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Voiced by: Irene Bedard (speaking), Judy Kuhn (singing)The daughter of the chief of the Powhatan tribe in Virginia, she's a very adventurous young 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.
- All-Loving Heroine: Pocahontas strives for peace among her people and the white settlers.
- 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.
- Arranged Marriage: With Kocoum. Kocoum asks for Pocahontas' hand and her father betroths 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.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: She always looks majestic and noble, and her long, silky hair is always swept perfectly back by the Dramatic Wind—only when she's upset or frightened do strands of it fall in front of her face.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her people "savages".
- Betty and Veronica: And she's the Archie in both of the love triangles she's in.
- Subverted with John Smith (experienced and mysterious explorer) the "Veronica" and Kocoum (her father's best warrior) the "Betty". She is hardly interested in Kocoum in a romantic sense, preferring John Smith from the moment they met.
- Played straight in the sequel with John Smith (still the rugged, and more arrogant explorer from the first film) the "Veronica" and John Rolfe (a cultured, well-mannered diplomat in charge of looking after Pocahontas) the "Betty" for her "Archie". In the end, she part ways with the former because of their different goals in life (her wanting to return home, him wanting to go on more adventures) and her falling in love with the latter.
- 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.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Pocahontas does this to her father', criticizing his "path of hatred".
- Character Development: In the sequel, Pocahontas seems to have grown after hearing of John Smith's assumed death. She keeps her independent spirit and playfulness, but is much more mature and self-assured than she was in the first film.
- 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.
- Children Raise You: Pocahontas taught a valuable lesson to her father.
- Daddy's Girl: Pocahontas is very close to her father.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father would vastly prefer Kocoum, the skilled warrior, while she prefers John Smith, foreigner and "savage killer".
- Did Not Get The Guy: In the first film, Pocahontas doesn't end up with John Smith because she wanted to stay with her father.
- Dramatic Wind: With her army of leaves at the ready.
- Dude Magnet: She has had three men fall in love with her: Kocoum, John Smith, and John Rolfe.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She was the only one who could prevent the plot from going into a bloody massacre.
- Earthy Barefoot Character: She's very connected to nature.
- 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:
- A Girl And Her Hummingbird: Flit is her personal bodyguard.
- A Girl And Her Pug: Even Percy took such a liking to her that he willingly stayed, leaving behind his pampered life.
- A Girl And Her Raccoon: Pocahontas has known Meeko her entire life.
- 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 what looks like nigh-levitation, and learns English within three seconds.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Of Irene Bedard. This is why she's inexplicably a completely different ethnicity than the rest of her village.
- "I Want" Song: "Just Around The Riverbend".
- Maligned Mixed Marriage: While not a marriage, 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.
- Nice Girl: She's very friendly and polite, and doesn't flaunt her aforementioned Inexplicably Awesome powers.
- 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.
- Non-Standard Character Design: In comparison of the Disney Princesses, Pocahontas looks more stylistically drawn (Smaller, realistically proportionate eyes, lankier limbs, and taller height).
- 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: Pocahantas.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has long raven-black hair, falling easily to her hips.
- Rebellious Princess: She laughs at her father's assumption that the river is steady. See also Meaningful Name above.
- Rule of Symbolism: DVD commentary states that the wind that travels around her is meant to be the spirit of her deceased mother.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her two main love interests (John Smith and John Rolfe) were decent, brave Nice Guys.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. In real life, she died during her stay in England.
- Spirited Young Lady: Pocahontas is courageous, opinionated and spirited.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With John Smith. While they love each other, their relationship is inevitably doomed at the end of movie.
- 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.
- Thrill Seeker: Her eyes positively light up (contrasted humorously with the absolute terror of Meeko) when she's about to paddle down a large waterfall. Prior to that there was the dive off an extremely high cliff.
- Tomboy Princess: She's athletic, scales mountains, climbs trees, jumps off cliffs, and steers her canoe into turbulent waters. After Merida, she's probably one of the most tomboyish Princesses.
- 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.
Voiced by: Mel GibsonJohn Smith is a young 19-year-old English explorer who is shown to already be a legend when he first appears, as Thomas mentions that there are "amazing stories about him." He is well known for his exploits as an explorer, not to mention his success at fighting "savages".
- Action Hero: An adventurer at heart.
- Aerith and Bob: John and Pocahontas. Inverted in that in one scene he comments on how strange all the Native names sound to him, but Pocahontas thinks the same about his name.
