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[[caption-width-right:330:There's something in the wind...]]

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

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

The film centers around RebelliousPrincess Pocahontas, who has been promised to the best warrior of the tribe by her father Chief Powhatan, but she senses she has a greater purpose in life than this. When English settlers arrive to form the Jamestown colony, she meets the idealistic John Smith, the one member of the group who is interested more in adventure and the beauty of the land than the gold said to lie in it, which Governor Ratcliffe exhorts the others to dig up. Each an outcast among his/her own people, they fall in love.

But both groups are intensely mistrustful of the other -- the Native Americans fear the English will ravage their land and people; the English regard themselves superior to the "savage" natives. When a rendezvous between the lovers leads to the death of her intended at the hands of a settler, John Smith is captured and sentenced to die by Powhatan, and (utterly convinced that the natives hide the gold) Ratcliffe intends to use this as the perfect excuse to exterminate the natives. Only Pocahontas can save both worlds.

A DirectToVideo sequel was released in 1998, ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld'', that applied similar fictionalization to Pocahontas' later life, namely her journey to England and marriage to John Rolfe.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: Pocahontas and Nakoma.
* AdaptationalModesty: The real Pocahontas would have most likely been topless.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The opening song mentions "[[JoinTheArmyTheySaid Glory, God, and Gold]]" as the settlers' motivation.
* AerithAndBob: John and Pocahontas. Of course, to Pocahontas, it's the other way around.
* AgeLift: In real life, the titular character was about 10 years old at the time of the story.
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: Playing with a mother bear's cubs right in front of her? That's a brilliant idea!
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The natives' view of the settlers, and the other way around. Bonus points as the Indians view the settlers' use of firearms as BadPowersBadPeople.
* AngryMobSong: "Savages! Savages! Barely even human!"
* [[AngryBlackMan Angry Native Girl]]: Pocahontas gives a rather tame example during "Colors of the Wind".
* AnimalReactionShot: After the magic of the Virginia woods eliminates the language barrier between John Smith and Pocahontas, Meeko and Flit both share a JawDrop and a stunned exchange of looks.
* ArrangedMarriage: Kocoum asks for Pocahontas' hand and her father betroths her to him - she has no say in it.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: This story is set in coastal Virginia, but there are mountains and thick pine forests. While there are certainly mountains in Virginia, they're hundreds of miles away from the coast... which is quite flat and swampy.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The filmmakers did do the research...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PhTF1FD3SA they just ignored a lot of it]].
** As the filmmakers admitted, they were purposefully adapting the ''legend'' of Pocahontas, and strictly ''ignoring'' the historical accuracy. They even admitted to knowingly "aging up" Pocahontas.
* TheAtoner: Both John Smith and Thomas come to mind, the latter one only after his HeelRealization.
* AwardBaitSong: "Colors of the Wind", which won the Oscar.
** And the song "If I Never Knew You", which was cut from the theatrical release.
* {{Badass}}: John Smith and Pocahontas are both eventually a BadassPacifist. Chief Powhatan comes back from winning a war and uniting several warring tribes, which makes him quite eligible for this title as well. Finally, Kocoum is a MemeticBadass both in- and out-of-universe.
* BadPowersBadPeople: Firearms + white people equals ''evil'', according to Kekata.
* BareYourMidriff: Nakoma.
* BecomingPartOfTheImage: Ratcliffe does this with a painting of King James during the song "Mine, Mine, Mine". The result is Ratcliffe's face replacing that of King James on the painting. Unlike most other examples, he does it on purpose.
* BerserkButton:
** For Powhatan, [[spoiler:killing his daughter's intended fiancé and most precious warrior.]]
*** Which makes it into sort of a plot hole when you realize he never actively sought out the real murderer on-screen.
** Steal Percy's food, or just mess with him in general, and he will get ''[[HairTriggerTemper very]]'' [[HairTriggerTemper angry]]. Being the movie's ButtMonkey and DesignatedVillain will make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption inevitably fail]] at getting revenge, but you should at least be prepared for [[ChaseScene some running]].
* BigBad: Governor Ratcliffe, obviously. Alternatively he could be called a BigBadWannabe: he is set up to pose a serious threat, but is neutralized in the end.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Several for Pocahontas and John. Most iconically, their first kiss next to Grandmother Willow, but the very last one could also count.
* BigEater: Meeko.
