YMMV / Ramayana

  • Badass Decay: Ravana has been changed in his portrayal of being a Big Bad to an Anti-Hero whose one weakness was kidnapping women that were not his. To be fair, some passages of Valmiki somewhat lead to this interpretation. See Draco in Leather Pants below, which perhaps makes this one of the oldest ones ever.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: 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 had a place in Shiva temples in the South, thus making this trope Older Than Feudalism. (You can see this in Sita Sings the Blues.)
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Hanuman.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Rama is this thanks to Values Dissonance. His treatment of Sita is terrible from doubting her fidelity despite her loyalty to him to only treating rescuing her as some kind of duty. The event of the Seventh Kandha only helps cements him into this trope.
  • The Woobie: Sita. Willingly get exiled for her love of Rama/Kidnapped by Ravanna. Was forced by the people to go through the Agni Pariksha. In one ending, she was exiled again by the very husband she willingly being exiled for the first time for because he is ashamed that she is kidnapped by Ravanna. Her final fate in that ending is raising her twin son scared, humiliated and alone, all because events she cannot control. The poor girl can't catch a break.