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Disney: Pocahontas
There's something in the wind...

Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

The 33rd entry in the Disney Animated Canon, 1995's Pocahontas is inspired by true eventsnote . 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 roots in fantasy, in fact — a supporting character is a talking willow tree.

The film centers around Rebellious Princess 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 Direct-to-Video 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 character sheet!

This film contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Pocahontas and Nakoma.
  • Adaptational Modesty: The real Pocahontas would have most likely been topless.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The opening song mentions "Glory, God, and Gold" as the settlers' motivation.
  • Aerith and Bob: John and Pocahontas. Of course, to Pocahontas, it's the other way around.
  • Age Lift: In real life, the titular character was about 10 years old at the time of the story.
  • All Animals Are Domesticated: Playing with a mother bear's cubs right in front of her? That's a brilliant idea!
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The natives' view of the settlers, and the other way around. Bonus points as the Indians view the settlers' use of firearms as Bad Powers, Bad People.
  • Angry Mob Song: "Savages! Savages! Barely even human!"
  • Angry Native Girl: Pocahontas gives a rather tame example during "Colors of the Wind".
  • Animal Reaction Shot: After the magic of the Virginia woods eliminates the language barrier between John Smith and Pocahontas, Meeko and Flit both share a Jaw Drop and a stunned exchange of looks.
  • Arranged Marriage: Kocoum asks for Pocahontas' hand and her father betroths her to him - she has no say in it.
  • Artistic License – Geography: 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.
  • Artistic License – History: The filmmakers did do the research...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.
  • The Atoner: Both John Smith and Thomas come to mind, the latter one only after his Heel Realization.
  • Award Bait Song: "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 Badass Pacifist. 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 Memetic Badass both in- and out-of-universe.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Firearms + white people equals evil, according to Kekata.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Nakoma.
  • Becoming Part of the Image: 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.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For Powhatan, 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 very angry. Being the movie's Butt Monkey and Designated Villain will make him inevitably fail at getting revenge, but you should at least be prepared for some running.
  • Big Bad: Governor Ratcliffe, obviously. Alternatively he could be called a Big Bad Wannabe: he is set up to pose a serious threat, but is neutralized in the end.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Several for Pocahontas and John. Most iconically, their first kiss next to Grandmother Willow, but the very last one could also count.
  • Big Eater: Meeko.
  • Big Good: Grandmother Willow.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Every Native American word and sentence in this movie was a real word in the lost Powhatan language, although the implied grammar is mostly guessed.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The lovers don't get to stay together, but they and their people are better for the experience.
  • Black and White Morality: Played straight at the extremes: Pocahontas is good, John develops into good, Ratcliffe is bad. Every single other character is some tint of grey.
  • Bloodless Carnage: 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.
    The Nostalgia Chick: But Christian Bale is ever at the ready, and manages to shoot Kocoum right in the... um... spirit?
  • Bowdlerise: The original ending of "Mine, Mine, Mine" was cut because it was too shocking for test audiences.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: For Ratcliffe. Subverted in that we are shown what happens next.
  • Boobs of Steel: Pocahontas.
  • Break the Cutie: Thomas.
  • Break the Haughty: 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.
  • Book Ends: Disney goes back to its roots here, opting for more appropriate parchment instead of a storybook.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • 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 villain's dog 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 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. 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 shooting Kocoum to save John's life, he only manages to make things worse.
  • 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. 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.
  • Cassandra Truth: "But there is no gold!"
  • Catch Phrase: "Listen with your heart."
  • Chekhov's Gun: 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.
  • Chekhov's Skill: 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.
  • The Chew Toy: Flit and Percy.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Our heroine.
  • Closer to Earth: 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.
  • Color-Coded Patrician: Ratcliffe's purple. Purple was the color of nobility. In the Disney universe, purple is also a sign of villainy.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Smith: Pocahontas, that tree is talking to me...
    Pocahontas: Then you should talk back.
    • That's a good example of Native humor, though.
  • Conspicuous CG: Grandmother Willow's face and some of the canoes were animated with painfully obvious and noticeable CG.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Ratcliffe envisions himself wearing a suit of armor made of solid gold, beset with gemstones.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Ratcliffe. Violate social ethics? Check. Devastate mother Nature? Check. Crossed the Moral Event Horizon? Even before the movie properly started.
  • Counterpoint Duet: More like Counterpoint Trio with Chorus—"Savages (Part 2)" has the settlers vs. the Native Americans vs. Pocahontas.
  • Cut Song: "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.
