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[[caption-width-right:299:There's something in the wind...]]

->''"Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?"''

1995's ''Pocahontas'' is the 33rd entry in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. It is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory inspired by true events]], specifically by John Smith's rewrite of Pocahontas' life, which she herself vehemently denied. It takes the old legend of [[UsefulNotes/{{Pocahontas}} the Native American girl]] who supposedly saved the life of Englishman John Smith and turns it into a musical with few roots in the historical record, giving Pocahontas a significant age upgrade as well as romantic interest in John Smith. It literally has more [[JustForPun roots]] in fantasy, in fact a supporting character is a talking willow tree.

The film centers around Pocahontas, who has been promised to the best warrior of the tribe by her father Chief Powhatan, but she senses she has a greater purpose in life than this. When English settlers arrive to form the Jamestown colony, she meets the idealistic John Smith, the one member of the group who is interested more in adventure and the beauty of the land than the gold said to lie in it, which Governor Ratcliffe exhorts the others to dig up. Each an outcast among his/her own people, they fall in love.

But both groups are intensely mistrustful of the other -- the Native Americans fear the English will ravage their land and people; the English regard themselves superior to the "savage" natives. When a rendezvous between the lovers leads to the death of her intended at the hands of a settler, John Smith is captured and sentenced to die by Powhatan, and (utterly convinced that the natives hide the gold) Ratcliffe intends to use this as the perfect excuse to exterminate the natives. Only Pocahontas can save both worlds.

A DirectToVideo sequel was released in 1998, ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld'', that applied similar fictionalization to Pocahontas' later life, namely her journey to England and marriage to John Rolfe.

If you're looking for the RealLife Pocahontas, click on the UsefulNotes page.

!!This film contains examples of:

* AdaptationalModesty: The real Pocahontas would have most likely been topless.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The opening song mentions "[[JoinTheArmyTheySaid Glory, God, and Gold]]" as the settlers' motivation.
* AerithAndBob: John and Pocahontas. Of course, to Pocahontas, it's the other way around.
* AgeLift: Pocahontas was significantly younger - somewhere between ten and twelve when she first met John Smith. Her age is not stated in the film but she is clearly a young woman. The filmmakers knowingly aged her up in order to make the story work.
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: [[MamaBear Playing with a mother bear's cubs right in front of her? That's a brilliant idea!]]
* AllThereInTheScript: [[UsefulNotes/ClosedCaptioning Closed captions]] in television airings inform us of what Meeko means to say.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: [[spoiler: John Smith sails back to England to seek medicine for his gunshot wound - which would be a months long voyage. In reality he ''did'' sail back to England]].
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The natives' view of the settlers, and the other way around. Bonus points as the Indians view the settlers' use of firearms as BadPowersBadPeople.
* AngryMobSong: "Savages! Savages! Barely even human!"
* AnimalReactionShot: After the magic of the Virginia woods eliminates the language barrier between John Smith and Pocahontas, Meeko and Flit both share a JawDrop and a stunned exchange of looks.
* AnswerCut: There's [[PlayingWithATrope an interesting take on this]] in the opening sequence.
--> '''John Smith:''' I've seen hundreds of new worlds, Thomas. What could possibly be different about this one? \\
''[[[CharacterTitle Cue Title Card]]]''
* AntagonisticGovernor: Governor Ratcliffe, leader of the English expedition in Virginia. Racist, classist, and an all-around asshole. [[KarmaHoudini Manages to escape punishment]] after the events of the first movie because of his [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections social status]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney wealth.]]
* ArcWords: "Listen with your heart."
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Pocahontas stops Powhatan from [[spoiler:executing John Smith]], she asks what his path would be. It causes Powhatan to [[spoiler:order his men to stand down and release John Smith]].
* ArrangedMarriage: Kocoum asks for Pocahontas' hand and her father betroths her to him - she has no say in it.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Flit the hummingbird gulps an entire raspberry at one point. Not only do hummingbirds in reality only eat nectar and nothing but nectar, but even if they ''would'' be able to eat solid food, it would have to be in much smaller chunks than an entire raspberry, which would kill Flit by asphyxiation.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: This story is set in coastal Virginia, but there are mountains and thick pine forests. While there are certainly mountains in Virginia, they're hundreds of miles away from the coast... which is quite flat and swampy.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Pretty much done intentionally. The filmmakers said they were more interested in adapting the legend of Pocahontas than being historically accurate. For one thing, they knowingly made her older.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: John Smith's matchlock rifle is somehow still lit after he ''jumps through a waterfall''. (A match cord can be hard to light or keep lit if it's just ''damp'', so even ''approaching'' a strong waterfall would probably be a bad idea.)
* AsideGlance: Two woodland critters give each other a bored one after Grandmother Willow makes an IncrediblyLamePun.
