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"What is my path? How am I ever going to find it?"
Voiced by: Irene Bedard (speaking), Judy Kuhn (singing); Mathilda May (first movie, speaking), Laura Mayne (first movie, singing), Yumi Fujimori (sequel, speaking), Judith Bérard (sequel, singing) (European French dub), Andrea Murucci (Brazilian Portuguese; speaking) Kika Tristao (singing), Heléne Lundström (Swedish dub)

The daughter of the Powhatan chieftain, 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.

She's also a member of the Disney Princess line.

  • Adaptational Modesty: The real Pocahontas would have most likely been topless. Then again, she was a child, and would not have been topless as the adult woman she's depicted as.
  • Age Lift: The historic Pocahontas was around 12 when she met John Smith. In this movie, she's in her late teens (or possibly her early 20's), to make her romance with John Smith less iffy. Her supervising animator, Glen Keane, explained it thus: "We had the choice of being historically accurate or socially responsible, so we chose the socially responsible side."
  • All-Loving Heroine: Pocahontas strives for peace among her people and the white settlers.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: While not as overtly aloof as most examples, she still qualifies. She is a tall and attractive woman with long, black hip-length hair, and although she does have a fun-loving and mischievous side (hence her name meaning "little mischief" or "the playful one" in the Powhatan language), she is level-headed, mature and composed most of the time.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Kocoum. Kocoum asks for Pocahontas's 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 Equals Goodness: Pocahontas is a tall, slender and beautiful young woman with a very dignified appearance. She's also a calm, wise, caring and patient person who is welcoming to anyone regardless of their race.
  • 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.
  • 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 parts 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Most of the time, Pocahontas is a very even-tempered, reasonable and open-minded person who will willingly give anyone a chance. It takes a lot to upset her, but if you manage to do it, it's not pretty.
    • An unfortunate Thomas learns this after he kills Kocoum — Pocahontas gives him a Death Glare and comes very close to physically attacking him, something she otherwise wouldn't dream of doing.
    • She is also not afraid to stand up for her people whenever someone talks badly about them, showcased particularly in the scene where she is rightfully angered by hearing John Smith refer to them as "savages". After he develops a greater appreciation for the nature of the land and its inhabitants, John makes sure never to do it again.
  • Blithe Spirit: To John Smith, whom she shows to treat nature with respect and learn to see the joy and beauty of his surroundings, which eventually she teaches all of the settlers and her tribe.
  • 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. She's also not noticeably more attractive than anyone else of her people.
  • Childhood Friends: With Nakoma. They have been best friends since childhood.
  • Children Raise You: Pocahontas teaches a valuable lesson to her father — war and xenophobia will not do anything to resolve conflict between two opposing nationalities.
  • Daddy's Girl: Pocahontas is very close to her father, which (as in the legend the story is based on) helps save the life of the man she loves.
  • 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 realizes that the fighting only stopped because of her, so it is necessary for her to stay and keep the peace.
  • Dude Magnet: She has three men fall in love with her over the course of two movies: Kocoum, John Smith, and John Rolfe.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: She's very connected to the spirits of all things in nature, and doesn't use footwear. In fact, she's even the current trope page image.
  • Even the Loving Hero Has Hated Ones: Pocahontas is a pacifistic Friend to All Living Things who strives for peace. She believes everyone should have a chance and is tolerant of everyone... that is, except for Ratcliffe because he is xenophobic towards her people and attempts to shoot her father, only to shoot John Smith by accident (and tried to blame John for Taking the Bullet to protect him). In the sequel, she's clearly very angry with him when he announces that he's going to destroy the heathens and reclaim Jamestown. She is not happy when Ratcliffe lies that Smith has died, either. When he forces her to dance with him, he says he can't even see the "real" her under her outfit and that he hopes no one else does, and she says, "I was going to say the same about you."
  • 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.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Even leaving aside the fact that the real Pocahontas was only about 12 when she met John Smith, she didn't look like a Native American runway model in adulthood.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Pocahontas, by the end of the first movie, has three close animal friends:
  • Indian Maiden: She spends the movie attempting to prevent war between her tribe and the European settlers. Her first scene (canoeing) 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 by 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 (though supervising animator Glen Keane also took inspiration from various models, such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Chrissy Turlington). This is why she looks noticeably different than the rest of her village.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: In the sequel, she seems to be a leader of her tribe alongside her father, and while the settlers are sometimes rude to her, many of them also seem to hold her in a certain high reverence. In turn she is given permission, both by the Tribes and by John Rolfe, to visit England on a diplomatic mission to hold peace talks with the King.
    Settler 1: I fear the Natives may wage war.
    Settler 2: Oh my dear, Pocahontas would never allow that.
  • Meaningful Name: Pocahontas means "mischievous" or "playful" in the Powhatan language.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is given an Age Lift from the historical events and is exceptionally gorgeous with the little clothes she has on. Hell, in the Disney version of the events we are led to believe the only reason John Smith didn't shoot Pocahontas immediately is because she was so hot.
  • My Friends... 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.
  • Nice Girl: She's very friendly and polite, and doesn't flaunt her aforementioned Inexplicably Awesome powers.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: In comparison to the Disney Princesses, Pocahontas looks more stylistically drawn (Smaller, realistically proportionate eyes, lankier limbs, and taller height).
  • Nubile Savage: She looks like a supermodel, despite doing all sorts of athletic things in the environment.
  • Official Couple: With John Smith. The first movie and most merchandise and other Disney media portray her with him, 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.
  • Only Sane Woman: When it comes to the Powhatan tribe dealing with the settlers. While everyone else is hostile and tries to keep them out of their territory through means of violence and fighting, Pocahontas is the only one who knows that it won't work and will only make things worse for the opposing races, which is the very reason why she strives for peace among them.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: She's very In Harmony with Nature.
  • Pacifist Wind: The titular heroine is closely associated with the windnote , and she is primarily known for her noble, peaceful and loving character. She is the only person in her tribe who tries to deal with the settlers peacefully instead of trying to forcibly drive them out through violence.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: In the sequel, and as part of some Disney Princess merchandise.
  • Princess Protagonist: Pocahontas is The Chief's Daughter but is treated as a princess by Disney, which includes her as part of the official Disney Princess lineup. Her status as the daughter of an important leader becomes important for the plot as she tries to overcome conflict between her people and the English.
  • Rebellious Princess: Downplayed Trope. She laughs at her father's assumption that the river is steady, but when he tells her that he wants her to marry Kocoum she's clearly not thrilled, but doesn't outright reject the idea. See also Meaningful Name above.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Nakoma's Blue. She's free-spirited and mischievous, while Nakoma is level headed and responsible.
  • Sage Love Interest: She is portrayed as this to John Smith. She's Wise Beyond Their Years and a Friend to All Living Things who has shamanistic abilities; she challenges Smith's belief that all aspects of European culture are inherently better than that of so-called 'savage' cultures, while also teaching him to respect and appreciate nature. She helps open Smith's eyes to other viewpoints and he comes to sympathize with the Powhatan people, while simultaneously falling in mutual love with Pocahontas. She's also the only character consistently trying to keep the peace between her tribe and the settlers - a position Smith eventually adopts too - insisting they should learn to live together in harmony and that ignorance and hatred will only lead to destruction.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Wears a very elegant ballgown in the sequel. Needless to say, it makes for a stunning transformation.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her two main love interests (John Smith and John Rolfe) are 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: She's a chief's daughter. But, not only does she refuse to be married off to a man she doesn't love, Kokoum, but she always prefers to wander off as she loves adventures.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In addition to being quite beautiful and regal, she's also pretty tall, if her introductory scene with her standing on the edge of a cliff with her hair moving with the wind wasn't saying anything. For context, she's a few inches under her father (slightly on the tall side for a male), only slightly shorter than John Smith (of average height for a male) and taller than both Nakoma (of fairly average height for a female and is presumably close to the height of most other females in the Powhatan tribe) and Thomas (who is of a similar height to Nakoma). And to add to that, she's arguably the tallest of the Disney Princesses — most characters in that line-up are often likewise depicted as beautiful, but not much is done to emphasize their height as they are of a reasonably typical height for females their age. Through looking at the height comparisons listed above and watching scenes with her such as the ones with the Dramatic Wind, you could easily say that she stands out in this regard.
  • The Stoic: Aside from her fun-loving adventurousness, one of Pocahontas's key character traits is her stolidly calm demeanor, although it gets played with quite a bit in both films. It's downplayed in the first film, where although she keeps a cool head in almost any situation she ends up in, she is very open about her insecurities and comes very close to showing genuine anger at her father near the end for such unnecessary violence. The second film plays it much straighter, as she has become much more self-confident and relaxed.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: According to her father, she takes after her mother.
  • 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 Raya and Merida, she's probably one of the most tomboyish princesses from Disney.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Under the guidance of Grandmother Willow, she goes from angsting 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's 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.