- Animal Motifs: Eagles, seen most prominently in "Colors of the Wind" — he and Pocahontas are seen holding eagles and a symbol of an eagle is shaped on his chest via shadows and light.
- The Atoner: He became a significantly better person towards the end, mostly because of Pocahontas' influence.
- Badass in Charge: Is a Captain.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Just compare the Adonis-like and good-natured John Smith to the main villain, Ratcliffe.
- Betty and Veronica:
- In the first film, he is the "Veronica" (experienced and mysterious explorer) to Kocoum's "Betty" (Powhatan's best warrior) for Pocahontas's "Archie". Subverted since she makes it clear she's interested in John Smith.
- Played straight in the sequel with him as the "Veronica" again (he's still the rugged, and more arrogant explorer from the first film) to John Rolfe's "Betty" (a cultured, well-mannered diplomat in charge of looking after Pocahontas) for Pocahontas's Betty. In the end, she part ways with the former because of their different goals in life (her wanting to return home, him wanting to go on more adventures) and her falling in love with the latter.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Thomas. He is very protective over him.
- Big Brother Mentor: Also towards Thomas. Smith serves as Thomas's mentor and teaches him how to shoot properly. "Both eyes open."
- Blue Is Heroic: His trademark outfit is styled blue and he's the deuteragonist.
- Bold Explorer: Smith's explorations of the new Virginia Territory are how he met Pocahontas in the first place. During the song "Mine, Mine, Mine", he sings of how he's never seen a wilder, more challenging land than Virginia and how he doesn't plan to miss any of its dangers.
- Break the Haughty: He is forced to see the negative implications of his original behavior.
- Character Development: Goes from pointing his gun at Pocahontas to trying his hardest not to kill Kocoum, a very strong warrior, who attacked him.
- Chick Magnet: Even Grandmother Willow tried to hit on him.
- Closer to Earth: Especially next to Ratcliffe, he is a far more competent, wise and benevolent leader. He pales in comparison to Pocahontas, however, who tries very hard to put him off his self-righteous attitude. It works.
- Color Motifs: Blue — not only is it his clothes' main color scheme, it also represents his heroism throughout the story.
- Deuteragonist The second main focus in the first movie, but is a tritagonist in the sequel.
- Establishing Character Moment: Saving Thomas while others were willing to consider him lost.
- Face Death with Dignity: Subverted. While he remains calm and composed about his upcoming execution in the third act, he has no real reason to do so and while being marched to his execution, he clearly hates every second of it.
- First Love: To Pocahontas. By the sequel, they decides to part ways due to different priorities and the fact that she fell in love with John Rolfe.
- First-Name Basis: With Pocahontas and Thomas. Everyone else calls him by his surname.
- Gentleman Adventurer: He's more interested in exploring than mining for gold.
- Heel–Face Turn: Somewhat. While not a bad guy at heart, his intentions to steal the Virginian land and "civilize" the "savages" are mildly villainous at worst and thoroughly short-sighted and inconsiderate at best. Pocahontas turns him around to make him realize the natives are fine on their own, and the land does not, in fact, belong to the British.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Takes a bullet for Chief Powhatan when Radcliffe is going to shoot him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Thomas. He has a strong Big Brother Instinct towards Thomas.
- Hidden Depths: "I've never really belonged anywhere." Which gives a whole new meaning to the entire exploring obsession he has.
- Historical Beauty Update: The real John Smith was a short, portly, brown-haired, bearded man.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: To the point where critics agree this is the version of John Smith the actual Smith would have wanted history to see him as. The real Smith wrote boastful accounts of his adventures, in which he spun fact into legend and portrayed himself as a James Bond-like figure. One of the reasons historians doubt the story about Pocahontas saving his life is that that's one of three times he claimed to have been rescued by a native woman. Either native women really had a thing for him or he was a rather uncreative writer. Also, John Smith was much more of a Jerkass, with one of his well-documented actions being taking a Native leader captive so that the leader's tribe would provide him with plentiful resources.
- I Come in Peace: Incredibly subverted, and not even in We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill terms. One is left to wonder just what he might've done if Pocahontas hadn't been a girl.
- Innocent Bigot: His beliefs about the Natives at the beginning of the movie are just the stereotypes that everyone else aboard the ship believes. He comes to see the error of his ways fairly quickly.
- Love at First Sight: With Pocahontas. It's clear that the very first time John lays eyes on her, he almost instantly falls in love.