* TheAtoner: Both John Smith and Thomas come to mind, the latter one only after his HeelRealization.
* AwardBaitSong: "Colors of the Wind", which won the Oscar.
** And the song "If I Never Knew You", which was cut from the theatrical release.
* BadPowersBadPeople: Firearms + white people equals ''evil'', according to Kekata.
* BareYourMidriff: Nakoma.
* BecomingPartOfTheImage: Ratcliffe does this with a painting of King James during the song "Mine, Mine, Mine". The result is Ratcliffe's face replacing that of King James on the painting. Unlike most other examples, he does it on purpose.
* BerserkButton:
** Steal Percy's food, or just mess with him in general, and he will get ''[[HairTriggerTemper very]]'' [[HairTriggerTemper angry]]. Being the movie's ButtMonkey and DesignatedVillain will make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption inevitably fail]] at getting revenge, but you should at least be prepared for [[ChaseScene some running]].
* BigBad: Governor Ratcliffe, obviously. Alternatively he could be called a BigBadWannabe: he is set up to pose a serious threat, but is neutralized in the end.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Several for Pocahontas and John. Most iconically, their first kiss next to Grandmother Willow, but the very last one could also count.
* BigEater: Meeko, who gobbles on food in most scenes he's in. [[BerserkButton Much to Percy's annoyance]].
* BigGood: Grandmother Willow is the wise spirit that Pocahontas goes to for guidance.
* BigNo:
** [[spoiler:Pocahontas just as Powhatan is about to kill John in the climax.]]
** Shortly afterwards, John does one as he [[spoiler:notices Ratcliffe aiming his musket at Powhatan and promptly shoves the chief out of the way, taking the bullet instead]].
* BilingualBonus: Every Native American word and sentence in this movie was [[ShownTheirWork a real word in the lost Powhatan language]], although the implied grammar is mostly guessed.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: John takes a bullet meant for Chief Powhatan, and must sail back to England for medicine. Pocahontas realises she's needed with people, so the lovers can't be together. However Ratcliffe is removed from power, and things between the settlers and natives are slightly better now]].
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Played straight at the extremes: Pocahontas is good, John develops into good, Ratcliffe is bad. Every single other character is some tint of {{grey|AndGrayMorality}}.
* BloodlessCarnage: Several characters are shot, sometimes fatally (in [[spoiler: Kocoum's]] case), with no blood or other visible sign of injury. This leads to a case of {{Narm}} with the "Savages" verse "I wonder if they even bleed" because... they ''don't''.
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:''' But Christian Bale is ever at the ready, and manages to shoot Kocoum right in the... um... spirit?
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM4NStElEfs original ending]] of "Mine, Mine, Mine" was cut because it was too shocking for test audiences.
* BreakTheCutie: Thomas is an innocent boy at the start of the film, but is exposed to the realities of war pretty early on [[spoiler: and even marks the first kill of the conflict]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone much to his horror]]. However this also results in CharacterDevelopment [[spoiler: as he challenges Ratcliffe at the end]].
* BreakTheHaughty: For John Smith. It results in some remarkable character development in which he drops his xenophobia. Governor Ratcliffe, when faced with the same lesson as John Smith (love transcends cultural differences and other cultures are to be respected in order to preserve peace) realistically blocked out and snapped.
* BookEnds: Disney goes back to its roots here, opting for more appropriate parchment instead of a storybook. The first shot of the film is a parchment drawing of London harbour. The final shot features a drawing of a cliff in Virginia.
* ButtMonkey:
** It would seem that pretty much the entire universe started to completely hate Percy the pug as soon as he landed in America. He's quite frequently tripping, falling from high heights, or smashing into things, all because he happens to be the [[DesignatedVillain villain's dog]] [[spoiler:at least before he switches owners]]. However, no one likes torturing him more than Meeko the raccoon. Whenever Percy has the chance to eat something, Meeko is always there to snatch it away from him. On one occasion, after he hordes a pile of bones intended for the two of them to share, Meeko [[ThrowTheDogABone offers a single bone to Percy.]] Then he breaks it and offers him a ''smaller'' piece, before finally [[YankTheDogsChain eating it just as Percy was about to grab it]]. What a bastard.
** And Flit, who despite his caution and practical edge, is often comically abused by Meeko. Almost ''drowns'' within a minute of being introduced. John Smith later catches him in a cookie, which was virtually inescapable for him.
** Thomas throughout 3/4 of the movie--he nearly drowns (mere minutes into the movie), is clumsy, can't shoot and is manipulated by Ratcliffe. Even when he thinks he's doing right by [[spoiler:shooting Kocoum to save John's life]], he only manages to make things worse.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Pocahontas does this [[spoiler: while her people are ready to fight the English]].