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: Kocoum. Though to be fair, he was killed by Thomas who did it to save John.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Colors of the Wind".
  • Disney Princess: Pocahontas is officially included in this line-up.
  • Description Cut: Immediately after Powhatan expresses his hopes that the settlers will leave, Governor Ratcliffe christens Jamestown.
  • Does Not Like Shoes/Earthy Barefoot Character: 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 "Just Around the Riverbend" as she is climbing into her canoe.
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal: During Kocoum's death. It got fixed at the very end, though.
  • Dramatic Wind: 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 Missing Mom.
    • Russell Means, who voiced Powhatan, points out that wind is a powerful spiritual force in many Native American worldviews.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: 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.
  • Easily Forgiven: After Meeko consoles Percy during his BSOD moment, they become "friends", and all of Meeko's previous trolling is immediately forgotten about.
  • The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Savages".
  • Empathy Pet: Meeko and Flit for Pocahontas, Percy for Ratcliffe (who does a genuinely touching Heel-Face Turn and becomes hers).
    • Granted, Percy was never really a perfect parallel to Ratcliffe in the first place.
  • Epic Tracking Shot: The first shot of Pocahontas is one of these, zooming in and up to focus on her face as she stands on a clifftop.
  • Establishing Character Moment: 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.
  • Evil Brit: Ratcliffe, obviously.
  • Evil Gloating: Meeko does this all the time. Unlike most who practice this, Meeko is able to get away with it and still win.
  • Failure Is the Only Option:
    • 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 Butt Monkey and Designated Villain, Percy can't win in anything, especially eating.
    • The natives' attempt to resist the invasion is equally doomed.
  • Fat Bastard: Ratcliffe, naturally.
  • Feudal Overlord: 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.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: The death of 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. Thomas shows little emotion over just having killed someone, and Chief Powhatan, 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 substantial emotion about this death is Percy. Can be justified as the movie doesn't really have time to explore everyone's feelings about the loss of Kocoum, especially in light of John's impending execution and preparations of war between the settlers and Powhatan's tribe.
  • Foreshadowing: Before the opening title even comes on, we see a rat boarding the ship at the same time as Ratcliffe, just in case you couldn't already tell he was evil by the way he dressed and acted.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Pocahontas.
    • In the Polish dub, when Pocahontas is trying to separate John and Kocoum, she makes very suggestive sounds.
  • 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 go through me first!
    Powatan: Daughter, stay back!!
    Pocahontas: I won't! I love him, Father.
  • Green Aesop: The best-known song, "Colors of the Wind", hammers it home.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Held Gaze: Pocahontas and John Smith share the romantic variant of the trope when they first meet and Smith lowers his gun in awe of her beauty as Pocahontas gazes into his eyes curiously.
  • Heroic BSOD: Percy gets one after witnessing a talking tree and a murder in quick succession.
  • The High Queen: Implied about Pocahontas's deceased mother. Part of Pocahontas's growth is learning to someday become one too.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: John Smith.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Ratcliffe wanted to trade with the Native Americans, not to rob them. He was eventually captured and tortured to death by the Powhatan.
  • Indian Maiden
  • Instant Marksman Just Squeeze Trigger: 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 Ironic Echo when Thomas shoots Kocoum.
  • Ironic Echo: "And he came so highly recommended."
  • Is It Something You Eat?: Meeko's reaction to being handed a gold coin.
  • "I Want" Song: "Just Around the Riverbend" for Pocahontas; "Mine, Mine, Mine" combines this with a Villain Song 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.
  • Jaw Drop: Meeko and Flit do this when witnessing Pocahontas' newfound translation powers.
  • Jerkass: Ratcliffe, and Meeko's behavior toward Flit and especially Percy.
  • "Join the Army," They Said: Why the settlers go to the New World in the first place; that is accurate.
  • Killed Off for Real: Kocoum.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Meeko's kleptomania is mostly limited towards food or anything that looks like it could be food.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Grandmother Willow: "My bark is worse than my bite." ...Even the owls gave an exasperated glance at each other with that one.
  • Language of Love: Sort of. Pocahontas is able to instantly become fluent in English as a result of "listening with her heart".
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: Surprisingly, Meeko of all people pulls one off by stopping Flit from interfering with our protagonists' relationship.
  • Living Prop: See Satellite Character.
  • Made of Iron:
    • Despite all of the physical abuse and malnutrition Percy undergoes in the films, he still manages to always look perfectly healthy.
    • John Smith also qualifies. After taking a bullet for Chief Powhatan, he survives a several-month-long voyage back to England before receiving proper medical care.
  • Male Gaze
  • Manipulative Bastard: Ratcliffe's justification for war is very believable.
  • Meaningful Echo: 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."
  • The Mountains of Illinois: Either the filmmakers didn't do the research on the Tidewater/Coastal Plains region of Virginia, where the movie takes place, or they did, but but didn't care. Because, like the name "Coastal Plains" implies, the area doesn't have any mountains or cliffs.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: 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 says it all.
  • Naïve Newcomer: 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.