- Love Redeems: His love for Pocahontas is what teaches him that the Natives are people who deserve his respect, and that the British are wrong for treating them like vermin who need to be exterminated.
- Made of Iron: After taking a bullet for Chief Powhatan, he survives a several-month-long voyage back to England before receiving proper medical care.
- Nice Guy: It takes some time to come to the surface, but at heart he is quite understanding, friendly and interested in other cultures. Grandmother Willow cunningly remarks that he has a good soul.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: In the sequel, he's the rugged, exploring Roguish Male to John Rolfe's cultured, diplomat Noble Male.
- Small Name, Big Ego: At first. He mellows out after meeting Pocahontas.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Pocahontas. While they love each other, their relationship is inevitably doomed.
- Taking the Bullet: Ratcliffe tries to shoot Powhatan, but John takes the shot.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: While he was bigoted towards the Native Americans, it was more out of insensitivity than actual malice and he quickly wised up after meeting Pocahontas. In the sequel, he acts more arrogant like his real-life counterpart.
- White Man's Burden: Initially. After talking to Pocahontas, he realizes that the Natives don't really need their help.
- You Are Worth Hell: The premise of If I Never Knew You.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Under his genuinely nice and peaceful demeanor, he is revealed to be quite an effective leader. In fact, his opening scene has him coming back from winning a war.
- Character Development: He is initially prejudiced towards the white settlers, but later changes his ways thanks to Pocahontas.
- Disappointed in You: "Because of your foolishness, Kocoum is dead!"
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Only known as the Chief of the tribe he leads.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Well, he doesn't outright forbid Pocahontas' dreams, but he doesn't like her rejection of Kocoum.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The real-life Powhatan was nothing short of a genuine Jerkass - despite naming Pocahontas his favorite daughter, he did not try to save her once she was kidnapped by the English. As John Rolfe, she berated him greatly for this decision and it made her decide to stay with the British. note
- Ink-Suit Actor: Chief Powhatan's physical appearance was likewise inspired by his voice actor Russell Means.
- Meddling Parents: Did he really give Pocahontas a choice on marrying Kocoum? Russell Means cited this as being against the Native American tradition of always listening to your children, but stated the film redeemed itself in the scene where Pocahontas talks her father down, saying it was very realistic that a Native American dad would drop everything and seriously consider their children's words.
- Nice Guy: Generally a wise leader and a good father.
- Open-Minded Parent: After he realizes John Smith really was a good guy, he has no problems with Pocahontas kissing John Smith right in front of him.
- Papa Wolf: Among the more powerful Disney dads, including Mufasa and King Triton.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At least until the death of Kocoum, after which his xenophobia overtakes his wise side.
- Shipper on Deck: He wanted Pocahontas to consider marrying Kocoum.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Pocahontas calls him out on his actions in her speech.
- You Are Grounded: When he tells Pocahontas she should have stayed in the village.
Voiced by: Michelle St. JohnNakoma is a member of the Powhatan Indian tribe and is best friends with Pocahontas.
- Bare Your Midriff: She has a crop top and skirt that shows only her midriff.
- Brutal Honesty: Nakoma is very honest and blunt, but means well.
- Childhood Friends: With Pocahontas. They have been best friends since childhood.
- Demoted to Extra: In the sequel, her role is marginally smaller than the first movie.
- Foil: Nakoma's personality is a foil to that of her best friend. While Pocahontas is more free-spirited and mischievous, Nakoma usually tries to be more serious and responsible.
- Nice Girl: Friendly, caring, generous, considerate, and protective.
- Not So Above It All: She does eventually give in and laugh at Pocahontas toppling her canoe over.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Pocahontas' Red. She's level-headed and responsible, while Pocahontas is free-spirited and mischievous.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: A lot more interested in finding good men to marry than Pocahontas.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Despite trying to do the right thing, sending Kocoum after Pocahontas didn't end up being a great decision.
Voiced by: Linda HuntGrandmother Willow is a sentient weeping willow tree that serves as an adviser to Pocahontas.
- Big Good: Of the first movie. Doubles with The Mentor as she does teach the main characters some really valuable lessons.
- Breakout Character: She is most often seen on Pocahontas merchandise and posters. She seems to be one of the only characters that is generally liked regardless of people's opinions on the movie she is in.
- Cool Old Lady: She is clearly a very old tree, but is very good-humored and understanding.