* CartoonyTail: Meeko has a tail that looks really thick at the base and tapers to a fine point, whereas real raccoons usually [[http://theodorafur.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/001.83174138_std.JPG have tails with a blunt tip or have one that at least doesn't taper so much]]. To be fair, a raccoon's tail can taper to a fine point, but most raccoons' tails do not look that thick at the base.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:"But there is no gold!"]]
* ChekhovsGun: Pocahontas' dream of a spinning arrow comes into play when she is unsure of what to do during John Smith's impending execution. She then looks at his compass which she has been carrying, and it spins wildly until it points to the direction he is in, allowing her to finally follow her destiny.
* ChekhovsLecture: John Smith tells Thomas to keep "Both eyes open" while shooting to shoot straight. Thomas whispers that advice while taking aim at Kocoum.
* TheChewToy: Flit and Percy.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Our heroine. Unusually for the trope though, she is the central character, and not any more attractive than the rest of her people.
* CloserToEarth:
** Pocahontas and John Smith. By comparison, the rest of her tribe is just as aggressive and violent as the settlers; their leaders and warriors are returning from a successful battle/war when we first see them.
** Also, the Powhatan are depicted this way when compared to the settlers. They wage battles, but overall they have more respect for nature (OneWithNature) and are not taking from others. Ostensibly, like their real life counterparts, the first battle was a result of conflict - they were not expansionists or conquerers. At no point are they depriving others of basic necessities or detroying natural resources in pursuit of a (highly valued but) practically useless mineral. (Within the movie, the pursuit of gold is depicted as a distinctly inane cause with no basis in fact, and irrational and offensive motivation.) The Chief says he would seek peace if the settlers would talk and listen, (rational and wise), but anytime the natives go near their camp, even just to look, they get shot at. Meanwhile Ratcliffe has no grayness, shoots first and never asks questions, he will never negotiate.
* ColorCodedPatrician: Ratcliffe's purple. Purple was the color of nobility. In the Disney universe, purple is also a sign of villainy.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Smith:''' Pocahontas, that tree is talking to me...\\
'''Pocahontas:''' Then you should talk back.
** That's a good example of Native humor, though.
* ConspicuousCG: [[WiseTree Grandmother Willow's]] face and some of the canoes were animated with painfully obvious and noticeable CG.
* ConspicuousConsumption: Ratcliffe envisions himself wearing a suit of armor made of solid gold, beset with gemstones.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ratcliffe. Violate social ethics? Check. Devastate mother Nature? Check. Cross the MoralEventHorizon? Even before the movie properly started.
* CounterpointDuet: More like Counterpoint Trio with Chorus--"Savages (Part 2)" has the settlers vs. the Native Americans vs. Pocahontas.
* CriticalResearchFailure: InUniverse. Governor Ratcliffe seems to be under the impression that gold is as common an element in the New World as dirt, to the point where he doesn't even set his men to digging into rock (where one normally finds gold veins). He literally just starts digging at the landing site and expects to find gold immediately. Ironically, the sailors unwittingly {{lampshade|Hanging}} this in the opening sea shanty:
-->''"For the New World is like heaven\\
And we'll all be rich and free\\
Or so we have been told\\
By the Virginia Company"''
* CutToTheFunny: Sometimes while characters are talking, such as when Ratcliffe discusses his operation with his assistant, the cute animals in the movie are performing funny antics.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to most earlier Disney films, for three reasons.
## "Savages" is the most brutal and intense song that addresses the themes of othering, xenophobia, and genocide.
## [[spoiler: The killing of Kocoum is one of Disney's few onscreen human character deaths.]]
## Near the end of the movie, John Smith sacrifices himself by throwing himself in front of Chief Powhatan and gets wounded in the process, leading to a {{Bittersweet Ending}} instead of the standard Disney happy ending.
* DawnAttack: After Thomas kills Kocoum and the Powhatans capture John Smith, Chief Powhatan and Governor Ratcliffe each announce plans to attack their opposition at sunrise.
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Kocoum. Though to be fair, he was actually killed by Thomas, who did it to save John.]]
* DisneyAcidSequence: "Colors of the Wind" goes into surreal images to show Pocahontas telling John about the wonders of her homeland.
* DisneyFication: The film shredded everything we know about the historical Pocahontas. For one thing, she was between 10 and 12 years old when she first met John Smith, making a romantic relationship unlikely at best. Her father had fifty wives and many children. She was taken to Jamestown as a hostage and married before her trip to London, and no Armada was threatening to annihilate her people. John Smith was not a Prince Charming type, but in fact an unattractive, short man with a giant woolly beard. The only bit they got right was her saving Smith from execution, and even that is considered by some historians to be the enactment of a ritual (and thus Smith wasn't in any real danger). [[UnreliableNarrator Still other historians suspect Smith of making up the entire story, since it doesn't appear until he wrote his memoirs, four years after her ''death'']]. And she didn't actually marry John Smith. She married John Rolfe. In real life, John Smith was more of a father-type figure to her than a love interest.
