- Alternate Character Interpretation: People have been arguing over whether Medea was justified or not for over two thousand years, and it doesn't look like it's gonna end any time soon.
- Jerkass Woobie: Medea, past her Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds phase.
- Values Dissonance: Medea would be a Villain Protagonist to us, if an extremely sympathetic one, but to Euripides and the chorus, she's just tragic. In both cases her acts (particularly the murder of her children, born of a foreigner or not) would have been unconscionable. This also applies to Jason.
- Vindicated by History: The play came in last in the Dionysia festival when it premiered.
- What an Idiot: Jason, for the following reasons:
- When Medea murdered her brother and cut him up into little chunks to save Jason, Jason was so awed by her devotion to him that he swore by the Twelve Gods of Olympus that he would stay with her forever. It does not occur to Jason that dumping his devoted wife is thusly a direct insult to the heads of the pantheon, who would find a way to arrange a punishment;
- When Medea was influenced to fall in love with Jason, she not only abandoned her family and sacrificed everything she had but killed some of them to protect Jason from pursuit, and uses trickery and violence to solve nearly every problem he has. It does not occur to Jason that dumping his devoted wife will redirect her violent tendencies onto himself;
- Medea is the granddaughter of a friggin' sun god (from which she had inherited the power to drive enemies mad with a look), a Mama Bear, an incredibly skilled healer and foreign born, the latter meaning her children would risk being sold into slavery if she's dumped. It does not occur to Jason that putting her children at risk of a Fate Worse Than Death would cause her to protect her children the only way she could see and punish him.
- This one is shared with the Corinthians in general and their king in particular: they had seen her abilities when she saved them from a famine... And convinced Jason to dump her in spite of knowing well she was incredibly powerful.