YMMV: Forgotten Realms

  • Anvilicious: The prologue to The Orc King features a group of murderous anti-orc bigots who go around in hoods and call themselves Casin Cu Calas—the CCC, for short.
  • Broken Base - Those who like the 4e Forgotten Realms as opposed to those who don't. Or vice versa depending on your point of view. In terms of sales, the group that dislikes the 4e version are "winning", if one can be said to win such arguments. Wizards of the Coast has recently announced that Ed Greenwood, the original creator of the setting, has been given the task of "revising" it for the upcoming 5th Edition, and its already been leaked that Greenwood's first job is to repair the damage done by the 4th Edition.
    • Base Breaker: Mystra. God all mighty, Mystra. There are two schools of thought on her; those who believe that she is the Realms, and those that believe she is everything wrong with the realms. One of the most popular questions asked post 4e is when will she come back? The two most popular answers are "In my game she never died " and "Hopefully never. " Interestingly, both sides generally agree that bringing her back would be a bad thing; those who were against her death have either given up on the setting already or treat it as discontinuity in their home games, and those who are for her death will have similar reactions to her being brought back.
      • Drizzt. Also, Drow PCs in general.
    • The Spellplague as a whole is yet another Base Breaker.
  • Complete Monster: See the section here.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Some of this with Mask and Vhaeraun—both gods of thieves, Mask is the Shadowlord while Vhaeraun is the Masked Lord and the Shadow, Vhaeraun is canonically mixed up with Mask on the surface, and the tail end of third edition gave them both limb loss, mother issues, and death.
  • Evil Is Cool - The Shadovar, the Drow...
  • Evil Is Sexy: Asmodeus is described as being the most handsome of all devils.
    • Beshaba also counts.
    • Averted with Lolth part of the time. In the retcon of her background developed for the Forgotten Realms, her original form after being cast down by Corellon was that of a bloated, hideous spider with an elf's head. But she frequently uses shape-shifting to invoke the trope.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With fans of Greyhawk in earlier years, then with those of Eberron.
  • Fanon - Discussions and interpretations taking place on the Forgotten Realms sections of the Official Wizards of the Coast D&D Messageboards
  • Fanon Dis Continuity - Many fans choose to ignore the developments in 4E, mostly on the grounds that the 4E setting is less an update and more a new setting. 4E arbitrarily replaced or laid waste to large stretches of the world-as-it-was, used a Time Skip to get rid of most of the mortal cast of characters, and killed off a large number of prominent gods, including Helm, Mystra, Elistraee and almost the entire drow pantheon.
  • Game Breaker - Some consider various high-level NPCs to be Game Breakers.
  • Internet Backdraft - Edition War discussions and debates.
  • Magnificent Bastard - Elaith "The Serpent" Craulnober, Jarlaxle, Lauzoril, Gromph Baenre...
    • Shadow dragon Aurgloroasa "The Sibilant Shade". Loves raiding in a shape of some rival dragon, who then receives dragonslayers. Spied upon a dwarven city 12 years before using their high priest as a puppet next 33 years and in 20 next years built with dwarven hands the temple, then got it consecrated to her deity (she's a priestess of dragon death god) and killed everyone in the city. Later she goaded the Cult of the Dragon to "find" and "seduce" her with riches exorbitant even by their standarts, only to get the ceremony subverted and turn into dracolich without their usual controls.
    • Cyric. Cyrinishad debacle, Trial of Cyric, Mystra's death, Helm's death, Tyr's eventual death, Kezef's freedom, the Spellplague...Yeah. Bastard indeed.
    • Obould Many-Arrows. He elevated the orcs from primitive tribals and cavemen into an remarkably sturdy and civilized society. He even became an exarch as a result!
  • Mary Sue: The Seven Sisters. In addition to having a buttload of character levels, being Chosen of Mystra gives them special benefits such as immortality, a 10+ bonus to constitution (negating the biggest weakness of arcane spellcasters), extra spells and immunity to one spell of each level, as well as access to the versatile Silver Fire ability. In particular, official profiles for Alustriel and Storm tend to emphasize that they have no personality flaws whatsoever, always make time for the little guy, and are beloved by everyone they encounter. Storm is even said to be so favored by Mystra that she's saved her from death several times, but to emphasize how special she is, Storm is said to not expect this help and to not think of herself as better than others because of it. Oh, and according to Ed Greenwood, they don't get fat when pregnant.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Roddy's morals were always certainly ambiguous, but his villainy isn't clearly established until he strangles Kellindil with his bare hands.
    • When Cyric slashed the tendons in a fleeing soldier's ankles and when he ruthlessly killed Midnight's halfling friend. The first could be forgiven by simply saying he had to do it to keep his cover, but the second is unforgivable.
    • Jarlaxle manipulated events to start a war over the port of Luskan. After the fighting was over, with tons of citizens dead and the city partially destroyed, he made sure that food was scarce by preventing the flow of supplies into the city, and starved the people of Luskan until they were ready to rebel against the new establishment and install Jarlaxle's associate as the next ruler. As Affably Evil as he may be, it's difficult to forgive him for this. The fact that one of the people whose death he causes is Deudermont does not make it any easier. The death toll from the initial war was stated at 4000, with hundreds more dying from the elements after the fact. It's explicit that a good portion of these deaths are civilians and children caught in the crossfire.
  • Propaganda Piece: The Cyrinishad takes this Up to Eleven, converting even gods who read it to Cyric's faith.
  • The Woobie - Shandril Shessair. When training as a Person of Mass Destruction is the only way that gives some chance to survive...
    • And then she eventually crosses the Despair Event Horizon in Hand of Fire and commits suicide. Convinced that she accidentally fried her true love, Narm Tamaraith, with a spellfire blast. (Hint: She didn't, and Alustriel had to lie her silver-haired hiney off to keep Narm from jumping off a cliff right after her when he finally woke up.) Great way to end the story, Ed. Really.