* Franchise/DisneyPrincess: Pocahontas is officially included in this line-up.
* DescriptionCut: Immediately after Powhatan expresses his hopes that the settlers will leave, Governor Ratcliffe christens Jamestown.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Native American Indians of the film are perpetually barefoot except for a few pairs of moccasins. There's even a brief closeup of Pocahontas' feet at the start of the song [[IWantSong "Just Around the Riverbend"]] as she is climbing into her canoe.
* TheDogBitesBack: After spending the whole movie being a ButtMonkey and bullied by Ratcliffe, [[spoiler:Thomas refuses to open fire, and after Ratcliffe shoots John, Thomas orders the others to chain Ratcliffe up and gag him.]]
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: During [[spoiler:Kocoum's death]]. As he goes down, he grabs he grabs at the necklace around Pocahontas' neck, shattering it. It got fixed at the very end, though.
* DramaticWind: And how! The heroine is almost constantly followed by winds that artistically blow leaves around. According to Wikipedia, this wind actually represents the guiding spirit of her MissingMom. Russell Means, who voiced Powhatan, points out that wind ''is'' a powerful spiritual force in many Native American worldviews.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Wiggins hits the nail on the head for why the Native Americans attacked the Englishmen while they were digging for their gold. This astonishingly accurate assumption is ignored because Ratcliffe thinks that the Indians are hoarding the gold for themselves and don't want the English to take it. Ironically the Native Americans weren't even attacking -- Chief Powhatan's command was to observe them, not engage.
* EasilyForgiven: After Meeko consoles Percy during his [[HeroicBSOD BSOD]] moment, they become "[[WithFriendsLikeThese friends]]", and all of Meeko's previous [[ManipulativeBastard trolling]] is immediately forgotten about.
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Savages" is the final song of the film, happening right before the Powhatans and the English go to war.
* EmpathyPet: Meeko and Flit for Pocahontas, Percy for Ratcliffe (who does a genuinely touching HeelFaceTurn and becomes hers). Granted, Percy was never really a perfect parallel to Ratcliffe in the first place.
* EpicTrackingShot: The first shot of Pocahontas is one of these, zooming in and up to focus on her face as she stands on a clifftop.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Three of them in the same scene. Thomas is washed overboard because of his clumsiness. John promptly jumps overboard after him, saying the rest of the crew would do the same for him. Then Ratcliffe comes along, gives a resounding speech in front of the men, and proceeds to demean them when alone with Percy and Wiggins.
* EvilBrit: Ratcliffe, obviously. But averted with the rest of the settlers, who are shown in greyer light.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:When Powhatan opts not to kill John Smith and the rest of his tribe stands down in an act of peace, Ratcliffe immediately sees it as a chance for him and his men to attack. The rest of his crew spell it out to him that they don't want to fight, but he refuses to listen, snags a rifle and attempts to shoot Chief Powhatan in cold blood. John Smith intervenes and gets shot by the bullet instead, and Ratcliffe acts genuinely shocked that Smith would sacrifice his life like that.]]
* EvilGloating: Meeko does this ''all the time''. Unlike most who practice this, Meeko is able to get away with it and still win.

* FailureIsTheOnlyOption:
** The English colonists' mission to amass gold was destined to fail from the outset, due to Virginia having a complete lack of the resource they were seeking.
** Also, due to his double status as ButtMonkey and DesignatedVillain, Percy can't win in anything, especially eating.
** The natives' attempt to resist the invasion is equally doomed.
* FantasyAmericana: Although this movie leans more towards MagicRealism, this trope is still present. A willow tree contains a wise spirit who gives guidance, and Pocahontas has distinctive shamanic powers.
* FatBastard: Ratcliffe, naturally.
* FeudalOverlord: Governor Ratcliffe. He orders the settlers to build a fortress, burn down trees and attack the natives, all to dig up gold which isn't actually present. He didn't have permission by any member of the royal family to do this.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: The death of [[spoiler:Kocoum]] has very little effect on most of the characters. While the heroine is seen mourning shortly after the event, it's not because of his death but because of Smith's impending execution. [[spoiler:Thomas]] shows little emotion over just having killed someone, and Chief Powhatan, [[spoiler:who had thought especially highly of Kocoum]], does not seem too concerned about finding the real murderer after Smith is let go. The only character who really shows any [[HeroicBSOD substantial emotion]] about this death is Percy. Can be justified as the movie doesn't really have time to explore everyone's feelings about [[spoiler:the loss of Kocoum]], especially in light of John's impending execution and preparations of war between the settlers and Powhatan's tribe.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Before the opening title even comes on, we see a rat boarding the ship at the same time as Ratcliffe, just in case you couldn't already tell he was evil by [[ObviouslyEvil the way he dressed and acted.]]
