[[quoteright:330:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pocahontas.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:330:There's something in the wind...]]

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

The 33rd entry in the DisneyAnimatedCanon, 1995's ''Pocahontas'' is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory inspired by true events]][[note]]Some of the films '40s did include stories about historical figures like Johnny Appleseed, but were not entirely based on those events[[/note]]. It takes the old legend of the Native American princess who supposedly saved the life of Englishman John Smith and turns it into a musical romance with few roots in the historical record. It literally has more [[{{Pun}} roots]] in fantasy, in fact — a supporting character is a talking willow tree.

The film centers around RebelliousPrincess 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, ''Journey to a New World'', that applied similar fictionalization to Pocahontas' later life, namely her journey to England and marriage to John Rolfe.

Now has a [[Characters/{{Pocahontas}} character sheet]]!
----
!!This DisneyAnimatedCanon entry contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: Pocahontas and Nakoma.
* 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: In real life, the titular character was about 10 years old at the time of the story.
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: Playing with a mother bear's cubs right in front of her? That's a brilliant idea!
* 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!"
* [[AngryBlackMan Angry Native Girl]]: Pocahontas gives a rather tame example during Colors of the Wind.
* 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.
* ArrangedMarriage: Kocoum asks for Pocahontas' hand and her father bethrothes her to him - she has no say in it.
* 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: The filmmakers did do the research...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PhTF1FD3SA they just ignored a lot of it]].
** As the filmmakers admitted, they were purposefully adapting the ''legend'' of Pocahontas, and strictly ''ignoring'' the historical accuracy. They even admitted to knowingly "aging up" Pocahontas.
* 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.
* {{Badass}}: John Smith and Pocahontas are both eventually a BadassPacifist. Chief Powhatan comes back from winning a war and uniting several warring tribes, which makes him quite eligible for this title as well. Finally, Kocoum is a MemeticBadass both in- and out-of-universe.
* 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: For Powhatan, [[spoiler:Killing his daughter's intended fiancé and most precious warrior.]].
** Which makes it into sort of a plot hole when you realize he never actively sought out the real murderer on-screen.
** 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 in the end neutralized.
* 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.
* BigGood: Grandmother Willow.
* 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: The lovers don't get to stay together, but they and their people are better for the experience.
* 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, 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... [[BloodlessCarnage 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.
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler:For Ratcliffe.]] Subverted in that we are shown what happens next.
* BoobsOfSteel: Pocahontas.
* BreakTheCutie: Thomas.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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!"]]
* CatchPhrase: "Listen with your heart."
* 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.
* ChekhovsSkill: Pocahontas' very first scene shows her effortlessly jumping several feet off a cliff into the water and appearing unharmed. Whether this is part of her spiritual abilities or not is debatable, but during ''Savages'' she finds herself capable of nigh levitation and running with the wind.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Our heroine.
* 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 conquest when we first see them.
* 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 was 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. Crossed 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.
* CutSong: "If I Never Knew You", later animated and restored for the 10th anniversary DVD. However, the 2-Movie Collection Blu-Ray and DVD cut it out again.
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Kocoum. Though to be fair, he was killed by Thomas who did it to save John.]]
* DisneyAcidSequence: "Colors of the Wind".
* DisneyPrincess: Sometimes averted; Pocahontas isn't always included in the lineup despite being a real-life princess.
** The historical Pocahontas was decidedly ''not'' a princess. She was not in line for any throne or any position of power. In-universe, the movie does in fact present her as a princess.
*** Strictly speaking, a prince or princess is not necessarily any of those things. Politically the term means something different than it does in western fairy tales.
*** She ''is'' TheChiefsDaughter. Not technically a princess, yes, but still fairly important.
*** In real life, the English did view her as princess and presented her to King James I as one. Of course, they were translating her position into the European terms they were familiar with, but the point is she was viewed as a princess during her lifetime, even if it wasn't by her own people.
* DoesNotLikeShoes[=/=]EarthyBarefootCharacter: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.
