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    Ramayana cast 


Wife of Rama and reincarnation of Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune.

  • The Almighty Dollar: Lakshmi was a wealth goddess whose symbol was a gold coin.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Sita's chastity was so untainted, by deed or thought, that she could have incinerated Ravana with its power. She didn't, though, because cosmos, battle between good and evil, army of monkeys, reincarnation, fate, etc.
  • Call on Me: After Sita was falsely accused of adultery, again, she asked her mother, the earth goddess, to take her home. She did, opening a giant chasm in the ground that swallowed Sita's mortal body whole before a crowd of horrified onlookers.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She was not intimidated in the slightest by Ravana's threats or blandishments- not in all the months she was kept captive. Or by sharing Rama's punishment of exile to the wilderness.
    Agni: Rama, she is purer than I am.

    Mahabharata cast 


Avatar of Vishnu, reincarnation of Rama, and husband of Radha/Rukmini.

  • Foil: To his past incarnation, oddly enough. Where Rama was solemn and pragmatic, Krishna is playful and unashamedly compassionate. He is also a lot more aware of his role in the cosmos.
  • Friend to All Living Things: While driving Arjuna's chariot during the Kurukshetra War, Krishna noticed that his horses were thirsty and conjured a lake on the battlefield so they could have a drink. With Arjuna providing cover fire, Krishna untacked the horses and let them refresh themselves before fighting on.
    • On the other hand, he had played a role in Agni (Fire) devouring a forest... creatures and all.
  • Pals with Jesus: He is close friends with the demigod Pandavas (the Mahabharata's protagonists) and appears most often as their confidant. The Pandavas instinctively know his identity and respect him as the real prime mover behind events.
  • The Unfettered: Being biologically unrelated to the Kauravas, he is allowed to criticize their villainy in ways the Pandavas are not. Also, he knows for a fact that the Kurukshetra war is coming- and its necessity to the cosmos- so he feels less guilty about being part of it than the mortals do.


Pandu's first wife; the mother of Karna and the Pandavas Yudhisthira, Bheema, and Arjuna.


Pandu's second wife and the mother of Pandavas Nakula and Sahadeva.

  • Fatal Flaw: Insecurity over being the second wife always gnawed at Madri, though she tried to control it.
  • More Expendable Than You: She persuades Kunti to live on alone using the reasoning that their sons need a mother, and if Madri stayed alive, she wouldn't love them equally. Kunti would, so they need her more.
  • Parental Favoritism: She always loved her sons more than the other children of Pandu, and everyone knew it.



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