** [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Ratcliffe pumps up the crew's morale incredibly easily after the storm]], which paves the way for how easily he turns them into bloodthirsty racists at the climax.
** This verse from "Just Around the Riverbend":
--->'''Pocahontas''': ''I look once more''\\
''Just around the riverbend'',\\
''Beyond the shore'',\\
'''Somewhere past the sea''',\\
''Don't know what for''...
** [[StarCrossedLovers Oh yes, you know]]...
** As Kekata is treating Namantek's gunshot wound, he says "this wound is strange to me". This foreshadows that [[spoiler: John Smith's only hope to survive his own shot wound is to sail back to England]].
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Pocahontas has two animal sidekicks and loves all animals. This is exploited by Ratcliffe in the second movie, to the former's detriment.
* GoThroughMe: Near the end, when Pocahontas shields John Smith from the attempted blows of her father's club:
-->'''Pocahontas:''' If you kill him, you'll have to kill me, too!\\
'''Powatan:''' Daughter, stand back!!\\
'''Pocahontas:''' I ''won't''! I love him, Father.
* GoldFever: The plot is fuelled by Governor Ratcliffe's GoldFever, as it's his desire to outdo "the gold of Cortez, the jewels of Pizarro" that gets him to lead the journey to America, and over time he becomes more and more paranoid that the Powhatans are secretly hoarding the gold.
* GreenAesop: The best-known song, "Colors of the Wind", hammers it home.
* GrewASpine: After being generally incompetent and obedient throughout most of the story, Thomas [[spoiler:stands up to Ratcliffe at the end and takes command after John is shot]].
* HairTriggerTemper: Percy is very quick to anger, but he has a longer fuse than most people on the list. Plus, there is generally a very good reason for him to get angry.
* HandGagging: Pocahontas hushes Nakoma this way when John Smith approaches.
* HateSink: Ratcliffe, exhibiting some of the worst traits of greed, xenophobia, and ignorance to be found among the settlers.
* HeldGaze: Pocahontas and John Smith share the romantic variant of the trope when they first meet and Smith lowers his gun in awe of her beauty as Pocahontas gazes into his eyes curiously.
* HeroicBSOD: Percy gets one after witnessing a talking tree and a murder in quick succession.
* TheHighQueen: Implied about Pocahontas's deceased mother. Part of Pocahontas's growth is learning to someday become one too.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade:
** John Smith becomes a heroic explorer and all-round good guy - though he is shown as ignorant and in need of learning AnAesop or two. In real-life he is widely believed to be a fraud.
** John Rolfe is also presented as a generally positive, if flawed, character. I reality he married Pocahontas for political reasons after he kidnapping, and sold many of her tribes-people into slavery after her death.
** The Powhatan too when you take into consideration what they did to the real Ratcliffe and the fact that they captured him by inviting him to a gathering and promising him, a starving man, corn.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The real Ratcliffe wanted to trade with the Native Americans, not to rob them. He was eventually captured and tortured to death by the Powhatan.
* IndianMaiden: Pocahontas of course, representing the calming force behind her father. Although she herself is the central character, rather than her father.
* InnocentBigot: John Smith at first. He talks about how amazing it will be to bring the advances of the British Empire over to the Virginia Colony and teach the natives to live and use the land "properly." Pocahontas is not impressed. Also combined with DiggingYourselfDeeper.
* InstantMarksmanJustSqueezeTrigger: John Smith gives the inexperienced Thomas advice on how to handle his gun, including a gentle reminder to "keep both eyes open". This becomes an IronicEcho when [[spoiler:Thomas shoots Kocoum]].
* IronicEcho: "And he came so highly recommended."
* IsItSomethingYouEat: Meeko's reaction to being handed a gold coin, and a compass.
* IWantSong:
** "Just Around the Riverbend" for Pocahontas. She doesn't seem to know ''what'' she wants, except the feeling of not knowing what's coming; something she won't have if she marries Kocoum.
** "Mine, Mine, Mine" combines this with a VillainSong for Ratcliffe, serving as a counterpoint to John Smith's purer intentions. Just to make things odd, Ratcliffe seems to be saying he'll take everything they dig up for himself, but the men of the company find the song inspiring, since they seem to understand 'mine!' as a command.
* JawDrop: Meeko and Flit do this when witnessing Pocahontas' newfound translation powers.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ratcliffe, and Meeko's behavior toward Flit and especially Percy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ben is a bit of a {{Jerkass}} and usually busts everyone's chops, but he's one of the first to agree to help John when they think he's in danger. [[spoiler: He's also quick to stand up to Ratcliffe at the end]].