  • The Native Rival: 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.
  • Neutral Female: Pocahontas tries in vain to avert this during the fight between John Smith and Kocoum.
  • Nice Hat: 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.
  • Noble Savage: Part of the point.
  • Non-Action Guy: Wiggins, particularly evident when you compare him to the other settlers, who are all manly looking.
  • Not So Different: 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).
  • Nubile Savage: Quite.
  • Off Model: In the scene where Pocahontas and John Smith kiss and Meeko stops Flit from interfering, Flit's wings are missing.
  • Once in a Blue Moon: A "blue corn moon" is actually mentioned during the song "Colors of the Wind".
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: 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!
  • One Head Taller: 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 Match Fade of Pocahontas and John Smith themselves following the trope.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: 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.
  • Opening Chorus: "The Virginia Company" in the pre-credit sequence.
  • Oscar Bait: Disney hoped Pocahontas would score a Best Picture nomination like Beauty and the Beast, hence the (by Disney standards) "serious" tone.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Percy in the beginning of the series. He grows out of it, though.
  • Picture-Perfect Presentation: 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.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Ratcliffe, although it had to be toned down, since this is a Disney movie.
  • Posthumous Character: Pocahontas's mother.
  • The Power of Love: 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 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.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Putting a Hand over His Mouth: Pocahontas hushes Nakoma this way when John Smith approaches.
  • Rascally Raccoon: Meeko
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Ratcliffe tells Thomas that "a man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot".
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: 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.
  • Rebellious Princess: 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.
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation
  • Rule of Symbolism: Aside from much of the imagery during "Colors of the Wind", the Dramatic Wind, and especially the Dramatic Necklace Removal, 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 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 a great thunderhead over the battlefield.
  • Running Gag:
    • Meeko's hunger and Percy suffering for it.
    • Also, John Smith's "I've been through worse scrapes/suffered worse wounds than this...can't think of any at the moment, but.."
  • Sacrificial Lion: Kocoum.
  • Satellite Character: Despite constantly hovering about the main character, Flit seems to serve absolutely no purpose in the story. Unlike the other two animal sidekicks, he doesn't play a part in the subplot. What little contributions he has, he spends playing the Straight Man to Meeko.
    • Wiggins too. He's just there to give Radcliffe someone to bounce his thoughts and schemes off of.
  • Scenery Porn: Although highly inaccurate.
  • Seldom Seen Species: Flit.
  • Setting Off Song: "The Virginia Company" and its reprise.
  • Settling the Frontier: The English at Jamestown.
  • Shipper on Deck: Meeko, mainly because John feeds him.
  • Shown Their Work: Hollywood History aside, the film does give a surprisingly accurate portrayal of Native American life for the time period.
  • Sissy Villain: 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. Not to mention being the one to try and shoot Powhatan, even if John Smith jumped in the way.
  • The Smurfette Principle: 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 while Pocahontas's friend Nakoma ends up an Unwitting Instigator of Doom.
  • Spirit Advisor: Grandmother Willow, who manifests herself in an animate tree. She is apparently visible only to Pocahontas, her animal friends and, later, John Smith.
  • Staggered Zoom: Used to zoom in on Ratcliffe at the start of the second half of "Savages".
  • Star-Crossed Lovers
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Happens at the end of Ratcliffe's Villain Song.
  • Taking the Bullet: John Smith dives to save Powhatan from an overzealous Ratcliffe.
  • That Old Time Prescription: Pocahontas gives John Smith willow bark for the pain after he is shot in the side.
  • This Means War!: The lead-in and basis for "Savages".
  • This Means Warpaint: The Powhatan tribesmen apply warpaint in the "Savages" number.
  • Those Two Guys: Ben and Lon.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Percy is quite frequently given the opportunity to enjoy various foods and treats. Unfortunately...
  • Tribal Face Paint: The Native Americans do this.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Played with, with Nakoma. When she sends Kocoum off after Pocahontas, she knows very well that something will happen, in fact she wants it to—her fear of the settlers and how close Pocahontas is getting to John, along with her disobeying of her father, makes Nakoma feel she has to intervene to save their village/save Pocahontas from the white man. But she had no idea her decision would lead to 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.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: As mentioned earlier, the movie is based on the legend of Pocahontas rather than what actually happened.
  • Victorious Chorus: One of the more epic versions in the canon—but played with, as the movie's Bittersweet Ending makes it more heart-wrenching than celebratory.
  • Villain Song: "Mine, Mine, Mine" and "Savages".
  • The Villain Sucks Song: "Savages", since each side is the villain from the other's point of view.
  • Wasn't That Fun?: John comments "That was refreshing!" after leaping overboard to rescue Thomas.
  • 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.
  • Wise Tree: Grandmother Willow.
  • With Friends Like These...: Meeko and Percy.
    • Flit also seems to be exasperated with Meeko's behavior. How exactly are these two supposed to be friends?
  • You Are Worth Hell: "Pocahontas, I'd rather die tomorrow, than live a hundred years without knowing you."

