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.
  • 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.