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: Why the settlers go to the New World in the first place; [[TruthInTelevision that is accurate]].

* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Kocoum marks the first time a human main character is killed off in a Disney film.]]
* KleptomaniacHero: Meeko's kleptomania is mostly limited towards food or anything that [[IsItSomethingYouEat looks like it could be food]].
* LamePunReaction: Grandmother Willow: "My bark is worse than my bite." ...[[AnimalReactionShot Even the owls]] gave an exasperated glance at each other with that one.
* LanguageOfLove: Sort of. Pocahontas is able to instantly become fluent in English as a result of "listening with her heart".
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Surprisingly, ''Meeko'' of all people pulls one off by stopping Flit from interfering with our protagonists' relationship.
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* MadeOfIron:
** Despite all of the physical abuse and malnutrition [[ButtMonkey Percy]] undergoes in the films, he still manages to always look perfectly healthy.
** John Smith also qualifies. After [[HeroicSacrifice taking a bullet]] for Chief Powhatan, he survives a several-month-long voyage back to England before receiving proper medical care. And then he survives 17th-century [[WorstAid European medical care]]. Something which actually ''did'' happen in real life.
* ManipulativeBastard: Ratcliffe's justification for war is very believable.
* MeaningfulEcho: Not quite direct, but possibly intentional. When John rescues Thomas at the beginning, he says to the rest of the men, "Of course, any of you would do the same for me." When John is taken prisoner, Thomas says they have to rescue him as "he'd do the same for any of us."
* TheMountainsOfIllinois: Either the filmmakers didn't do the research on the Tidewater/Coastal Plains region of Virginia, where the movie takes place, or they did, but but didn't care. Because, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin like the name "Coastal Plains" implies]], the area doesn't have any mountains or cliffs.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Upon seeing Pocahontas kissing John Smith, Kocoum's first response was to try killing his rival for Pocahontas.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Thomas informs the colony that they've taken John prisoner and the men gear up for war, not simply a rescue mission, his face throughout "''Savages''" pretty much [[OhCrap says it all]].
* NaiveNewcomer: Thomas, who appears to be the youngest man in the group. By a very loose interpretation of this trope, arguably the rest of the English colonists qualify as well. They were greatly misinformed or uninformed about the realities of the New World.
* TheNativeRival: Kocoum, mainly because he's annoyed at John Smith for getting romantically involved with his intended bride. He ends up getting killed by Thomas (John Smith's friend) while trying to murder Smith.
* NeutralFemale: Pocahontas tries in vain to avert this during the fight between John Smith and Kocoum.
* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler:After accidentally shooting John, Ratcliffe refuses to accept blame for his actions. When the settlers bound, chain and gag him in preparation for return to England for treason, he angrily tells that ''they're'' the ones committing treason.]]
* NiceHat: Thomas's floppy green beret may not be fancy, but he's never seen without it and it is nice enough that John bothers to retrieve it from the sea when he's rescuing Thomas. There's a shot of him giving it back once they're both safely back on deck.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Thomas shoots Kocoum, which leads to the Indians capturing John and planning to execute him the next morning. Thomas tells the settlers and Ratcliffe decides to attack.]]
* NobleSavage: Part of the point. Only Pocahontas herself plays it completely straight, considering the film begins with her people returning from a successful war against a rival tribe. Even so, her people do seem to be just as InHarmonyWithNature as she is.
* NonActionGuy: Wiggins, particularly evident when you compare him to the other settlers, who are all manly looking.
* NotDrawnToScale: The masts of the settlers' ship TOWER over the giant hardwoods of Virginia.
* NotSoDifferent: The natives and the settlers. A fairly dark example, considering our first view of the natives is their warriors returning from having "defeated the Massowomecks" and the ending [[spoiler:only avoided being a massacre because both sides launched their sneak attacks at the same time. Also, the leads were too popular to ignore their wishes]]. Lampshaded when both of them sing a similar song (in fact "Savages" can be considered this trope in song form, as much for some of the expressions and animation choices as for the lyrics).
* NubileSavage: Pocahontas looks like a supermodel, despite doing all sorts of athletic things in the environment.
* OffModel:
** In the scene where Pocahontas and John Smith kiss and Meeko stops Flit from interfering, Flit's wings are missing.
** Earlier in the movie, when Meeko starts banging John Smith's compass, when Smith yells "Hey!" [[FreezeFrameBonus pausing at the right time shows]] Smith's mouth open so big it's [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]].
** There's one point where the back of Pocahontas's hair isn't visible through the gap between her arm and hips.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: The end of "Savages (Reprise)."
-->'''Men:''' Now we sound the drums...of... \\
'''Pocahontas:''' (Is the death of all I love carried in the drumming of...?) \\
'''Men:''' WAR!