    Chief Powhatan
"You must choose your own path."
Voiced by: Russell Means (speaking), Jim Cummings (singing, and speaking in the sequel); Michel Bardinet (first movie, speaking), Jacques Mercier (first movie, singing), Michel Bouclet (sequel) (European French dub), Hans Josefsson (Swedish dub)

The leader of the Powhatan tribe, and Pocahontas' father.

  • Adaptation Name Change: The film reuses a historical misconception about his name: the Chief of the Powhatan tribe was actually named Wahunsenacawh, but reportedly the Jamestown settlers had trouble pronouncing it and started calling him "Chief Powhatan" instead.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a buckskin cloak with raccoon tails.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Under his genuinely nice and peaceful demeanor, he is revealed to be quite an effective leader and more than willing to wipe out whatever threatens his people. In fact, his opening scene has him coming back from winning a war with an opposing tribe, implied to have destroyed the entire tribe according to Kocoum.
  • Character Development: He is initially prejudiced towards the white settlers (and rightfully so), but later changes his ways thanks to Pocahontas.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Is addressed by his fellows as "Powhatan" or "Great Powhatan."
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Well, he doesn't outright forbid Pocahontas's dreams, but he doesn't seem to like her rejection of Kocoum.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: According to some historians, the historical figure Wahunsenacah was nothing short of a genuine Jerkass - their reasoning is, despite naming Pocahontas his favorite daughter, he did not try to save her once she was kidnapped by the English; after marrying John Rolfe, she berated him greatly for this decision and it made her decide to stay with the British. note 

    There is also the fact that he was the reigning chief at the time of Ratcliffe's capture, which involved inviting a starving man to a gathering and promising him corn after which Ratcliffe, a peaceful but foolishly trusting trader, was then tied to a stake before a fire, the women of the Powhatan flayed him alive, and he was burned at the stake. Because he was the reigning chief at the time, it is logical to believe the whole thing might have been his idea.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Powhatan's physical appearance was inspired by his voice actor, Russell Means.
  • Nice Guy: He’s 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: Powerful and incredibly protective of his daughter. He sends Uti with Pocahontas to England, with one of the express purposes to protect her.
  • Parents as People: Did he really give Pocahontas a choice on marrying Kocoum? Russell Means cited this as being against the Indigenous 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 dad would drop everything and seriously consider their children's words.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: At least until the death of Kocoum, after which his xenophobia overtakes his wise side.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: During the second part of "Savages", Powhatan's eyes briefly turn red from facing the rising sun. Whereas Ratcliffe's eyes remain red during the whole song's duration, Powhatan's eyes go back quickly to their original color, highlighting the fact that while he is driven by anger, his lapse of judgement is only temporary.
  • Shipper on Deck: He makes it no secret that he thinks Kocoum would make an ideal husband for Pocahontas (although she's not so sure, given his sullen, stoic personality).

"I thought I was doing the right thing."
Voiced by: Michelle St. John; Yumi Fujimori (first movie), Nathalie Duong (sequel) (European French dub), Malin Nilsson (Swedish dub)

Nakoma is a member of the Powhatan tribe, and is best friends with Pocahontas.

  • The Atoner: Downplayed. She realises she's responsible for Kocoum's death and does her best to make amends with Pocahontas.
  • Brutal Honesty: Nakoma is very honest and blunt, but means well.
  • Childhood Friends: Implied to be this with Pocahontas. Watching their interactions, one gets the sense that they have a lot of history with each other.
  • 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 and tries to get Nakoma to lighten up, Nakoma usually tries to be more serious and responsible and tries to encourage Pocahontas to be the same.
  • Nice Girl: Friendly, caring, generous, considerate, and protective.
  • 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.

He's so serious.
Voiced by: James Apaumut Fall; Tanguy Goasdoué (European French dub), Dan Malmer (Swedish dub)

Kocoum is Powhatan's strongest and most-respected warrior and fought bravely in the battle against the Massawomecks.

  • The Ace: Considered to be the community's best warrior and is noted to be quite handsome.
  • Animal Motifs: Bears. Kekata, the village shaman, tattoos red bear prints on his chest at the beginning of the story, while the chief mentions that Kocoum "attacked with the fierce strength of a bear".
  • Anti-Villain: Type III. He's not a bad guy; he is protective of his people, and loves Pocahontas (even though he's not very good at showing affection). His goal is protecting his people from the white colonists, whom he believes want to destroy his people's way of life, and he genuinely cares about Pocahontas' safety. When Kocoum spots John Smith and Pocahontas together kissing, he becomes consumed by jealousy and attacks Smith.
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Betty" (the chief'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: Pocahontas and Grandmother Willow 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!" and listened to Pocahontas' protests 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.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his serious demeanor, Kocoum is shown to be fiercely loyal to his people; for example, when Ratcliffe injures fellow warrior Namontack, Kocoum fights off Ben when the latter is about to finish him off. Another example is when Nakoma goes to warn him about Pocahontas's meeting with John Smith, his reaction is to ask her immediately about Pocahontas's well-being; this goes to show that he doesn't view her as just an object of desire.
    • In the deleted scene, "Dancing to the Wedding Drum," his personality is slightly different from the final draft, but Kocoum is shown to smile around Pocahontas; this suggests that, although some-what clueless, he truly had feelings for her and wanted her to be happy with him.
  • Killed Off for Real: Kocoum marks the first time a human main character is killed off in a Disney film.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's considered handsome in and out of universe and he's a Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • 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 — even to his intended bride.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: And he is called out for it.
    Kocoum: Great Powhatan, I will lead our warriors to the river, and attack! We will destroy these invaders, the way we destroyed the Massawomecks!
    Powhatan: Kocoum, in that battle, we knew how to fight our enemy. But these pale visitors are strange to us. Take some men to the river to observe them.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Kocoum is prominent enough as a character that his death marks the Gut Punch and start of a war.
  • Screaming Warrior: His reaction upon seeing Pocahontas kiss John Smith, giving kids nightmares since 1995.
  • Serious Business: He takes everything very seriously.
  • 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.
  • Woman Scorned: Kocoum provides a gender-inverted example, going apeshit when he sees Pocahontas with John Smith.
  • Would Hit a Girl: During his fight with John Smith, Kocoum angrily and violently shoves Pocahontas away when she tries to break it up.

