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.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Concerning the 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.
    • 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 everyone... 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 .
      • And all this despite the fact that Sita already proved her faithfulness through the Agni Pariksha before the Kingdom. She survived being in a bonfire! Something like that would be big news all over! The whole episode makes Rama... the "Perfect Man & King" look like a pushover, complete heel and total idiot. The whole thing reads like a bizarro "What If?" story.
    • 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 .
    • Rama is considered the "Perfect Man & King" and Sita is considered "The Perfect Woman & Queen" and the Uttarakandha not only subverts a Happy Ending, it unintentionally subverts much of the Aesop. For these reasons, some reject the Seventh Kandha completely.
  • 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Hanuman.
  • 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.
    • If you apply Canon Discontinuity to the Seventh Kandha and reject it, however, the story ends with Rama and Sita living happily ever after. The stuff in the Seventh Kandha were due to one jerk's LIE. Giving credence to a slanderous lie seems a lot more Adharmic than Dharmic. Dharma is about Satya... which means TRUTH.