** Pocahontas actually adds on to this with her BigNo just afterward; although she shouts in protest, in stopping the battle between her tribe and the Jamestown settlers, she answers her own question.
* OneHeadTaller: Highlighted in the "Colors of the Wind" number. Pocahontas and John Smith send eagles up to the top of a tree with John Smith's eagle being one head taller than Pocahontas's eagle. This leads into a [[MatchCut Match Fade]] of Pocahontas and John Smith themselves following the trope.
* OneSteveLimit: Ratcliffe's first name was John too, but he's only ever called by his last. Possibly to distinguish him from John Smith.
* OnlyOneName: Basically every character except John. Every other character is referred to either by only their first name (such as Pocahontas, Thomas, Ben and Lon) or their surname (such as Ratcliffe or Wiggins).
* OpeningChorus: "The Virginia Company" in the pre-credit sequence.
* OscarBait: Disney hoped ''Pocahontas'' would score a Best Picture nomination like ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', hence the (by Disney standards) "serious" tone. It didn't take and, while the film got two Oscars for its music, Disney never lobbied to get a Best Picture nomination again.

* PerpetualFrowner: Percy in the beginning of the series. [[CharacterDevelopment He grows out of it, though]]. Kocoum as well, so much so that when Nakoma expresses attraction towards him, Pocahontas sarcastically remarks his best feature is his smile.
* PicturePerfectPresentation: The movie starts with a woodcut of London Harbor that transitions to the harbor in-animation, zooming in on the dock where the colonists are boarding and loading their ship. It ends with a shot of Pocahontas on the cliff, watching John Smith's ship heading back to England, transitioning back into a woodcut.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Ratcliffe, although it had to be toned down, since this is a Disney movie.
* PosthumousCharacter: Pocahontas's mother. Filmmakers originally wanted to include her - as they were getting sick of Disney Princesses having {{Missing Mom}}s - but their research showed that the real Pocahontas was unlikely to have known her mother. There was a planned scene where the mother's spirit would give her advice - but it was scrapped because ''Disney/TheLionKing'' was using a similar idea.
* ThePowerOfLove: Not the typical magical effect it usually has in Disney movies, but saving both a lover and a people from extermination is not to be sneezed at. It could be that the power of love helped Pocahontas and John Smith [[LanguageOfLove overcome the language barrier]] in about five seconds. Supposedly, the pink and purple leaves swirling about were her mom's spirit/symbolic of the power of love. This seems so powerful that it lets Nakoma understand English too.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Wiggins. Nearly all of his dialogue consists of sucking up to Ratcliffe.
* ProtagonistTitle
* RascallyRaccoon: Meeko.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Ratcliffe tells Thomas that "a man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot".
* RapunzelHair: Pocahontas's long black hair reaches well past her waist. She had about fifty animators working on her, some of whom worked only on animating the hair.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** If you take away the romantic images accompanying it and look purely at the lyrics, "Colors of the Wind" is this in song.
** Pocahontas also delivers one when saving John Smith from execution. It doubles as CallingTheOldManOut.
** Ratcliffe delivers a rather harsh one to Thomas.
-->'''Ratcliffe''': Oh, and Thomas you've been a slipshod sailor and a poor excuse for a soldier. Don't disappoint me again.
* RebelliousPrincess: Pocahontas is a {{downplayed|Trope}} version; for example, when her father tells her that he wants her to marry Kocuom she's clearly not thrilled, but doesn't outright reject the idea.
* RevealingReflection: While John Smith is exploring Virginia, Pocahontas follows him out of curiosity, keeping out of sight. When he stops by a waterfall to get a drink, he notices her reflection and casually gets up then to ready an ambush.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: The last scene has John being taken back to England on the ship with Pocahontas looking on from a clifftop.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Aside from much of the imagery during "Colors of the Wind", the DramaticWind, and especially the DramaticNecklaceRemoval, there's the scene where Grandmother Willow tries to convince John to go with Pocahontas to meet with her father by showing him how ripples can spread "but someone has to start them." Also "Savages" is chock full of it, from the superimposed images of the settlers and Ratcliffe in the fire and of Pocahontas's face as she [[RaceAgainstTheClock rushes to get there to save John and avert the war]] to the way the smoke from the settlers' and tribesmen's torches rises up to join and form [[EmpathicWeather a great thunderhead]] over the battlefield.
* RunningGag:
** Meeko's hunger and Percy suffering for it.
** Also, [[BoldExplorer John Smith]]'s "I've been through worse scrapes/suffered worse wounds than this...can't think of any at the moment, but.."
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Kocoum is prominent enough as a character that his death marks the GutPunch and start of a war]].
* SatelliteCharacter:
** Despite constantly hovering about the main character, Flit seems to serve absolutely no purpose in the story. Unlike the other two [[NonHumanSidekick animal sidekicks]], he doesn't play a part in the subplot. What little contributions he has, he spends playing the StraightMan to Meeko.