    Grandmother Willow
"Listen with your heart. You will understand."
Voiced by: Linda Hunt; Annie Cordy (first movie), Katy Vail (sequel) (European French dub), Kätie Nilsson (Swedish dub)

Grandmother 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.
  • Dirty Old Woman: She's old as the tree of her namesake and practically salivates over John Smith after meeting him the first time, gushing about how handsome he is and wanting to see him more often.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Probably comes with being a spirit of nature.
  • Misplaced Vegetation: Grandmother Willow is depicted as a weeping willow tree. That species grows wild only in dry areas of northern China, and has been cultivated as an ornamental tree elsewhere in Asia for thousands of years, before reaching Europe via the Silk Road; it would not have been found on North America's eastern coast in the 16th or 17th centuries. Still, for the purposes of Artistic License, this is justified, as it provides Pocahontas with a secluded area to be alone with her thoughts, and for a clandestine rendezvous with John Smith.
  • 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. Bonus points considering she did the same for Pocahontas's mother in her youth.
  • 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.
  • Wise Tree: She acts as a spiritual guide to Pocahontas throughout the film.

"You know Pocahontas. She has her mother's spirit; she goes wherever the wind takes her."
Voiced by: Gordon Tootoosis (speaking), Jim Cummings (singing), Sten Carlberg (Swedish dub)

Kekata is the shaman of Pocahontas' community, and one of the elders. He also serves as a sort of confidant to Chief Powhatan.

  • Magical Native American: Shows shades of this in his ability to conjure up images in smoke. He first conjures the form of a rabbit to entertain some kids during "Steady as the Beating Drum," then does the same to show the tribe what he sees about the British invaders.

Voiced by: Brad Garrett

Uttamatomakkin (or Uti, for short) is a large Native who is assigned by Chief Powhatan to accompany Pocahontas to England.

  • I Choose to Stay: By the end of the second film, Uti decides to remain behind in London with Mrs. Jenkins and the bear that was tortured by Ratcliffe's goons while Pocahontas and John Rolfe return to Virginia.
  • The Silent Bob: He doesn't say real words throughout the film and only uses facial expressions and grunts.
  • Suddenly Speaking: At the end of the film, he says only one line, which is "Ta-Ta.......Pip-Pip!"
  • The Unpronounceable: His name is really hard to pronounce, so John Rolfe sticks to calling him "Uti".
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He spends most of Journey to a New World shirtless, at least until he tries on another man's jacket at the Hunt Ball and wears a full suit at the end of the film.


    John Smith
Voiced by: Mel Gibson; Michel Papineschi (speaking), Olivier Constantin (singing) (European French dub), Dario de Castro (Brazilian Portuguese), Tommy Nilsson (Swedish dub)

John Smith is a young 27-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.
  • Age Lift: The historic John Smith was 27 when he met Pocahontas. Here, he's slightly aged down the same way she's aged up, to make the two of them closer in age.
  • 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 becomes a significantly better person towards the end, mostly because of Pocahontas's influence.
  • 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 only interested in John Smith.
    • Played straight in the sequel with him as the "Veronica" again (he's still the rugged explorer from the first film, but now more arrogant) to John Rolfe's "Betty" (a cultured, well-mannered diplomat in charge of looking after Pocahontas) for Pocahontas's "Archie". In the end, she parts 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: John is actually a nice, mellow man. But, he is not afraid to enter a fight when need be.
  • 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 meets 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 tries to hit on him.
  • 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.
  • 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 decide 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.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Bright, blonde hair, and while initially prejudiced, he was still an affable fellow that gets better with Character Development.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Downplayed. 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 tries to shoot him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Thomas. He has a strong Big Brother Instinct towards him.
  • Hidden Depths: When asked about returning to his homeland, he remarks he never had a home to return to. "I've never really belonged anywhere." This gives a whole new meaning to the entire exploring obsession he has, since it's implied he's such an avid explorer to compensate for a bereft home life.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: John has piercing, blue eyes and is noted to have a good soul by Grandmother Willow.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the sequel, he's clearly saddened by Pocahontas gaining romantic feeling for Rolfe but wishes her his genuine best.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: With Pocahontas. The first movie and most merchandise and other Disney media portray him as Pocahontas's "Prince", 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.
  • Only Sane Man: His initial less admirable traits aside, John is arguably the most normal and rational of the settlers, especially when compared to the well-meaning but bumbling Thomas, the pompous and greedy Ratcliffe and the flamboyant and ditzy Wiggins. He's also the first one to realize how well the Natives fare on their own, and to learn that the gold that the settlers were initially looking for is nonexistent.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He starts off as a prime example of the presumptuous if not benevolent colonialist, casually denigrating Pocahontas and her people as savages for not following the English way of modernization, desiring to convert her people to the English manner of living believing it would be for their own good, and having a history of killing similar foreigners or "savages" in other lands. Pocahontas weeds this aspect out of him with time.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: At first. He mellows out after meeting Pocahontas.
  • 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 in his decisions like his real-life counterpart.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: His accent is quite broad, as it's not entirely English and not entirely Australian like Mel Gibson's own.

