* 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.
* 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]].
* UnfortunateImplications: The ideal setting of the story is described, among other things, by stating that everyone performed their duty according to their respective ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varna_(Hinduism) varna]]'' and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashrama_(stage) asrama]]''. A certain ''Śūdra'' decides towards the end of the work to perform Vedic rites, which causes the death of a ''Brahmin''ís son; Rama then proceeds to [[OffWithHisHead decapitate]] the ''Śūdra'', and the gods produce a rain of flowers to show their satisfaction. Mind you, most of the ''Śūdra'' ''varṇa'' is composed of non-Aryans[[note]]the Indo-European group, not the allegedly Ďpure-bloodedí Germanic people[[/note]], and judging by the fact that the non-human races are actually [[SpaceJews thinly-veiled metaphors for non-Aryan peoples]] (as any textbook about the subject would tell you), and the way Sugrīva simply accepts it when Rama tells him he could hunt him (since being a monkey makes him fair game)... Well, letís just say this work isnít all that well-received among many non-religious and/or non-Aryan people.
** The epilogue of ''Ramayana'' deconstructs the very code it supposedly espouses. Rama is forced to part with his beloved wife Sita because of her "tarnished" reputation and in the end she decides she no longer loves him and leaves him forever.