** Wiggins too. He's just there to give Radcliffe someone to bounce his thoughts and schemes off of.
* SayMyName:
** Ben does this in the prologue, yelling, "Smith! Smith! Are you crazy?!" when John dives off the ship to save Thomas.
** [[spoiler:Thomas yells John's name after John is shot by Ratcliffe.]]
* SceneryPorn: Although [[ArtisticLicenseGeography highly inaccurate]]. The animation was so detailed that it took about five years to complete.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Flit is a hummingbird, which rarely get a look in animation.
* SettingOffSong: "The Virginia Company" and its reprise.
* SettlingTheFrontier: The English at Jamestown.
* ShipperOnDeck: Meeko, mainly because John feeds him.
* SissyVillain: Ratcliffe subverts this. He's vain, greedy, and wears pink, but he's also the first to be suited up for battle and leads the Virginians from the front. [[spoiler:Not to mention being the one to try and shoot Powhatan, even if John Smith jumped in the way.]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Does better averting this than other Disney Renaissance movies. In addition to the main heroine, there are two female supporting characters with big influences on the plot. Grandmother Willow is the {{Mentor|s}} while Pocahontas's friend Nakoma ends up an UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The real Ratcliffe was tortured to death by the Powhatan.
* SpiritAdvisor: Grandmother Willow, who manifests herself in an animate tree. She is apparently visible only to Pocahontas, her animal friends and, later, John Smith.
* StaggeredZoom: Used to zoom in on Ratcliffe at the start of the second half of "Savages".
* StarCrossedLovers: John is part of an invading crew of settlers, Pocahontas is TheChiefsDaughter. [[spoiler: They're the first Disney couple who don't end up together]]. The story was even created to be ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' in 17th Century Virginia. Even when they're reunited in the sequel [[spoiler: they still don't end up together]].
* StuffBlowingUp: Happens at the end of Ratcliffe's VillainSong.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:John Smith dives to save Powhatan from an overzealous Ratcliffe.]]
* ThatOldTimePrescription: Pocahontas gives John Smith willow bark [[spoiler:for the pain after he is shot in the side.]]
* ThisMeansWar: The lead-in and basis for "Savages".
* ThisMeansWarpaint: The Powhatan tribesmen apply warpaint in the "Savages" number.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Ben and Lon.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Percy is quite frequently given the opportunity to enjoy various foods and treats. Unfortunately...[[YankTheDogsChain Meeko steals them from him ''every single time''. He can't catch a break.]]
* TribalFacePaint: The Native Americans do this.

* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Played with, with Nakoma. When she sends Kocoum off after Pocahontas, she knows very well that something will happen, in fact she ''wants'' it to--her fear of the settlers and how close Pocahontas is getting to John, along with her disobeying of her father, makes Nakoma feel she has to intervene to save their village/save Pocahontas from the white man. But she had no idea her decision would lead to [[spoiler:Kocoum's death]], John being slated for execution, or incipient war. It's quite clear she is horrified by the results, and she does do what little she can to make it up to her friend.
* VanillaEdition: Among all of the '90s Disney Animated Canon movies available to download or stream from Disney Movies Anywhere, this stands as the only one that doesn't include any extra features, not even the few that Disney included with the Blu-Ray Disc.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: As mentioned earlier, the movie is based on the legend of Pocahontas rather than what actually happened.
* VictoriousChorus: One of the more epic versions in the canon--but played with, as the movie's BittersweetEnding makes it more heart-wrenching than celebratory.
* VillainSong: "Mine, Mine, Mine" and "Savages".
* TheVillainSucksSong: "Savages", since each side is the villain from the other's point of view.
* WasntThatFun: John comments "That was refreshing!" after leaping overboard to rescue Thomas.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: It's difficult for a viewer to feel too much emotion for [[spoiler:Kocoum]]'s death when he barely had any screen time or characterization in the movie. This doesn't excuse some members of the cast, who should have known him a lot better, from [[ForgottenFallenFriend doing the same]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Poor Namontack took a shot to the leg and the last we see him he's still writhing over his wound. Given his tribe's unfamiliarity with gunshot wounds, the odds of his recovery are slim.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: John Smith's accent is quite broad, as it's not entirely English and not entirely Australian like Mel Gibson's own.
* WiseTree: Grandmother Willow.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Meeko and Percy. Flit also seems to be exasperated with Meeko's behavior. How exactly are these two supposed to be friends?
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: John Smith and Pocahontas have this in their conversation about Savages.
* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion: See OneDialogueTwoConversations above.
* YouAreWorthHell: "Pocahontas, I'd rather die tomorrow, than live a hundred years without knowing you."