"Both eyes open..."
Voiced by: Christian Bale; Bruno Choël (European French dub), Martin Timell (Swedish dub)

Thomas serves as John Smith's best friend, fellow soldier, accomplice, and sidekick in the film.

  • Anti-Villain: Type IV. He's not a villain at all, and he only shoots Kocoum to save John's life.
  • The Atoner: After his Heel Realization.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • The Mutiny: After Ratcliffe attempts to fire on the Powhatan chieftain, which John leaps in front of, Thomas mutinies against the traitorous Governor and orders him to be sent back to London in chains.
  • Naïve Newcomer: He appears to be the youngest of the settlers.
  • Nice Guy: He's an innocent, well-meaning young man whom John takes under his wing.
  • 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.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His father briefly appears at the start of the film, and essentially looks like an older version of Thomas with darker hair and a beard.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: He shoots Kocoum only because the man was very clearly doing his utmost to kill John.
  • 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.
  • Unexpected Successor: It’s subtly implied that he takes command of the settlers in Jamestown after Ratcliffe is arrested.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He shoots Kocoum, which almost leads to a war between the colonials and the natives.

    Governor Ratcliffe
"Think how they'll squirm when they see how I glitter!"
Voiced by: David Ogden Stiers; Raymond Gérôme (speaking), Patrick Rocca (singing) (European French dub), Stefan Ljungqvist (Swedish dub)