* BigGood: Grandmother Willow.
* BilingualBonus: Every Native American word and sentence in this movie was [[ShownTheirWork a real word in the lost Powhatan language]], although the implied grammar is mostly guessed.
* BittersweetEnding: The lovers don't get to stay together, but they and their people are better for the experience.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Played straight at the extremes: Pocahontas is good, John develops into good, Ratcliffe is bad. Every single other character is some tint of {{grey|AndGrayMorality}}.
* BloodlessCarnage: Several characters are shot, sometimes fatally, with no blood or other visible sign of injury. This leads to a case of {{Narm}} with the "Savages" verse "I wonder if they even bleed" because... they ''don't''.
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:''' But Christian Bale is ever at the ready, and manages to shoot Kocoum right in the... um... [[BloodlessCarnage spirit?]]
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM4NStElEfs original ending]] of "Mine, Mine, Mine" was cut because it was too shocking for test audiences.
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler:For Ratcliffe.]] Subverted in that we are shown what happens next.
* BoobsOfSteel: Pocahontas.
* BreakTheCutie: Thomas.
* BreakTheHaughty: For John Smith. It results in some remarkable character development in which he drops his xenophobia. Governor Ratcliffe, when faced with the same lesson as John Smith (love transcends cultural differences and other cultures are to be respected in order to preserve peace) realistically blocked out and snapped.
* BookEnds: Disney goes back to its roots here, opting for more appropriate parchment instead of a storybook.
* ButtMonkey:
** It would seem that pretty much the entire universe started to completely hate Percy the pug as soon as he landed in America. He's quite frequently tripping, falling from high heights, or smashing into things, all because he happens to be the [[DesignatedVillain villain's dog]] [[spoiler:at least before he switches owners]]. However, no one likes torturing him more than Meeko the raccoon. Whenever Percy has the chance to eat something, Meeko is always there to snatch it away from him. On one occasion, after he hordes a pile of bones intended for the two of them to share, Meeko [[ThrowTheDogABone offers a single bone to Percy.]] Then he breaks it and offers him a ''smaller'' piece, before finally [[YankTheDogsChain eating it just as Percy was about to grab it]]. What a bastard.
** And Flit, who despite his caution and practical edge, is often comically abused by Meeko. Almost ''drowns'' within a minute of being introduced. John Smith later catches him in a cookie, which was virtually inescapable for him.
** Thomas throughout 3/4 of the movie--he nearly drowns (mere minutes into the movie), is clumsy, can't shoot and is manipulated by Ratcliffe. Even when he thinks he's doing right by [[spoiler:shooting Kocoum to save John's life]], he only manages to make things worse.
* CartoonyTail: Meeko has a tail that looks really thick at the base and tapers to a fine point, whereas real raccoons usually [[http://theodorafur.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/001.83174138_std.JPG have tails with a blunt tip or have one that at least doesn't taper so much]]. To be fair, a raccoon's tail can taper to a fine point, but most raccoons' tails do not look that thick at the base.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:"But there is no gold!"]]
* CatchPhrase: "Listen with your heart."
* ChekhovsGun: Pocahontas' dream of a spinning arrow comes into play when she is unsure of what to do during John Smith's impending execution. She then looks at his compass which she has been carrying, and it spins wildly until it points to the direction he is in, allowing her to finally follow her destiny.
* ChekhovsSkill: Pocahontas' very first scene shows her effortlessly jumping several feet off a cliff into the water and appearing unharmed. Whether this is part of her spiritual abilities or not is debatable, but during "Savages" she finds herself capable of nigh levitation and running with the wind.
* TheChewToy: Flit and Percy.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Our heroine.
* CloserToEarth: Pocahontas and John Smith. By comparison, the rest of her tribe is just as aggressive and violent as the settlers; their leaders and warriors are returning from a successful conquest when we first see them.
* ColorCodedPatrician: Ratcliffe's purple. Purple was the color of nobility. In the Disney universe, purple is also a sign of villainy.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Smith:''' Pocahontas, that tree is talking to me...\\
'''Pocahontas:''' Then you should talk back.
** That's a good example of Native humor, though.
* ConspicuousCG: [[WiseTree Grandmother Willow's]] face and some of the canoes were animated with painfully obvious and noticeable CG.