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: During [[spoiler:Kocoum's death]]. 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".
* 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.
* 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.
* 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, [[ViewersAreMorons 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.
**
-->'''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]]...
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Pocahontas.
** In the Polish dub, when Pocahontas is trying to separate John and Kokoum, she makes ''very'' suggestive sounds.
* 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 go through me first!\\
'''Powatan:''' Daughter, stay back!!\\
'''Pocahontas:''' I won't! I love him, Father.
* 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.
* 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 Pocahantas 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.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Ratcliffe.
* IndianMaiden
* 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.
* IWantSong: "Just Around the Riverbend" for Pocahontas; "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 Pochahantas' newfound translation powers.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ratcliffe, and Meeko's behavior toward Flit and especially Percy.
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: Why the settlers go to the New World in the first place; [[TruthInTelevision that is accurate]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Kocoum.]]
* 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.
* LivingProp: See SatelliteCharacter.
* 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]].
* MaleGaze
* 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 [[TheyJustDidntCare but didn't care]]. Because, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin like the name "Coastal Plains" implies]], the area doesn't have any mountains or cliffs.
* 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.
** 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.
* NiceHat: Thomas's green hat 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.
* NobleSavage: Part of the point.
* NonActionGuy: Wiggins, particularly evident when you compare him to the other settlers, who are all manly looking.
* NotSoDifferent: The natives and the settlers. A fairly dark example, considering our first view of the natives is their warriors returning from conquering/destroying another tribe and the ending only avoided being a massacre because both sides launched their sneak attacks at the same time. 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: Quite.
* 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]].
* OnceInABlueMoon: A "blue corn moon" is actually mentioned during the song "Colors of the Wind".
* 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!
* 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.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: John Smith can't seem seem to decide whether he has a British accent, an American one that won't be around for a few centuries, or even Mel Gibson's Australian accent, a country which would have only ''just'' have been discovered when the film was set.
* 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.
* PerpetualFrowner: Percy in the beginning of the series. [[CharacterDevelopment He grows out of it, though]].
* 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.
* 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.
* ProtagonistTitle
* PuttingAHandOverHisMouth: Pocahontas hushes Nakoma this way when John Smith approaches.
* RascallyRaccoon: Meeko
* ARealManIsAKiller: Ratcliffe tells Thomas that "a man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot".
* RapunzelHair
* 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.
* RebelliousPrincess: Pocahontas is a {{Downplayed}} 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.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* 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 continues to suffer 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: Kocoum.
* 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.
* SceneryPorn: Although [[ArtisticLicenseGeography highly inaccurate]].
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Flit.
* SettingOffSong: "The Virginia Company" and its reprise.
* SettlingTheFrontier: The English at Jamestown.
* ShipperOnDeck: Meeko, mainly because John feeds him.
* ShownTheirWork: HollywoodHistory aside, the film does give a surprisingly accurate portrayal of Native American life for the time period.
* 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.
* 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
* StuffBlowingUp: Happens at the end of Ratcliffe's VillainSong.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:John Smith dives to save Powahtan 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: ...[[{{Jerkass}} 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 Koucoum 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.
* 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]].
* 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?
* YouAreWorthHell: "Pocahontas, I'd rather die tomorrow, than live a hundred years without knowing you."