- Demoted to Extra: Only appears in one short scene in the sequel, right before Pocahontas leaves for London. Justified because the sequel is set in London, far away from her location.
- Hyper Awareness: Probably comes with being a spirit of nature.
- Morality Chain: She teaches John Smith a lesson about getting things done.Grandmother Willow: Sometimes, the right path is not the easiest one.
- Nature Spirit: Either that, or the lingering spirit of an actual deceased member of the tribe, who has manifested herself in a tree.
- Never Mess with Granny: Effectively disposes of Ben and Lon when they come looking for John.
- Nice Girl: She is sweet, kind, loving, motherly, inspiring, caring, and spiritual.
- Parental Substitute: For Pocahontas. She gives her the advice a mother would normally give her daughter.
- Rear Window Witness: Kocoum's death happened right in front of her. The film doesn't make it seem like she saw it, however.
- Shipper on Deck: For Pocahontas and John, instantly. She even agrees that Kocoum is so serious.
- Spirit Advisor: She manifests herself in an animate tree. She is apparently visible only to Pocahontas, her animal friends and, later, John Smith.
- When Trees Attack: For Ben and Lon. Their reaction was pretty logical.
- Wise Tree: She acts as a spiritual guide to Pocahontas throughout the film.
Voiced by: Christian BaleThomas serves as John Smith's best friend, fellow soldier, accomplice, and sidekick in the film.
- Adorkable: For being naive, inexperienced, clumsy, and frequently picked on by Ratcliffe.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV. He's not a villain at all, and he only shoots Kocoum to save John's life.
- Big "NO!": Standing up to Ratcliffe of all people was pretty epic on his part.
- Break the Cutie: After being insulted for being a poor sailor, soldier, and shooter throughout most of the movie, when the poor guy finally becomes more competent and thinks he's doing right by shooting Kocoum to save John's life, he only manages to make things worse.
- Butt-Monkey: 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.
- Character Development: Thomas learns to stand up to Ratcliffe and becomes a more experienced adventurer.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He doesn't appear in the sequel.
- Cool Big Bro: In the opening sequence, he can be seen saying goodbye to his parents and his younger sister.
- Didn't Think This Through: Apparently, killing a man as a part of shooting him never occurred to him.
- Grew a Spine: After being generally incompetent and obedient throughout most of the story, Thomas stands up to Ratcliffe at the end and takes command after John is shot.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Subverted. He is not a villain and he is ineffective for the most part, but the instant he does become effective, he screws the plot over.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Christian Bale said that the animators sketched him so they could model Thomas's movements off his.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Though they are a darker shade than the typical "baby blue".
- My God, What Have I Done?: After shooting Kocoum.
- Naïve Newcomer: 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.
- Nice Guy: He's John's innocent and well-meaning best friend.
- Nice Hat: Seen being put on his head by his little sister at the beginning, returned to him after he is fished out of the sea, and worn by him throughout almost the entire movie.
- Redhead In Green: The only settler, in fact, who wears this color. Can also be seen as Color-Coded for Your Convenience, representing his naivete.
- Sympathetic Murderer: He shoots Kocoum only because the man was very clearly doing his utmost to kill John.
- Teens Are Short: Much shorter than the statuesque Pocahontas.
- Took a Level in Badass: For most of the film, he is fairly incompetent, being a poor sailor, soldier, and shooter. But, by the end of the film, he is able to take leadership among the settlers and have Ratcliffe arrested, after Ratcliffe showed his true colors when he inadvertently shot John.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He shot Kocoum, which almost leads to a war between the colonials and the natives.
Voiced by: Billy ZaneJohn Rolfe is a dashing young English diplomat in service to King James.
- Berserk Button: He becomes absolutely pissed when John Smith accused him of not caring about Pocahontas.John Rolfe: Don't you dare say I don't care about her!
- Betty and Veronica: The "Betty" (a cultured, well-mannered diplomat in charge of looking after Pocahontas) to John Smith's "Veronica" (he's still the rugged, and more arrogant explorer from the first film) for Pocahontas's "Archie". In the end, she part ways with the former because of their different goals in life (her wanting to return home, him wanting to go on more adventures) and her falling in love with the latter.
- Bodyguard Crush: 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.
- Cultured Badass: A dashing young English diplomat in service to King James who is also an expert swordsman.
- Deuteragonist: The second main focus in Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.