* ConspicuousConsumption: Ratcliffe envisions himself wearing a suit of armor made of solid gold, beset with gemstones.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ratcliffe. Violate social ethics? Check. Devastate mother Nature? Check. Crossed the MoralEventHorizon? Even before the movie properly started.
* CounterpointDuet: More like Counterpoint Trio with Chorus--"Savages (Part 2)" has the settlers vs. the Native Americans vs. Pocahontas.
* CutSong: "If I Never Knew You", later animated and restored for the 10th anniversary DVD. However, the 2-Movie Collection Blu-Ray and DVD cut it out again.
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Kocoum. Though to be fair, he was killed by Thomas who did it to save John.]]
* DisneyAcidSequence: "Colors of the Wind".
* Franchise/DisneyPrincess: Pocahontas is officially included in this line-up.
* DescriptionCut: Immediately after Powhatan expresses his hopes that the settlers will leave, Governor Ratcliffe christens Jamestown.
* DoesNotLikeShoes[=/=]EarthyBarefootCharacter: The Native American Indians of the film are perpetually barefoot except for a few pairs of moccasins.
** There's even a brief closeup of Pocahontas' feet at the start of the song [[IWantSong "Just Around the Riverbend"]] as she is climbing into her canoe.
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: During [[spoiler:Kocoum's death]]. It got fixed at the very end, though.
* DramaticWind: And how! The heroine is almost constantly followed by winds that artistically blow leaves around. According to Wikipedia, this wind actually represents the guiding spirit of her MissingMom.
** Russell Means, who voiced Powhatan, points out that wind ''is'' a powerful spiritual force in many Native American worldviews.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Wiggins hits the nail on the head for why the Native Americans attacked the Englishmen while they were digging for their gold. This astonishingly accurate assumption is ignored because Ratcliffe thinks that the Indians are hoarding the gold for themselves and don't want the English to take it.
** Ironically the Native Americans weren't even attacking -- Chief Powhatan's command was to observe them, not engage.
* EasilyForgiven: After Meeko consoles Percy during his [[HeroicBSOD BSOD]] moment, they become "[[WithFriendsLikeThese friends]]", and all of Meeko's previous [[ManipulativeBastard trolling]] is immediately forgotten about.
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Savages".
* EmpathyPet: Meeko and Flit for Pocahontas, Percy for Ratcliffe (who does a genuinely touching HeelFaceTurn and becomes hers).
** Granted, Percy was never really a perfect parallel to Ratcliffe in the first place.
* EpicTrackingShot: The first shot of Pocahontas is one of these, zooming in and up to focus on her face as she stands on a clifftop.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Three of them in the same scene. Thomas is washed overboard because of his clumsiness. John promptly jumps overboard after him, saying the rest of the crew would do the same for him. Then Ratcliffe comes along, gives a resounding speech in front of the men, and proceeds to demean them when alone with Percy and Wiggins.
* EvilBrit: Ratcliffe, obviously.
* EvilGloating: Meeko does this ''all the time''. Unlike most who practice this, Meeko is able to get away with it and still win.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption:
** The English colonists' mission to amass gold was destined to fail from the outset, due to Virginia having a complete lack of the resource they were seeking.
** Also, due to his double status as ButtMonkey and DesignatedVillain, Percy can't win in anything, especially eating.
** The natives' attempt to resist the invasion is equally doomed.
* FantasyAmericana
* FatBastard: Ratcliffe, naturally.
* FeudalOverlord: Governor Ratcliffe. He orders the settlers to build a fortress, burn down trees and attack the natives, all to dig up gold which isn't actually present. He didn't have permission by any member of the royal family to do this.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: The death of [[spoiler:Kocoum]] has very little effect on most of the characters. While the heroine is seen mourning shortly after the event, it's not because of his death but because of Smith's impending execution. [[spoiler:Thomas]] shows little emotion over just having killed someone, and Chief Powhatan, [[spoiler:who had thought especially highly of Kocoum]], does not seem too concerned about finding the real murderer after Smith is let go. The only character who really shows any [[HeroicBSOD substantial emotion]] about this death is Percy. Can be justified as the movie doesn't really have time to explore everyone's feelings about [[spoiler:the loss of Kocoum]], especially in light of John's impending execution and preparations of war between the settlers and Powhatan's tribe.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Before the opening title even comes on, we see a rat boarding the ship at the same time as Ratcliffe, [[ViewersAreMorons just in case you couldn't already tell he was evil]] by [[ObviouslyEvil the way he dressed and acted.]]