Governor Ratcliffe is the main antagonist of the film.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Nowhere near as flamboyant as Wiggins, but they act a lot like they're a couple. However, he also outright fantasizes about court ladies swooning over him.
  • Animal Motifs: When Ratcliffe is boarding the ship during "Virginia Company", an actual rat can be seen boarding the ship as well.
  • Antagonistic Governor: Racist, classist, and an all-around pompous snob that's very condescending towards others. 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: Ratcliffe is constantly making threats.
  • Badass Cape: Part of his outfit in "Savages".
  • Bad Boss: Ratcliffe is not very nice to his men and treats them horribly, especially Thomas.
  • Batman Gambit: Uses Pocahontas' preachiness to his advantage in the sequel to get her arrested by torturing a bear, knowing that she'll try to stop it.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Ratcliffe 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 care 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: 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.
  • Beyond Redemption: Crosses it by trying to shoot Chief Powhatan, despite sparing John Smith.
  • Classic Villain: A combination of Greed and Wrath. Ratcliffe 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.
  • Color-Coded Patrician: With purple. Purple was the color of nobility. In the Disney universe, purple is also a sign of villainy.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears darker clothing with purple.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ratcliffe is very sarcastic and snide.
    Wiggins: Do you think we'll meet some savages ?
    Ratcliffe: If we do, we shall be sure to give them a proper English greeting.
    Wiggins: (holds up baskets of wine and cheese): Ooh, gift baskets.
    Ratcliffe: (To himself):..And he came so highly recommended.
    • Another one:
    Ratcliffe: We will eliminate these savages once and for all.
    John: No! You can't do that!
    Ratcliffe: (unimpressed) Oh, can't I ?
  • The Dreaded: The more his true nature is shown, the more everyone comes to resent his presence. Even his former pet Percy, who was once devoted to him, is shown to be fearful of him in the sequel, having abandoned Ratcliffe by that time.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with as he once doted heavily upon his prized pug Percy; Ultimately subverted however as he doesn't even acknowledge Percy's disappearance when he runs after Meeko. By the sequel he seems to have forgotten all about his former pet, but Percy is most definitely not happy to see him and cowers out of view when Ratcliffe crosses paths with Pocahontas in London.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even though he mainly uses John Smith's capture as an excuse to attack the Powhatan Tribe, Ratcliffe pulls an expression of genuine horror when he sees Smith about to be executed, by Chief Powhatan’s club, with Smith being put down on the rock.
  • Evil Brit: Ratcliffe is a pretty typical illustration of British bureaucracy from the 1500s. He's also the Big Bad.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Powhatan opts not to kill John Smith and the rest of his tribe stands down in an act of peace, Ratcliffe immediately sees it as a chance for him and his men to attack. The rest of his crew spell it out to him that they don't want to fight, but he refuses to listen, snags a rifle, and attempts to shoot Chief Powhatan in cold blood. John Smith intervenes and gets shot by the bullet instead, and Ratcliffe acts genuinely shocked that Smith would sacrifice his life like that.
  • Evil Colonialist: Since he's a racist, money-obsessed warmonger who wants to crush the Natives, 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 Ratcliffe is obnoxiously over the top and even flamboyant.
  • 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, self-righteous and ruthless sociopath.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: His unquenchable greed for gold and desire for prominence from wealth are mentioned to be the result of being seen as a laughing stock of a repetitive failure and pathetic social climber back in his homeland. Even being close friends with the King of England doesn't stop his reputation from being so abysmal. He even sadly admits he's never been popular or liked by his peers, which is why he wants to pilfer gold to shut them up.
  • Gold Fever: The plot is fuelled by his Gold Fever, as it's his desire to outdo "the gold of Cortez, the jewels of Pizarro" that gets him to lead the journey to America, and over time he becomes more and more paranoid that the Powhatans are secretly hoarding the gold.
  • Gonk: He looks like the oversized cousin of Captain Hook.
  • Greed: He is unbelievably greedy, as evidenced by his insatiable craving for gold.
  • Hate Sink: Governor Ratcliffe is a racist, elitist asshole who is motivated entirely by greed and his social status, looks down on his men as expendable tools, is willing to commit genocide as part of his agenda and has no sympathetic qualities at all.
  • Historical Ugliness Update: A rare image of the real Governor Ratcliffe shows an average-looking Englishman with a well-kempt beard and soft mustache. Disney's Ratcliffe is an ugly, obese man who has a dastardly handlebar mustache and tiny goatee to balance out John Smith's Historical Beauty Update.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The real John Ratcliffe seems to have been more foolishly trusting than villainous, as he wanted to trade with the Native Americans, not to rob them or commit genocide on them. 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.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Ratcliffe claims that the Powhatan Indians are savages that need to be exterminated, but it's Ratcliffe himself who's the real savage that's "barely even human."
  • I Reject Your Reality: His response to everything the heroes say to him. He is clearly delusional and thinks the Powhatans are going to launch an ambush when they have clearly heard Pocahontas’ words on the consequences of hatred. He also dismisses Pocahontas’ fact that there is no gold in America as a “barbarian lie”. King James himself lampshades this with "no more lies".
