YMMV / Greyhawk

  • Author's Saving Throw: After Robilar's act of betrayal in From the Ashes, Rob Kuntz, his creator, called foul, claiming that Robilar, though flawed, would never turn on his companions. Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk revealed it to be the actions of an Evil Counterpart; the real Robilar is even visibly unimpressed by his doppelganger.
  • Broken Base: There are many fans who absolutely hate the changes wrought by From the Ashes and do not consider it canon, or otherwise dislike other parts of the setting, such as Expedition to the Barrier Peaks.
    • As D&D itself suffers increasing fragmentation, the debates between Greyhawk purists begin to seem insignificant. (What did or did not happen 20 years ago in an imaginary world is Serious Business!)
  • Complete Monster:
    • Iuz The Evil, the cambion child of the demon lord Graz'zt and the human witch Iggwilv. In his early career, Iuz rallied an army and launched a series of brutal campaigns that gave him the name 'Lord Of Pain'; that or the atrocities he committed on innocents. Eventually, Iuz gathered powerful sorcerers and drained them of life to add their powers to his in a path to godhood. Eventually becoming a demigod, Iuz ended up feared by all those who knew him, with no care towards either of his parents or any in his way. He eventually resorted to murdering his formerly loyal servants and replacing them with Fiends solely for convenience and power.
    • Likely the most dreaded and feared villain ever to grace the face of Oerth is Vecna, currently the God of Secrets and Lichdom. A once-human wizard who became the most feared of liches, Vecna's evil deeds could - and have - filled volumes. To give a notable example: in his conquest of the city of Fleeth, shortly after becoming a lich, the city officials begged for their lives, offering the whole city and their wealth in exchange for mercy. When Vecna wasn't satisfied with that offer, they offered their own lives. Vecna considered this, and gave one of them, Artau, and his family, to his lieutenant Kas, who tortured them to death in front of the other officials in an ordeal that lasted a day. Vecna then said he was still unsatisfied, and had every citizen in the city slaughtered except the remaining officials, forcing them to watch as he did, then had every victims' head stacked, with those belonging to the friends and families of the officials prominent. He never killed the surviving officials, claiming he was satisfied then, and allowed them to leave the city, saying they'd be under his protection for the rest of their lives - simply so they would live it with the horror they had seen. What truly sets Vecna apart from other evil gods is that no matter how powerful he becomes, he desires more, and like Lolth, cares nothing for anybody but himself. Unlike Lolth, he thinks on a far greater scale, and would unmake and consume reality (killing billions in the process) simply to remake it with himself as the only true god. (This was his actual plan in the epic module Die Vecna Die, but while he failed, the ramifications caused changes in the universe that explained the differences between the 2nd and 3rd editions of Dungeons & Dragons.)
  • Dude, Not Funny!: One of the main reasons WG7 Castle Greyhawk is so widely disliked in the fanbase is that so many of its jokes are Take Thats to Gary Gygax, who had recently left TSR, and to the earlier styles of dungeon design that TSR was attempting to move away from. The whole thing came off as less a loving poke worth a few chuckles and more a smear campaign steeped in company politics against the foundation of the entire hobby. That it took the name of Gygax's never-released Magnum Opus just made it even worse.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Graz'zt, Iggwilv, Eclavdra. Maybe Mordenkainen if you go for older guys. (Although Mordenkainen isn't really evil; he just does evil things sometimes.)
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans hate From The Ashes, as mentioned above. Name something that's set in Greyhawk after Gary Gygax left TSR and you'll find someone that hates it and doesn't consider it canon.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Wastri, the god of racism and amphibians, was always rightfully seen as a rather weird and silly deity. Then came 2016 and Pepe The Frog.
  • True Neutral: In earlier Greyhawk stories and adventures, a lot of emphasis was placed on some characters' obsession with preserving the balance, especially the archmage Mordenkainen.