The sequel includes examples of:

  • Almost Kiss: Pocahontas and John Rolfe.
  • Anachronism Stew: Particularly egregious with the fashions, which are an eclectic mix of European fashions from various eras all thrown together into what's supposed to be Jacobean England. We have King James dressed in medieval clothing (hopelessly outdated by the 17th century) while Pocahontas's makeover scene features her being dressed in pantalettes and a crinoline (both from the 19th century, two hundred years in the future).
  • Art Evolution: 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.
  • Back from the Dead: John Smith, once to Pocahontas and once to the soldiers attempting to invade the New World.
  • Badass: John Smith in the second movie could have written this trope all by himself.
    John Rolfe: Who started the party without me?
    John Smith: You call this a party?
    John Rolfe: You're not having any fun?
  • Blind Without 'Em: Mrs. Jenkins.
  • 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.
  • Canon Discontinuity: 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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Thomas and Wiggins are nowhere to be seen in the sequel.
  • Circle of Shame: This happens to Pocahontas when she attempts to stop a bear-baiting at King James' party.
  • Conspicuous CG: The ships in Ratcliffe's armada during the final battle scene.
  • Continuity Nod: 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.
  • Crowd Song: "What A Day In London".
  • Foil: John Rolfe to John Smith: one is refined and sophisticated, while the other is way more badass (not that John Rolfe isn't a badass—he is).
  • Heroic Vow: John Rolfe.
  • The High Queen: 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.
  • Historical In-Joke: "What A Day In London" features William Shakespeare, in a cameo, getting the idea for the line "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.)
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The King.
    • At the end of the second one, however, King James has Ratcliffe arrested and possibly even hanged.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: 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.
  • Ironic Echo: "Pity. I so would have preferred to see you hang."
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: How the movie decides to resolve the John Smith/John Rolfe rivalry.
  • Just a Woman: John Rolfe towards Pocahontas at the beginning.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite nearly starting an all-out genocidal war, and failing to bring back resources and riches back to England, Ratcliffe is seen in the Direct-to-Video sequel with no loss of power or wealth (but he gets his comeuppance in the end, though).
  • Love at First Sight: Pocahontas seems a little too starry-eyed over John Rolfe at first.
  • The Makeover
  • Manipulative Bastard: 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.
  • Merchandise-Driven: One wonders if this was the main reasoning behind putting Pocahontas into a pimped-out Western ball gown.
  • Never Found the Body: Which is why John is able to pull off Faking the Dead.
  • News Travels Fast: News of John Smith's apparent death somehow beats John Rolfe across the Atlantic, despite it happening after he left.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with the two Johns.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Pick any character in "What A Day In London".
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Plenty, as it took place at a royal court.
  • The Plan: Ratcliffe pulls one right after "Things Are Not What They Appear" at the Hunt Ball feast.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: A lot of John Smith's lines.
    John Smith: [stops Ratcliffe from killing Pocahontas] Mind if I cut in?
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Almost word for word with John Smith.
  • Second Love: 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.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: All the ship's crew except John Smith.
  • The Silent Bob: Uttamattomakkin.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Pocahontas's elaborate updo for the Hunt Ball has come undone while she's in the Tower.
  • Spot of Tea: In typical English fashion, Mrs. Jenkins puts on a cup of tea for every occasion. This is an anachronism, by the way. Tea wasn't introduced to England until about 1660.
  • Tsundere: Pocahontas towards John Rolfe (at first).
  • The Unpronounceable: Uttamatomakkin (it was John Rolfe who started calling him "Uti").
  • Took a Level in Badass: As stated above, John Smith. Though he also Took a Level in Jerkass, 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 Big Bad, 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.
  • Women Are Wiser: 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.

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