** [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Ratcliffe pumps up the crew's morale incredibly easily after the storm]], which paves the way for how easily he turns them into bloodthirsty racists at the climax.
** This verse from "Just Around the Riverbend":
--->'''Pocahontas''': ''I look once more''\\
''Just around the riverbend'',\\
''Beyond the shore'',\\
'''Somewhere past the sea''',\\
''Don't know what for''...
** [[StarCrossedLovers Oh yes, you know]]...
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Pocahontas.
** In the Polish dub, when Pocahontas is trying to separate John and Kocoum, she makes ''very'' suggestive sounds.
* GoThroughMe: Near the end, when Pocahontas shields John Smith from the attempted blows of her father's club:
-->'''Pocahontas:''' If you kill him, you'll have to go through me first!\\
'''Powatan:''' Daughter, stay back!!\\
'''Pocahontas:''' I won't! I love him, Father.
* GreenAesop: The best-known song, "Colors of the Wind", hammers it home.
* GrewASpine: After being generally incompetent and obedient throughout most of the story, Thomas [[spoiler:stands up to Ratcliffe at the end and takes command after John is shot]].
* HairTriggerTemper: Percy is very quick to anger, but he has a longer fuse than most people on the list. Plus, there is generally a very good reason for him to get angry.
* HeldGaze: Pocahontas and John Smith share the romantic variant of the trope when they first meet and Smith lowers his gun in awe of her beauty as Pocahontas gazes into his eyes curiously.
* HeroicBSOD: Percy gets one after witnessing a talking tree and a murder in quick succession.
* TheHighQueen: Implied about Pocahontas's deceased mother. Part of Pocahontas's growth is learning to someday become one too.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: John Smith.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: 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.
* IndianMaiden
* InstantMarksmanJustSqueezeTrigger: John Smith gives the inexperienced Thomas advice on how to handle his gun, including a gentle reminder to "keep both eyes open". This becomes an IronicEcho when [[spoiler:Thomas shoots Kocoum]].
* IronicEcho: "And he came so highly recommended."
* IsItSomethingYouEat: Meeko's reaction to being handed a gold coin, and a compass.
* IWantSong: "Just Around the Riverbend" for Pocahontas; "Mine, Mine, Mine" combines this with a VillainSong for Ratcliffe, serving as a counterpoint to John Smith's purer intentions.
** Just to make things odd, Ratcliffe seems to be saying he'll take everything they dig up for himself, but the men of the company find the song inspiring, since they seem to understand 'mine!' as a command.
* JawDrop: Meeko and Flit do this when witnessing Pocahontas' newfound translation powers.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ratcliffe, and Meeko's behavior toward Flit and especially Percy.
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: Why the settlers go to the New World in the first place; [[TruthInTelevision that is accurate]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Kocoum.]]
* KleptomaniacHero: Meeko's kleptomania is mostly limited towards food or anything that [[IsItSomethingYouEat looks like it could be food]].
* LamePunReaction: Grandmother Willow: "My bark is worse than my bite." ...[[AnimalReactionShot Even the owls]] gave an exasperated glance at each other with that one.
* LanguageOfLove: Sort of. Pocahontas is able to instantly become fluent in English as a result of "listening with her heart".
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Surprisingly, ''Meeko'' of all people pulls one off by stopping Flit from interfering with our protagonists' relationship.
%%* LivingProp
* MadeOfIron:
** Despite all of the physical abuse and malnutrition [[ButtMonkey Percy]] undergoes in the films, he still manages to always look perfectly healthy.
** John Smith also qualifies. After [[HeroicSacrifice taking a bullet]] for Chief Powhatan, he survives a several-month-long voyage back to England before receiving proper medical care.
*** And then he survives 17th-century [[WorstAid European medical care]].
* MaleGaze
* ManipulativeBastard: Ratcliffe's justification for war is very believable.
* MeaningfulEcho: Not quite direct, but possibly intentional. When John rescues Thomas at the beginning, he says to the rest of the men, "Of course, any of you would do the same for me." When John is taken prisoner, Thomas says they have to rescue him as "he'd do the same for any of us."
* TheMountainsOfIllinois: Either the filmmakers didn't do the research on the Tidewater/Coastal Plains region of Virginia, where the movie takes place, or they did, but [[TheyJustDidntCare but didn't care]]. Because, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin like the name "Coastal Plains" implies]], the area doesn't have any mountains or cliffs.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Thomas informs the colony that they've taken John prisoner and the men gear up for war, not simply a rescue mission, his face throughout "''Savages''" pretty much [[OhCrap says it all]].
