* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** Malkavians originally had Dominate, not Dementation, in the first edition, highlighting that the Camarilla Malkavians controlled minds while Sabbat's antitribu Malkavians broke them. Despite this, Dementation was popular among the players, leading to a table rule that players could choose either. In Revised edition, Dementation replaced Domination outright for the Camarilla Malkavians, enshrining the house rule and explaining it as the antitribu Malks pulling a massive prank that reawakened the true insanity of the clan.
** White Wolf eventually got wise to how insensitive their treatment of Gyspies had been and virtually wiped them out of the MetaPlot.
* BrokenBase:
** The MetaPlot. Even now almost ten years after the fact the fanbase is STILL split as to whether or not it made the setting as a whole more interesting, or [[{{Railroading}} unnecessarily shoehorned players and storytellers to utilize rules updates that reflect the changes to the setting]] just to buy more books or worse, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim out right destroyed many interesting player options and NPCs]] [[StuffedInTheFridge just to create drama and angst.]] This has led to [[InternetBackdraft full on edition wars]] because of it.
** Revised Era is generally agreed to be the worst offender, as while many enjoyed the mechanical changes, others thought they were needless complications (especially to the already bulky combat rules) such as the division of Bashing/Lethal/Aggravated damage rules and the dice splitting systems.
** Crossovers between the games are this as well. White Wolf was notorious for providing ways that games could crossover while being extremely unhelpful when it came to to actually place their rules or cosmologies together in a single cross over game. This has led to a sizeable number of fans who outright refuse to use the splats as written in one game interact with another as written in its own corebook. Such as The Garou from ''TableTopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' interacting with Awakened Magi from ''TableTopGame/MageTheAscension''. While others very much enjoy being able to play a Dreamspeaker mage fighting alongside (or against) a Silver Fang.
* ContinuityLockOut: As time went on, the backstory became increasingly thick and convoluted. The {{Metaplot}} did not help matters. The TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness was created because this issue began negatively affecting sales.
* ContinuitySnarl: There were quite a few retcons and quite a few mistakes. It's difficult to tell which is which.
* FanWank: Several actually got noticed by the authors and mentioned derisively in the canon, among them a male offshoot of a female only Vampire bloodline, and a "pact" or "understanding" between Gangrel and werewolves, undermining [[FurAgainstFang the usual state of affairs]].
* NightmareFuel:
** Specific examples in the Old WOD: the Baali and the Sabbat in ''Vampire'', the Black Spiral Dancers and the Wyrm in ''Werewolf'', the Nephandi and Marauders in ''Mage'', the Spectres and Oblivion in ''Wraith'', the Shadow Court in ''Changeling'', the Akuma and Yama Kings in ''Kindred Of The East''... It's pretty much easier mentioning which factions are NOT NightmareFuel.
*** More specific examples from [=oWoD=]: the Nosferatu, the Nicktuku (NightmareFuel ''even to the Nosferatu''), Followers of Set, the Giovanni, the Tzimisce and (to some extent) the Malkavians in ''Vampire'', the Banes, Fomori and Blackspiral Dancers in ''Werewolf'' and the Earthbound (and pretty much ''any'' high-Torment fallen) in ''Demon''.
* OldShame: The world's characterization of Romani, which got wiped out by AuthorsSavingThrow and relegated to OldShame.
* ValuesDissonance: Early depictions of [[EthnicScrappy Romani as thieves and vagabonds]].
** Most notably seen ''World of Darkness: Gypsies''. The goal of the book was to give the players the feel of the mythical Gypsies from the old Hammer/Universal Studios horror movies set in the modern day. The kind that travel around in caravans, wear scarfs and bright colors, [[UnfortunateImplications provide "exotic" romances, trick people and steal their stuff, and deliver terrible curses on those who wrong them...]] Never mind the fact that Romani are actual real life people and the supplement as a whole kind of read more like a primer on how to role play offensive stereotypes. It's been described as like releasing a supplement in which African-Americans get magic powers from eating fried chicken and listening exclusively to gangster rap.
** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheEternalStruggle'' gets in on it by having an ally card called Gypsies that receives +1 Stealth on all of its actions, going along with the "sneaky criminals" characterization.