  • If I Were a Rich Man: Combined with I Just Want to Be Special. Ratcliffe's Villain Song implausibly denies he's bitter, but he'd love to see his rich rivals squirm once he gets back home.
  • Implausible Deniability: Ratcliffe 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.
  • It's All About Me: "This is MY land! I make the rules here!" He did absolutely nothing besides shooting Namontack.
  • Jerkass: Ratcliffe is a very unpleasant person behind his pompous demeanour. Beyond his racism, penchant for corruption and loving his power way too much he instigates a smear campaign against the Powhatans and John Smith out of a fear that his comfy, complacent position in society would become a lot harder with Pocahontas blurting to the United Kingdom that there is no gold in the New World.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: His first speaking scene establishes his cold-blooded and ruthless personality by giving a rousing speech to his men after Thomas nearly drowns in a storm... and not moments later, he makes his thoughts on them very clear by spelling out to Wiggins that he sees his crew as expendable tools, referring to them as "witless peasants". Later on, he exploits John Smith's capture by the Powhatan tribe to start a full-on war with them—not out of concern for Smith's safety mind you, since he couldn't care less about him, but because he sees it as a ripe opportunity to rid himself of the "savages" and thus easily claim the (non-existent) gold. And when he tries to shoot Chief Powhatan in cold blood after his tribe stands down in peace and Smith takes the shot for him, the first thing Ratcliffe does is blame Smith, whose capture was the entire reason for starting their battle, for interfering.
  • Kick the Dog: Ratcliffe's constant belittling of Thomas counts as this. In one scene, after instructing him to follow John, he states that he's been "a slipshot sailor and a poor excuse for a soldier". Thomas is visbly hurt by these words.
  • Kill on Sight: Governor Ratcliffe declares that "anyone who doesn't shoot an Indian on sight shall be charged with treason and hanged!"
  • Large and in Charge: He's the Fat Bastard leader of the English settlers.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He finally gets his comeuppance after his efforts to incite a war with the Natives is thwarted in the sequel, being sent to face the wrath of the king by John Smith after having tried and failed to murder him earlier.
  • Last-Name Basis: Presumably to due to One-Steve Limit, Ratcliffe is never called by his first name John.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His justification for war is very believable.
  • 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.
  • Narcissist: Ratcliffe clearly loves himself almost as much as he loves gold
  • Never My Fault: Uses his social standing to pass blame off of himself onto his subordinates when things don't go his way, and flat out blames John Smith for getting in the path of the bullet he himself had fired at Chief Powhatan. He also refuses to believe that the gold he craved for in the expedition is nonexistent, and fully commits to the belief that the Natives are hoarding it..
  • Opportunistic Bastard: He'd been plotting to wage war on the natives anyway, and the Powhatan tribe capturing Smith gives him the perfect chance to rally his men to do so.
    Ratcliffe: It's perfect, Wiggins! I couldn't have planned this better myself!
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Although it had to be toned down, since this is a Disney movie, he still advocates for the deaths of the Natives and refers to them only as "savages".
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's genuinely callous, egotistical and behaves like a stubborn and entitled brat when he doesn't get what he wants. He's also quite lazy, hedonistic and very quick to shoot a bullet on any Native American and motivates others to do the same.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Gives off a menacing grin quite a lot, showing he takes clear pleasure in the cruel things he does.
  • Put on a Prison Bus: At the end of the first film, the settlers place him aboard a ship bound for England. While Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World does have him escape punishment, he's eventually arrested again at the end of the film.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Ratcliffe tells Thomas that "a man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: During the second part of "Savages", Ratcliffe's eyes turn red, making his hateful lines all the more unnerving.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: In the sequel, it's revealed he escaped punishment for his actions in the first movie both because of his social status, and because his personal friendship with King James.
  • Sissy Villain: Subverted. 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.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He shows great confidence, despite the fact that his fellow members of the court consider him a "pathetic social climber".
  • Social Climber: In his past at the palace, the people he calls "backstabbers" thought of him as a pathetic and incompetent social climber which was what drove his greed, egotism and lust for power and success.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The real Ratcliffe was tortured to death by the Powhatan.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The only one of the settlers who truly has bad intentions. The others are just misguided and turn against Ratcliffe after he crosses the line.
  • Villain Has a Point: He believes that the Indians attacked because they took their gold when they only retaliated. However, he had a right to not trust them in the sense that Kocoum attacked John Smith out of jealously of Pocahontas' love for him and John Smith was not only captured by the Natives but was nearly executed.
  • 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-prestigious journey they actually deem doomed to fail. Ratcliffe even fantasizes about proving those "royal backstabbers" wrong by returning with tons of gold.
  • Wicked Wastefulness: We know he's the villain of the movie when he takes one bite out of a drumstick before tossing it.