* NaiveNewcomer: Thomas.
** By a very loose interpretation of this trope, arguably the rest of the English colonists qualify as well. They were greatly misinformed or uninformed about the realities of the New World.
* TheNativeRival: Kocoum, mainly because he's annoyed at John Smith for getting romantically involved with his intended bride. He ends up getting killed by Thomas (John Smith's friend) while trying to murder Smith.
* NeutralFemale: Pocahontas tries in vain to avert this during the fight between John Smith and Kocoum.
* NiceHat: Thomas's floppy green beret may not be fancy, but he's never seen without it and it is nice enough that John bothers to retrieve it from the sea when he's rescuing Thomas. There's a shot of him giving it back once they're both safely back on deck.
* NobleSavage: Part of the point.
* NonActionGuy: Wiggins, particularly evident when you compare him to the other settlers, who are all manly looking.
* NotSoDifferent: The natives and the settlers. A fairly dark example, considering our first view of the natives is their warriors returning from conquering/destroying another tribe and the ending only avoided being a massacre because both sides launched their sneak attacks at the same time. Lampshaded when both of them sing a similar song (in fact "Savages" can be considered this trope in song form, as much for some of the expressions and animation choices as for the lyrics).
* NubileSavage: Quite.
* OffModel: In the scene where Pocahontas and John Smith kiss and Meeko stops Flit from interfering, Flit's wings are missing.
** Earlier in the movie, when Meeko starts banging John Smith's compass, when Smith yells "Hey!" [[FreezeFrameBonus pausing at the right time shows]] Smith's mouth open so big it's [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]].
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: The end of "Savages (Reprise)".
-->'''Men:''' Now we sound the drums...of... \\
'''Pocahontas:''' (Is the death of all I love carried in the drumming of...?) \\
'''Men:''' WAR!
* OneHeadTaller: Highlighted in the "Colors of the Wind" number. Pocahontas and John Smith send eagles up to the top of a tree with John Smith's eagle being one head taller than Pocahontas's eagle. This leads into a [[MatchCut Match Fade]] of Pocahontas and John Smith themselves following the trope.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: John Smith can't seem seem to decide whether he has a British accent, an American one that won't be around for a few centuries, or even Mel Gibson's Australian accent, a country which would have only ''just'' have been discovered when the film was set.
* OpeningChorus: "The Virginia Company" in the pre-credit sequence.
* OscarBait: Disney hoped ''Pocahontas'' would score a Best Picture nomination like ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', hence the (by Disney standards) "serious" tone.
* PerpetualFrowner: Percy in the beginning of the series. [[CharacterDevelopment He grows out of it, though]].
* PicturePerfectPresentation: The movie starts with a woodcut of London Harbor that transitions to the harbor in-animation, zooming in on the dock where the colonists are boarding and loading their ship. It ends with a shot of Pocahontas on the cliff, watching John Smith's ship heading back to England, transitioning back into a woodcut.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Ratcliffe, although it had to be toned down, since this is a Disney movie.
* PosthumousCharacter: Pocahontas's mother.
* ThePowerOfLove: Not the typical magical effect it usually has in Disney movies, but saving both a lover and a people from extermination is not to be sneezed at.
** It could be that the power of love helped Pocahontas and John Smith [[LanguageOfLove overcome the language barrier]] in about five seconds. Supposedly, the pink and purple leaves swirling about were her mom's spirit/symbolic of the power of love. This seems so powerful that it lets Nakoma understand English too.
* ProtagonistTitle
* PuttingAHandOverHisMouth: Pocahontas hushes Nakoma this way when John Smith approaches.
* RascallyRaccoon: Meeko
* ARealManIsAKiller: Ratcliffe tells Thomas that "a man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot".
* RapunzelHair
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: If you take away the romantic images accompanying it and look purely at the lyrics, "Colors of the Wind" is this in song.