- Foil: To John Smith. Rolfe is refined and sophisticated diplomat, while Smith is a rugged, adventurous explorer who is way more badass in the sequel (not that John Rolfe isn't a badass—he is).
- Heroes Prefer Swords: He is quite handy with a sword/rapier.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: In real life, John Rolfe agonized over the "moral repercussions" of marrying Pocahontas "a heathen". In this version, John Rolfe didn't think like that all and only didn't initiate a relationship with her because he thought that she was still in love with John Smith.
- Nice Guy: Brave, kind, generous, courageous, caring, polite, and selfless.
- Nice Hat: His first scene has him wearing a brown hat with a yellow feather.
- Official Couple: He and Pocahontas become a couple by the end of the sequel.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The cultured, diplomat Noble Male to John Smith's rugged, exploring Roguish Male.
- Red Is Heroic: He is dressed in a red noble uniform and is one of the good guys.
- Second Love: He becomes this for Pocahontas after things don't work out between her and John Smith.
- Uptight Loves Wild: While not entirely a stiff, John Rolfe is more reserved and mellow than the adventurous and curious Pocahontas. Compared to the rest of London society, he's practically laid-back.
Voiced by: David Ogden StiersGovernor Ratcliffe is the main antagonist of the film.
- Ambiguously Bi: Nowhere near as flamboyant as Wiggins, but it's heavily implied they're a couple. Given that he outright fantasizes about court ladies swooning over him, he's most likely Camp Straight.
- Antagonistic Governor: Racist, classist, and an all-around asshole. Manages to escape punishment after the events of the first movie because of his social status and wealth.
- Authority in Name Only: Although he does command the mission, he isn't very highly regarded back in England. Not at all, actually.
- Badass Boast: Radcliffe is constantly making threats.
- Badass Cape: Part of his outfit in "Savages".
- Bad Boss: Radcliffe has shown that he is not very nice to his men and treats them horribly, especially Thomas.
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Waging war against the natives. Sure, Smith was in very real mortal peril (although there was no way Pocahontas was going to let him die), but Ratcliffe actually didn't give a rat's ass about Smith's life. In fact, Ratcliffe wanted to rid himself of Smith. Also, he ordered for anyone who wouldn't shoot a native at sight to be hanged for treason. So by his own laws, Smith would have to be considered a bloody traitor.
- Big Bad: While hatred and xenophobia come from both sides of the conflict, Ratcliffe is the one who advances them the most. His greed and "It's All About Me" attitude do him no favors.
- Card-Carrying Villain: It is pretty obvious that Radcliffe does not have good intentions.
- Classic Villain: A combination of Greed and Wrath. Radcliffe wants to own land and have everything that he desires. He desires to control everything and have everything. He is also a bigot and a racist and exhibits hateful behavior towards Natives, so much that he wants to eradicate them.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He leads an expedition to Virginia to find gold. His Evil Plan is to colonize the Native Americans.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Wears purple, and later, dark red-shining black. Though the purple is at least a bit ironic, since that was the color for nobility and royalty.
- Dark Is Evil: Wears darker clothing with purple.
- Deadpan Snarker: Radcliffe is very sarcastic and snide.
- Evil Brit: Ratcliffe is a pretty typical illustration of British bureaucracy from the 1500s. He's also the Big Bad.
- Evil Colonialist: Since he's a racist, money-obsessed warmonger, it's no surprise that he rapidly becomes this trope.
- Evil Counterpart: To Powhatan. Both are commanders of a group of warriors and both have someone prone to overshadowing them (Smith for Ratcliffe, Kocoum for Powhatan). What really sets Ratcliffe apart from Powhatan is his motivation; greed and expansion as opposed to preservation and protection.
- Evil Is Bigger: Due to his Fat Bastard status, he's much bigger than the heroes.
- Evil Is Hammy: Everything about Radcliffe is over the top.
- Evil Is Petty: A xenophobic and horrifyingly racist elitist bastard, and a bully to Thomas.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is quite calm and collected for most of the two films, but he's also a very cruel and ruthless man.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Well, if your Get Rich Quick Scheme was to find gold in Virginia, it is. While Ratcliffe was sold on the lie by the Virginia Company, his behavior once they get there is still inexcusable.
- Fat Bastard: He's an obese, racist, xenophobic, greedy asshole who completely abuses his power and bullies his underlings, using his friendship with King James to avoid any form of consequence.