"A stirring oration, sir! I'm sure the men were most exhilirated!"
Voiced by: David Ogden Stiers; Elie Semoun (European French dub), Mattias Palm (Swedish dub)

Wiggins is the (former) tertiary antagonist. He's 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, all that talk about being a pathetic social climber who's failed at everything-"
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Played with. He's definitely a bit of a simpleton, 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.
  • Consummate Professional: Just about everything for Wiggins revolves around conducting himself well in his position, and he never gets involved in any sort of personal antics like the settlers do. He doesn’t even participate in the mutiny against Ratcliffe.
  • The Ditz: Generally dimwitted, though he does have moments of brilliance.
  • The Dragon: More like dragon wannabe, for Ratcliffe. But he is still technically the second-in-command after Ratcliffe.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Not very bright, but when Ratcliffe questions what brought on the early attack from the Native Americans, Wiggins correctly points out that the settlers invaded their land and stole their recourses.
  • Fat and Skinny: The Skinny to Ratcliffe's Fat.
  • 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 hates the Natives and in fact proposes 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.
  • Satellite Character: He's just there to give Radcliffe someone to bounce his thoughts and schemes off of.
  • Sissy Villain: Though the "villain" part is only thorough association.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Despite his scrawny physique, he's strong enough to push the overweight Ratcliffe up a hill at full speed while he's standing on a wheelbarrel.
  • 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.

    Ben and Lon
Ben (left) and Lon (right).
Voiced by: Billy Connolly (Ben) and Joe Baker (Lon), Marc Alfos (Ben; European French dub) and Georges Aubert (Lon; European French dub), Stephan Karlsén (Ben; Swedish dub) and Bo Maniette (Lon; Swedish dub)

"It could look like Ratcliffe's knickers for all I care."

Ben and Lon are two of the settlers that travel to the New World with the Virginia Company.