** Pocahontas also delivers one when saving John Smith from execution.
* RebelliousPrincess: Pocahontas is a {{downplayed|Trope}} version; for example, when her father tells her that he wants her to marry Kocuom she's clearly not thrilled, but doesn't outright reject the idea.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RuleOfSymbolism: Aside from much of the imagery during "Colors of the Wind", the DramaticWind, and especially the DramaticNecklaceRemoval, there's the scene where Grandmother Willow tries to convince John to go with Pocahontas to meet with her father by showing him how ripples can spread "but someone has to start them." Also "Savages" is chock full of it, from the superimposed images of the settlers and Ratcliffe in the fire and of Pocahontas's face as she [[RaceAgainstTheClock rushes to get there to save John and avert the war]] to the way the smoke from the settlers' and tribesmen's torches rises up to join and form [[EmpathicWeather a great thunderhead]] over the battlefield.
* RunningGag:
** Meeko's hunger and Percy suffering for it.
** Also, [[BoldExplorer John Smith]]'s "I've been through worse scrapes/suffered worse wounds than this...can't think of any at the moment, but.."
* SacrificialLion: Kocoum.
* SatelliteCharacter: Despite constantly hovering about the main character, Flit seems to serve absolutely no purpose in the story. Unlike the other two [[NonHumanSidekick animal sidekicks]], he doesn't play a part in the subplot. What little contributions he has, he spends playing the StraightMan to Meeko.
** Wiggins too. He's just there to give Radcliffe someone to bounce his thoughts and schemes off of.
* SceneryPorn: Although [[ArtisticLicenseGeography highly inaccurate]].
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Flit.
* SettingOffSong: "The Virginia Company" and its reprise.
* SettlingTheFrontier: The English at Jamestown.
* ShipperOnDeck: Meeko, mainly because John feeds him.
* ShownTheirWork: HollywoodHistory aside, the film does give a surprisingly accurate portrayal of Native American life for the time period.
* SissyVillain: Ratcliffe subverts this. He's vain, greedy, and wears pink, but he's also the first to be suited up for battle and leads the Virginians from the front. [[spoiler:Not to mention being the one to try and shoot Powhatan, even if John Smith jumped in the way.]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Does better averting this than other Disney Renaissance movies. In addition to the main heroine, there are two female supporting characters with big influences on the plot. Grandmother Willow is the {{Mentor|s}} while Pocahontas's friend Nakoma ends up an UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom.
* SpiritAdvisor: Grandmother Willow, who manifests herself in an animate tree. She is apparently visible only to Pocahontas, her animal friends and, later, John Smith.
* StaggeredZoom: Used to zoom in on Ratcliffe at the start of the second half of "Savages".
* StarCrossedLovers
* StuffBlowingUp: Happens at the end of Ratcliffe's VillainSong.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:John Smith dives to save Powhatan from an overzealous Ratcliffe.]]
* ThatOldTimePrescription: Pocahontas gives John Smith willow bark [[spoiler:for the pain after he is shot in the side.]]
* ThisMeansWar: The lead-in and basis for "Savages".
* ThisMeansWarpaint: The Powhatan tribesmen apply warpaint in the "Savages" number.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Ben and Lon.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Percy is quite frequently given the opportunity to enjoy various foods and treats. Unfortunately...
** YankTheDogsChain: ...[[{{Jerkass}} Meeko]] steals them from him ''every single time''. He can't catch a break.
* TribalFacePaint: The Native Americans do this.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Played with, with Nakoma. When she sends 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 [[spoiler:Kocoum's death]], John being slated for execution, or incipient war. It's quite clear she is horrified by the results, and she does do what little she can to make it up to her friend.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: As mentioned earlier, the movie is based on the legend of Pocahontas rather than what actually happened.
* VictoriousChorus: One of the more epic versions in the canon--but played with, as the movie's BittersweetEnding makes it more heart-wrenching than celebratory.
* VillainSong: "Mine, Mine, Mine" and "Savages".
* TheVillainSucksSong: "Savages", since each side is the villain from the other's point of view.
* WasntThatFun: John comments "That was refreshing!" after leaping overboard to rescue Thomas.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: It's difficult for a viewer to feel too much emotion for [[spoiler:Kocoum]]'s death when he barely had any screen time or characterization in the movie. This doesn't excuse some members of the cast, who should have known him a lot better, from [[ForgottenFallenFriend doing the same]].
* WiseTree: Grandmother Willow.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Meeko and Percy.
** Flit also seems to be exasperated with Meeko's behavior. How exactly are these two supposed to be friends?
* YouAreWorthHell: "Pocahontas, I'd rather die tomorrow, than live a hundred years without knowing you."

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