- Fat Idiot: He displays extreme bigotry and ignorance almost constantly. The whole expedition started because he thought he'd dig up gold in Virginia.
- Feudal Overlord: A rare non-Blue Blood example. 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.
- Greed: He is unbelievably greedy, as evidenced by his insatiable craving for gold.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: The real John Ratcliffe seems to have been more foolishly trusting than villainous. By the way, he was tortured to death (flayed alive, actually) by the Powhatan Indians, who seem to have received a bit of a Historical Hero Upgrade in the movie.
- If I Were a Rich Man: Combined with I Just Want to Be Special. His Villain Song implausibly denies he's bitter, but he'd love to see his rich rivals squirm once he gets back home.
- Implausible Deniability: Denies to himself that there is no gold, just to reassure himself he won't have to return to England having failed his last assignment.
- Ironic Echo: "And he came so highly recommended." Ratcliffe says it of Wiggins after perceiving the latter to be inept; Wiggins utters the very same line tearfully after seeing Ratcliffe being taken away for his crimes.
- It's All About Me: "This is MY land! I make the rules here!" He did absolutely nothing besides shooting Nanutek.
- Jerkass: Obnoxious, selfish, racist and all-around unpleasant.
- Kick the Dog: His constant belittling of Thomas counts as this.
- Large and in Charge: He's the Fat Bastard leader of the English settlers.
- Moral Event Horizon: Crosses it by trying to shoot Chief Powhatan, in-universe. For the audience, he could have crossed the line way earlier for his disregard of other cultures and their significance, but to be fair, every single British person in the movie (and all but one of the natives for that matter) thought like that.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Ratcliffe. He's actually a composite of a few historical figures, but the writers named him after Ratcliffe rather than the ones he more closely resembles specifically because they liked the association.
- Nice Hat: Always seen wearing a hat as part of his attire.
- Oh, Crap!: The look on his face when Smith takes the bullet for Powhatan. Not from any actual remorse, but when your cassus belli was to avenge the settlers' admired captain and you wind up shooting him yourself...
- Pet the Dog: Very small one, but during the "Savages" song, when he and the settlers rush up to "save" John Smith, his expression of horror does appear to be sincere.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Although it had to be toned down, since this is a Disney movie, he still advocates for the deaths of the Indians and refers to them only as "savages".
- Reality Ensues: In the sequel, the court believes Ratcliffe's version of events because his social standing is higher than John Smith's.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Thomas.
- Sissy Villain: "Remember when Disney used to make COOL villains?" It's mostly his vanity, social climbing, and mannerisms that make him appear sissy. He's more than willing to lead the settlers into battle himself.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He shows great confidence, despite the fact that his fellow members of the court consider him a "pathetic social climber".
- Smug Snake: Overconfident? Check. Sarcastic? Check. Not that much of a villain? Double check.
- Villain Song: Mine, Mine, Mine and most of Savages.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Doubles for a 0% Approval Rating. While his men and underlings greatly trust and admire him at least at first, everyone in the palace, as Wiggins denotes, thinks of him as a pathetic social climber, whose last chance of glory is a semi-prestitious journey they actually deem doomed to fail. Ratcliffe even fantasizes about proving those "royal backstabbers" wrong by returning with tons of gold.
Voiced by: David Ogden StiersWiggins is the (former) tertiary antagonist. He was Governor Ratcliffe's manservant.
- Ambiguously Gay: Although you may just wanna drop the "ambiguous" part.
- Break the Cutie: It's Played for Laughs, but after Ratcliffe is arrested, Wiggins is shown crying, lamenting "And he came so highly recommended."
- Brutal Honesty: "Oh yes, that you're a pathetic social climber."
- Bumbling Sidekick: He's definitely a simpleton for Ratcliffe, but is quite capable and efficient in his duties.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: While Ratcliffe is still in the sequel as the main antagonist, Wiggins is not even mentioned.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: At times, he's pretty spacey.
- Comically Missing the Point: "Ooh, gift baskets!"
- The Ditz: Generally dimwitted, though he does have moments of brilliance.
- The Dragon: More like dragon wannabe, for Ratcliffe.
- Dumbass Has a Point: When Ratcliffe asks why the Indians attacked them, Wiggins says, "Because we invaded their land and cut down their trees and dug up their earth?"
- Fat and Skinny: The Skinny to Ratcliffe's Fat.
- Ironic Echo: "And he came so highly recommended."