  • Anti Villains: They are basically deceived by Ratcliffe and are acting more out of misinformation than genuine malice.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Neither one is mentioned or shown in the sequel.
  • The Comically Serious: Ben seems to be at his funniest when he's paired up with the more loose-laced Lon, and their personalities bounce off each other.
  • Deadpan Snarkers: "Aye, your singing must have scared him off."
  • Everyone Has Standards: They believe in Ratcliffe's lies and, true to the mentality of their times, don't think highly of the native people of the New World. However, when the Powhatans release John Smith and lower their weapons, they immediately refuse to obey Ratcliffe's order of still attacking them and side with Thomas against him.
  • Happily Married: It's easy to miss, but Lon can be spotted kissing his girlfriend/wife at the beginning of "Virginia Company".
    • Given the women's age there's a possibility that he was actually kissing his mother.
  • 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!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ben is a bit of a Jerkass and usually busts everyone's chops, but he's one of the first to agree to help John when they think he's in danger. He's also quick to stand up to Ratcliffe at the end.
  • 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 Powhatans out to be vicious savages.
    Lon: We shot ourselves an Injun, or maybe two or three!
  • Punch-Clock Villain: They only attack the Powhatans because of Ratcliffe's orders and lies.
  • 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.


Voiced by: John Kassir

Meeko 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.
  • Easily Forgiven: After Meeko consoles Percy during his BSOD moment, they become "friends", and all of Meeko's previous trolling is immediately forgotten about.
  • Empathy Pet: To Pocahontas, along with Flit (and later Percy).
  • Evil Gloating: He does this all the time. Unlike most who practice this, Meeko is able to get away with it and still win.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: One of Pocahontas's animal friends.
  • Rascally Raccoon: When stealing Percy's food.
  • "Rear Window" Witness: Kocoum's death happened right in front of him. The film doesn't make it seem like he saw it, however.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: A cute constantly hungry raccoon.
  • 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 Welker

Flit is a 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 is virtually inescapable for him.
  • The Chew Toy: He gets a lot of slapstick dealt his way - which only serves to make him endearing for the audience.
  • Empathy Pet: To Pocahontas, along with Meeko (and later Percy).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's stubborn and initially acts hostile towards John Smith because he doesn't like strangers. However, he still proves to be a loyal animal companion throughout the movie.
  • Meaningful Name: As befitting a hummingbird, to flit means to dart to and fro quickly.
  • The Napoleon: He is shown to be quite aggressive for such a small animal, and will protect Pocahontas with every last shred of his being.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Well, he's a hummingbird. What else would you expect?
  • Satellite Character: Despite constantly hovering about the main character, he 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.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Flit doesn't approve of Pocahontas and John being together on account of John being a stranger, and takes every opportunity to buzz at him.
  • The Straight Man: To Meeko's antics.
  • With Friends Like These...: How does he still tolerate hanging out with Meeko?

Voiced by: Danny Mann

Percy is a spoiled, snooty, silver fawn Pug, and Governor Ratcliffe's Loyal Animal Companion.

  • Anachronistic Animal: Percy resembles a Pug circa the 1990's when this film was made, not the 1600s of the film's setting. Pugs during the 17th century had longer muzzles and limbs than those today.
  • 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, though 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 BSoD: He gets one after witnessing a talking tree and a murder in quick succession.
  • Made of Iron: Despite all of the physical abuse and malnutrition he undergoes in the films, he still manages to always look perfectly healthy.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In the beginning. He grows out of it, though.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Any Pug lovers in the audience are certain to see him this way.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Was once the spoiled pet of Governor Ratcliffe, who doted on him heavily. However, when Percy goes missing while chasing Meeko, Ratcliffe raises absolutely no alarm over this, never acknowledging his loyal pet's disappearance. By the events of the sequel, not only has Percy switched sides, but he's absolutely terrified at the sight of his former owner.

Other Characters

    John Rolfe
Voiced by: Billy Zane; Guillaume Orsat (European French dub), Reuben Sallmander (Swedish dub)

John Rolfe is a dashing young English diplomat in service to King James.

  • 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 latter 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 former.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A true gentleman at heart who is not to be tested with.
  • 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.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To John Smith. Rolfe is a 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). Also, both are love interests to Pocahontas, but Rolfe is her Second Love whom she ultimately ends with while Smith was her First Love and they part ways because of different wants and goals.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hunk: Tall, broad-shouldered, and a chiseled chin.
  • Nice Guy: Brave, kind, generous, courageous, caring, polite, and selfless.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The cultured, diplomat Noble Male to John Smith's rugged, exploring Roguish Male.
  • Primary-Color Champion: His outfit consists of red, blue, and yellow.
  • 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.

    Mrs. Jenkins
Voiced by: Jean Stapleton, Tova Carson (Swedish dub)

Mrs. Jenkins is John Rolfe's housekeeper.

  • Blind Without 'Em: Extremely near-sighted. In her introductory scene, she kisses Meeko, mistaking him for John Rolfe; at the end, she mistakes a horse's tail for Pocahontas' hair.
  • Character Catchphrase: "I'll put on some tea!"

Alternative Title(s): Pocahontas II Journey To A New World