YMMV / Ramayana

  • Angst Aversion: Combine with Ending Aversion, a lot of readers have this attitude when hearing about the epic's Seventh Kandha or Uttarakandha... Where all the awesomeness is undone and Rama banishes Sita, turning the original Earn Your Happy Ending story into a huge bummer in the name of enforcing strict orthodoxy.
  • 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.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: A number of scholar and cultures reject the Seventh Kandha completely since the whole episode makes Rama... the "Perfect Man & King" look like a pushover, complete heel and total idiot, not only subverts a Happy Ending, it unintentionally subverts much of the Aesop and reads like a bizarro "What If?" story.
  • 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.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Rama is "forced" to banish Sita because of some false rumors spread by some misogynist Domestic Abuser washer-man. Rather than stand up for his wife and find a way to prove that she didn't mess-around with Ravana and thus make both the Kingdom and his family happy, he just wimps out and banishes her, thus giving credence to that washer-man's lie. This is apparently to show that a King should put Kingdom first, even if it means sacrificing his family note .
    • Rama has a man killed because the man was of a Lower Caste and performing austerities and devotions that were meant for Upper Caste people. This is to show that Caste Divisions are super-rigid and meant to be enforced note .
  • 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.