* BadassDecay: Ravana has been changed in his portrayal of being a BigBad to an AntiHero whose one weakness was kidnapping women that were not his. To be fair, some passages of Valmiki somewhat lead to this interpretation. See DracoInLeatherPants below, which perhaps makes this one of the oldest ones ever.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Ravana, believe it or not! Numerous alternative versions (Kamban's for eg.) show him as a king esteemed for his knowledge, fighting prowess and talent in the arts and he's has a place in Shiva temples in the South, thus making this trope OlderThanFeudalism.
** Sri Lanka, Ravana's kingdom, is also a real place, and the island has its own version of the Ramayana. Ravana was seen as a [[http://www.srilanka.travel/ravana benevolent tyrant who helped Lanka flourish]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Hanuman
* GodModeSue: Very much a TropesAreNotBad example. Rama is literally a GodInHumanForm, and [[ShowyInvincibleHero isn't ever seriously threatened by his enemies]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome No one's complaining]].
** Except Rama's sons. When they hear his tale from Sage Valmiki, albeit with the names changed, they comment that [[FromTheMouthsOfBabes Rama was cruel to Sita]]. Later [[EasilyForgiven they forgive him after they learn he is their father, somehow]].