- Minion with an F in Evil: To Ratcliffe. While his boss is a bad guy, Wiggins is not evil at all, just clueless and foolish.
- Nice Guy: Never personally hated the Natives and in fact proposed that if they should meet them, they could give them some gift baskets as a greeting. He's also one of the only characters who's nice to Percy.
- Non-Action Guy: Particularly evident when you compare him to the other settlers, who are all manly looking.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Is briefly seen securing Ratcliffe's armor during the beginning notes of "Savages", before disappearing and only reappearing in the final scene to comment on Ratcliffe's betrayal.
- Sissy Villain: Leave out the "villain" part.
- Unusual Ears: He has noticeably Pointy Ears, most likely to make him look even more goofy-looking.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By means of making a joke, he inadvertently inspires Ratcliffe's theory of the Natives harboring the gold for themselves.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: He's the manservant to the Big Bad, but is, ironically, possibly the nicest of the settlers in the film.
- Yes-Man: Through most of the movie Wiggins is seen following Ratcliffe's banal orders.
Voiced by: John KassirMeeko is a raccoon and one of Pocahontas' animal friends.
- Big Eater: As lampshaded by John Smith:John Smith: Is this bottomless pit a friend of yours?
- Cartoony Tail: Meeko has a tail that looks really thick at the base and tapers to a fine point, whereas real raccoons usually have tails with a blunt tip or have one that at least doesn't taper so much.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Steals John Smith's compass early in the movie. When he returns it to Pocahontas, she is left to realize that it is the spinning arrow from her dream and thus pointing her toward her destiny of saving John Smith.
- Evil Gloating: Meeko does this all the time. Unlike most who practice this, Meeko is able to get away with it and still win.
- Improvised Weapon: Turns Flit into this, in order to fight off Percy.
- Is It Something You Eat?: His reaction to anything John Smith hands him. If it's not to eat, he'll hoard it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He acts like a jerk to both Flit and Percy. But, he's loyal to Pocahontas, and he has his nice moments even towards Percy in both movies.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Meeko's kleptomania is mostly limited towards food or anything that looks like it could be food.
- Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: Does this to Flit.
- Loyal Animal Companion: To Pocahontas. He's the one who helps her and John Smith get together, and brings his compass to her so she knows where to go to save him in the film's climax.
- Manipulative Bastard: Towards Percy. Whenever Percy has the chance to eat something, Meeko is always there to snatch it away from him. On one occasion, after he hoards a pile of bones intended for the two of them to share, Meeko offers a single bone to Percy. Then he breaks it and offers him a smaller piece, before finally eating it just as Percy was about to grab it.
- Non-Human Sidekick: One of Pocahontas' animal friends.
- Pet the Dog: When Kocoum is shot dead by Thomas, Meeko comforts Percy.
- Rascally Raccoon: When stealing Percy's food.
- Shipper on Deck: For John Smith and Pocahontas, because John feeds him ship's biscuits.
- The Trickster: Enjoys messing with others, particularly Percy.
Voiced by: Frank WelkerFlit is a ruby-throated hummingbird who is a friend of Pocahontas.
- Butt-Monkey: Despite his caution and practical edge. He is often comically abused by Meeko, almost drowns, and John Smith later catches him in a cookie, which was virtually inescapable for him.
- Jaw Drop: Alongside Meeko when Pocahontas learns English.
- Nice Guy: A loyal animal companion, and probably the most likeable animal character of the film; although that's not saying much, as the others are a racoon who is a Manipulative Bastard, and a dog who seems expected to be viewed as a bad guy due to initially being loyal to the movie's villain.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Serves as this for the film.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: An adorable hummingbird.
- Seldom-Seen Species: He's a small hummingbird.
- The Straight Man: To Meeko's antics.
- With Friends Like These...: How does he still tolerate hanging out with Meeko?
Voiced by: Danny MannPercy is the pug of Governor Ratcliffe.
- Butt-Monkey: Usually gets the receiving end of Meeko's tricks.
- The Chew Toy: It would seem that pretty much the entire universe started to completely hate him 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 villain's dog at least before he switches owners. However, no one likes torturing him more than Meeko the raccoon.
- Empathy Pet: After becoming Pocahontas's pet.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: 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.
- Heel–Face Turn: Unsurprisingly, his loyalties shift to Pocahontas once Grandmother Willow shuts him up. He still doesn't quite like Meeko though.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Percy gets one after witnessing a talking tree and a murder in quick succession.
