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.
Badass Pacifist: She never picks up a weapon or gets into a fight, but accomplishes a great deal without it.
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.
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.
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.
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 (very!) authorative father.
Tragic Keepsake: Her deceased mother's necklace. Even more so after Kocoum destroys it while falling to his death.
Wise Beyond Their Years: The only person in the 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."
Unexpected Successor: It's implied that she is taking Kocoum's place as her father's successor, especially in the closing scene.
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 9-11 years old at the time this story (allegedly) took place.
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: It's not done negatively, but 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.
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.
Heel-Face Turn: Somewhat. While not a bad guy at heart, his intentions to steal the Virginian land and "civilize" the "savages" are midly villainous at worst and thorougly short-sighted and inconsiderate at best. Pocahontas turns him around to make him realize the natives are fine on their own, and the land is not, in fact, under British ownership.
Hidden Depths: "I've never really belonged anywhere." Which gives a whole new meaning to the entire exploring obsession he has.
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.
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.
Official Couple: With oh guess who. Due to this, it is deemed very unsafe to mention the sequel, where Pocahontas is paired with John Rolfe to Pocahontas fans. Thankfully, Disney itself affirms the Official Couple status of Pocahontas and John Smith on their merchandise and other media.
Star-Crossed Lovers: With Pocahontas. While they love each other, their relationship is inevitably doomed.
Taking the Bullet: For Powhatan. Ratcliffe tries to shoot Powhatan, but John takes the shot.
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 Alternatively this could be an inaccurate representation of history - one could argue Powhatan had his reasons not to attack the British camp for just one of his seventy children when there was a war at hand. But then again, this is up for historical debate.
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: Tries to be 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.
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 John Smith.
Chick Magnet: Both in-universe and out. A sizable bout of the Pocahontas fandom prefers him over John Smith.
Crazy Jealous Guy: From his point of view, one of the white invaders that shot his friend in the leg was defiling his fiancée.
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.
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.
Voiced by: Linda Hunt
"Listen with your heart - you will understand."
Big Good: Of this movie. Doubles with The Obi-Wan as she does teach the main characters some really valuable lessons.
Breakout Character: Most often seen on Pocahontas merchandise and posters. She seems to be the one character that is generally liked regardless of people's opinions on the movie she is in.
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.
Cool Big Bro: In the opening sequence, he can be seen saying goodbye to his parents and his younger sister.
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 a little kid at the beginning, returned to him after he is fished out of the sea, and worn by him throughout almost the entire movie.
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, he 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: But because of his weak showing in terms of villainy, he is overshadowed by the themes of hate and xenophobia, which become the overlapping Bigger Bad.
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.
Evil Brit: Ratcliffe is a pretty typical illustration of British bureaucracy from the 1500s. He's also the Big Bad.
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.
Feudal Overlord: 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.
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.
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 thought like that.
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 eons of gold.
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.
Butt Monkey: 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.
Jaw Drop: Alongside Meeko when Pocahontas learns English.
Butt Monkey: 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.