I've never had a person take a fall without a fight period. I've gotten puppy eyes, and pleads, and bribes, and everything between and beyond for people trying to keep their characters (though to be fair, it's usually a lot less in WoD games) bad rolls and all. I've had people roll abominably low time and time again with every chance I'd present and... well, you know, sometimes fate just dictates things.
Unfortunately I've actually had one person rage quit because of this, but usually it becomes something to laugh about later. Really, it does seem like reminiscing over certain moments--good or bad-- is more enjoyable than going through them for most players, haha...
And it is always fun to incorporate influences of their characters into different games; everyone seems to enjoy that. (But god help you if you make a mistake.)
... I can't tell if I've been playing with a particularly ornery crowd or not after reading through the thread, haha.