedas humans now consider the conflict little more than a footnote in their history books, while the entire elven race (outside Tevinter) is still being punished for it over 700 years later.