!!The sequel includes examples of:
* AlmostKiss: Pocahontas and John Rolfe.
* ArtEvolution: Inverted, as it is with many Disney sequels; Although mildly better than some others in this category, it still doesn't enjoy the vibrant and fluid animation of the first movie, with the color palette being especially jarring as it is much more subdued than the first film; the character animation suffered too from this: During John Rolfe's arrival to Jamestown there are many points where the townspeople in the background clearly ''do not move''.
* BackFromTheDead: John Smith, once to Pocahontas and once to [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments the soldiers attempting to invade the New World]].
* {{Badass}}: John Smith in the second movie could have written this trope all by himself.
** BackToBackBadasses: John Smith and John Rolfe.
-->'''John Rolfe:''' Who started the party without me?\\
'''John Smith:''' You call this a party?\\
'''John Rolfe:''' You're not having any fun?
* BlindWithoutEm: Mrs. Jenkins.
* BodyguardCrush: Sort of. Technically, Uttamatomakkin (or "Uti" for short) is Pochontas's bodyguard, assigned by Chief Powhatan to watch over Pocahontas, but it's John Rolfe's responsibility to bring her to England to see King James and Queen Anne. When Rolfe guards Pocahontas from the rough crew on the ship, he explains that he's "honor-bound" to protect her. This may have been when they began to fall in love.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Like most of Disney's direct-to-video sequels, this sequel is not considered canon by the company. For example: John Smith & Pocahontas remain an official couple, ignoring John Rolfe completely.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Thomas and Wiggins are nowhere to be seen in the sequel.
* CircleOfShame: This happens to Pocahontas when she attempts to stop a bear-baiting at King James' party.
* ConspicuousCG: The ships in Ratcliffe's armada during the final battle scene.
* ContinuityNod: The design for King James in this film is the same one used for his brief appearance in the "Mine Mine Mine" number in the first.
* CrowdSong: "What A Day In London".
* {{Foil}}: John Rolfe to John Smith: one is refined and sophisticated, while the other is [[TookALevelInBadass way more badass]] (not that John Rolfe isn't a badass--[[CulturedBadass he is]]).
* HeroicVow: John Rolfe.
* TheHighQueen: The Queen of England - a beautiful and kindly woman who welcomes Pocahontas graciously to the court. As well as that she acts as a voice of reason towards her rather impatient husband.
* HistoricalInJoke: "What A Day In London" features Creator/WilliamShakespeare, in a cameo, getting the idea for the line "[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} to be, or not to be]]". (Historically, Shakespeare died a couple months prior to Pocahontas's arrival in London and ''Hamlet'' was written a few years before the setting of the first film.)
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The King.
** At the end of the second one, however, [[spoiler:King James has Ratcliffe arrested and possibly even hanged]].
* ImprobableHairstyle: The one Pocahontas wears for the ball. Subverted and played somewhat realistically since she was only at the ball for about an hour and it comes undone when she's taken away.
* IronicEcho: "Pity. I ''so'' would have preferred to see you hang."
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: How the movie decides to resolve the John Smith/John Rolfe rivalry.
* [[JustAKid Just a Woman]]: John Rolfe towards Pocahontas at the beginning.
* KarmaHoudini: Despite nearly starting an all-out genocidal war, ''and'' failing to bring back resources and riches back to England, Ratcliffe is seen in the DirectToVideo sequel with no loss of power or wealth ([[spoiler:but he gets his comeuppance in the end, though]]).
* LoveAtFirstSight: Pocahontas seems a little too starry-eyed over John Rolfe at first.
* TheMakeover
* ManipulativeBastard: Ratcliffe, even more than in the original. He's got the King in his back pocket and wins over a crowd of nobles with some hired magicians and a few words on appearances.
* MerchandiseDriven: One wonders if this was the main reasoning behind putting Pocahontas into [[PimpedOutDress a pimped-out Western ball gown]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: Which is why John is able to pull off FakingTheDead.
* NewsTravelsFast: News of John Smith's apparent death somehow beats John Rolfe across the Atlantic, despite it happening ''after'' he left.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the two Johns.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Pick any character in "What A Day In London".
* PimpedOutDress: Plenty, as it took place at a royal court.
* ThePlan: Ratcliffe pulls one right after "Things Are Not What They Appear" at the Hunt Ball feast.
* PreMortemOneLiner: A lot of John Smith's lines.
-->'''John Smith:''' ''[stops Ratcliffe from killing Pocahontas]'' Mind if I cut in?
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Almost word for word with John Smith.
* SecondLove: In ''Journey to a New World'', Pocahontas chooses Rolfe over Smith, claiming she doesn't feel the same way for Smith as she did years before.
* SequelNonEntity: All the ship's crew except John Smith.
* TheSilentBob: Uttamattomakkin.
* SlipknotPonytail: Pocahontas's elaborate updo for the Hunt Ball has come undone while she's in the Tower.
* {{Tsundere}}: Pocahontas towards John Rolfe (at first).
* TheUnpronounceable: Uttamatomakkin (it was John Rolfe who started calling him "Uti").
* TookALevelInBadass: As stated above, John Smith. Though he also TookALevelInJerkass, acting more arrogant (which is actually closer to how he was historically.)
** Also Ratcliffe. In the original movie, he was more of a greedy {{Jerkass}} than an actual BigBad, but in the sequel, he's a direct opponent of Pocahontas, who almost killed John Smith in the very first scene and manipulated the king to declare war on the Powhatan tribe.
* WomenAreWiser: The Queen is more calm and level-headed than King James. It's her who believes that there is no gold in Virginia at all.
----