- 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 has a place in Shiva temples in the South, thus making this trope Older Than Feudalism.
- 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 benevolent tyrant who helped Lanka flourish.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Hanuman
- God-Mode Sue: Very much a Tropes Are Not Bad example. Rama is literally a God in Human Form, and isn't ever seriously threatened by his enemies. No one's complaining.
- Except Rama's sons. When they hear his tale from Sage Valmiki, albeit with the names changed, they comment that Rama was cruel to Sita. Later they forgive him after they learn he is their father, somehow.