- Perpetual Frowner: In the beginning. He grows out of it, though.
Voiced by: James Apaumut FallKocoum is Chief Powhatan's strongest warrior and fought bravely in the battle against the Massawomecks.
- The Ace: Considered to be Chief Powhatan's best warrior and is noted to be quite handsome.
- Animal Motifs: Bears. He has a pair of bear pawprints colored in red at the beginning of the story by Powhatana and then there's the line from the Chief that Kocoum "fought with the strength of a bear".
- Anti-Villain: Type III. He's not a bad guy, is protective of his people, and loves Pocahontas. When Kocoum spots John Smith and Pocahontas together kissing, he becomes consumed by jealousy and attacks Smith.
- Betty and Veronica: The "Betty" (Powhatan's best warrior) to John Smith's "Veronica" (experienced and mysterious explorer) for Pocahontas's "Archie". Subverted since she makes it clear from the start that she's hardly interested in Kocoum in a romantic sense, preferring John Smith from the moment they met.
- The Comically Serious: Many comment that Kocoum is "so serious".
- Crazy Jealous Guy: From his point of view, one of the white invaders that shot his friend in the leg was defiling his fiancée. But if he had just yelled "HEY!" instead of immediately trying to knife him, things would have been—probably awkward and unpleasant, but not deadly.
- Death of the Hypotenuse: Courtesy of Thomas.
- Foil: To John Smith. Both are great warriors who are immensely popular with their people and fall in love with Pocahontas. An interesting contrast that shows up if one is to bring in Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World is the reaction each man has to losing her. Pocahontas was set by her father to marry Kocoum, and after he catches her and John Smith in a romantic moment together he gives into a violent jealous rage and tries to murder him which leads to his being shot by Smith's comrade Thomas in response. Later on in the sequel John Smith finds his affections for her rivaled in a new "John", Rolfe in this case, and whilst saddened by losing her is ultimately willing to let her go and wish the best for her.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's considered handsome in and out of universe and he's a Walking Shirtless Scene.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Why else would he try and stick a knife in John Smith?
- The Native Rival: 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.
- Perpetual Frowner: Lampshaded. He rarely smiles—not even at his intended bride Pocahontas.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: And he is called out for it.Kocoum: Honorable Powhatan, I will lead our troops to the river! We will defeat them just like we did the Massawomecks!
Powhatan: Kocoum, in that battle, we knew how to fight our enemy.
- Sacrificial Lion: Kocoum's death very nearly serves as the catalyst for an all-out war between the settlers and the Powhatans.
- Serious Business: He takes everything very seriously.
- Screaming Warrior: Giving kids nightmares since 1995. Played for Laughs here.
- The Stoic: At least, until the moment where he sees John and Pocahontas together...
- We Hardly Knew Ye: It's difficult for a viewer to feel too much emotion for 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 doing the same.
Ben and Lon
Voiced by: Billy Connolly (Ben), Joe Baker (Lon)
- "It could look like Ratcliffe's knickers for all I care."
- All There in the Script: Lon is never referred to by name.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Neither one is mentioned or shown in the sequel.
- The Comically Serious: Ben.
- Deadpan Snarkers: "Aye, your singing must have scared him off."
- Gullible Lemmings: Like most of the settlers.
- Happily Married: It's easy to miss, but Lon can be spotted kissing his girlfriend/wife at the beginning of "Virginia Company".
- Heel–Face Turn: Of sorts. They pick the other side in favor of Ratcliffe's, after Ratcliffe shoots their friend John Smith.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Of Ratcliffe, naturally. They call him on it.Ben: Smith was right all along!
Lon: We never should have listened to you!
- Minion with an F in Evil: They aren't bad people, just misinformed.
- Only Sane Man: Ben, a few times, briefly questions Ratcliffe and finds it unfair that the governor orders them to dig for gold for hours without even a meal.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Mainly due to Ratcliffe making the Powhatan out to be vicious savages.Lon: We shot ourselves an Injun, or maybe two or three!
- Punch-Clock Villain: They only attack the Powhatan because of Ratcliffe's orders and lies.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: "He's a big lad! He can take care of himself!"
- Stout Strength: Both are rather strong and stocky. Ben more so than Lon.
- Those Two Guys: The two appear to be close friends and are usually seen together.
- Violent Glaswegian: While not violent by nature, Ben is still a hot-tempered and tough-as-nails Scotsman who isn't afraid to talk back.