Characters: Disney Princess Honorary Princesses
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The daughter of the chief of the Powhatan tribe in Virginia, she's an adventurous and curious woman who is immediately intrigued by the white colonists, led by Governor Ratcliffe, who newly arrive in the New World—unlike the rest of her tribe, who fears them. She meets John Smith, one of the settlers who has made a life of adventuring and killing "savages", whom she teaches to accept people that are different than he. They eventually fall in love, but are torn apart by the distrust and violence their two people have for each other. She later becomes an emissary for her people and travels to England, where she falls in love with John Rolfe.
Voiced by: Irene Bedard (speaking), Judy Kuhn (singing)
- And Zoidberg: Because of her being in Braids, Beads and Buckskins, she sort of has a hard time blending in well with the other princesses with their pimped out dresses. As such she is almost always the one who gets cut out of merchandise. The sequel does give her a reasonably pimped out dress when she first arrives in England.
- Armor-Piercing Question: See character quote.
- Arranged Marriage: With Kocoum. Kocoum asks for Pocahontas' hand and her father bethrothes her to him - she has no say in it.
- Badass Pacifist: She never picks up a weapon or gets into a fight, but accomplishes a great deal without it.
- Badass Princess: Pocahontas is the daughter of the chief, technically making her princess; she's also a Disney Princess.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Her long, silky hair is never so much as mussed in the couple of scrapes she finds herself in, and she always looks majestic and noble.
- Blithe Spirit: To John Smith, whom she shows to treat nature with respect and learn to see the joy and beauty of the surroundings, which eventually she teaches all of the settlers and her tribe.
- The Chief's Daughter: Follows most of the patterns, including her hand being offered in marriage to an important tribe member and her forgoing his affection for the white John Smith's, and eventually being found out for it. However, she's a bit of a variation in that she, instead of John, is the central protagonist.
- Daddy's Girl: Pocahontas is very close to her father.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father would vastly prefer Kocuom, the skilled warrior, while she prefers John Smith, foreigner and "savage killer".
- Does Not Like Shoes: Especially symbolic of her closeness to nature.
- Dramatic Wind: With her army of leaves at the ready.
- Dude Magnet: See the Hello, Nurse! section. Plus, she has had three men fall in love with her.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She was the only one who could prevent the plot from going into a bloody massacre.
- Friend to All Living Things: She's shown communing with several different types of animals, but her animal sidekicks are Flit the hummingbird, and Meeko the raccoon. Later Percy the pug is added.
- A Girl And Her X: Pocahontas, by the end of the first movie, has 3 animal besties:
- Go Through Me: 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.
- Hello, Nurse!: Certainly John Smith's reaction when he first lays eyes on her.
- Heroic Second Wind: After she finds her true path.
- Indian Maiden: She spends the movie attempting to prevent war between her tribe and the european settlers. Her first scene (cannoeing) shows her to be athletic and she falls for the thrill seeking European John Smith. In the sequel, she goes over to Europe for diplomacy.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Her shamanic powers go unnoticed for most of the characters, but she actually accomplishes quite the feats with them; she talks to trees, summons up spirits, leaps over ravines through neigh levitating, survives crashing down in the water from a cliff, and learns English within three seconds.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Of Irene Bedard.
- "I Want" Song: "Just Around The Riverbend".
- Maligned Mixed Relationship: John and Pocahontas' relationship was not accepted because they were of different races who hated each other.
- Meaningful Name: Pocahontas means "little mischief" or "the naughty one" in Powhatan language.
- Missing Mom: DVD commentary states that the wind that travels around her is meant to be the spirit of her deceased mother.
- Noble Savage: The second half of the movie is mostly teaching John Smith about how to be one with nature and appreciate the beauty of it.
- Official Couple: With John Smith. The first movie and most merchandise and other Disney media portray her with John Smith, even though the sequel hooks her up with John Rolfe, her historical husband, whom she is never seen with in merchandising or in other media.
- Outdoorsy Gal: She's very In Harmony with Nature.
- Pimped-Out Dress: In the sequel, and as part of some Disney Princess merchandise.
- The Power of Love: Utilizes it to stop a genocidal war.
- Protagonist Title: The move is named after her.
- Rapunzel Hair: One of her defining physical features.
- Rebellious Princess: She laughs at her father's assumption that the river is steady.
- Rebellious Spirit: Pocahontas is rebellious and carefree at heart.
- She's Got Legs: Some very nice ones at that.
- Spirited Young Lady: Pocahontas is courageous, opinionated and spirited.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With John Smith.
- Statuesque Stunner: Definitely (alongside Aurora of Sleeping Beauty), the tallest of the Disney Princesses.
- Strong Family Resemblance: According to her father, she takes after her mother.
- Tempting Fate: "Should I choose the smoothest course?" She should not.
- Took a Level in Badass: Under the guidance of Grandmother Willow, she goes from whining about her problems and sitting around, to taking action and defying her well-intentioned but very authoritative father.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her deceased mother's necklace. Even more so after Kocoum destroys it while falling to his death.
- Unexpected Successor: It's implied that she is taking Kocoum's place as her father's successor, especially in the closing scene.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: The only person in the entire movie, besides Grandmother Willow, to understand that war is not a plausible option, as it will leave both sides devastated and farther away from a peaceful resolve. Her father comes close to saying this trope word for word describing her. "My daughter speaks with wisdom beyond her years."
- Younger than She Looks: Many fans indicate her age as 25 years old, enabling her romance with Smith (close to his thirties in this adaptation) furthermore. In actuality, the fact that she was still unmarried makes her 18 years old at best. Ironically, the real life figure she was based on was 11-12 years old at the time this story (allegedly) took place.
A flighty girl who is the daughter of a retired soldier, and the black sheep of her ancestors. When her father is enlisted for an oncoming war, she secretly takes his place in the field of battle under the command of young general Li Shang as they train in preparations against the Huns and warlord Shan Yu.
Voiced by: Ming-Na Wen
(speaking), Lea Salonga (singing)