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Tear Jerker / Pocahontas

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  • Kocoum's death. Just look at his face when he's struggling with John over the knife. He genuinely looks heartbroken over seeing his future wife stab him in the back, and just as it looks like he's starting to calm down, he gets shot.
  • This tribute is not for those who want to sleep with a dry pillow tonight.
  • Whatever else you say about Pocahontas, don't try and pretend that the final two minutes don't bring a tear to your eye... the music, the animation, the silent goodbye...
    • Nakoma's tears as well. Fridge Brilliance sets in when you realise she's probably feeling incredibly guilty since she is partially responsible. Seeing her moved to tears over her best friend's plight...
  • "Colors of the Wind"
  • When Pocahontas goes to see John Smith the night before his execution; made even better (read: more-likely-to-make-you-cry) in the cut sequence by the beautiful rendition of "If I Never Knew You" performed by Mel Gibson and Judy Kuhn.
  • Also, Pocahontas' heartfelt speech as she defies her father to save John Smith's life.
    Pocahontas: Look around you! THIS is where the path of hatred has brought us!
  • The song "If I Never Knew You". C'mon, admit it. You get choked up at the scene in the tent, too.
    • The ending, but special mention goes to the original rough edit. A reprise of "If I Never Knew You" is present, John looks like he's on death's door, and both of their expressions are heartrendingly broken. The 10th Anniversary Edition restored two lines of this reprise.
      • Combines with Heartwarming, but John Smith's brave, stoic, but utterly sincere declaration: "Pocahontas. Look at me." (She does). "I'd rather die tomorrow, than live a hundred years without knowing you."
    • The song's final reprise in the end credits is enough to restart the tears, and is a hauntingly somber tune.
  • "Where Do I Go From Here?" in the sequel. Pocahontas spends the musical number wondering what she can do now that John Smith has apparently died. At the end of the song, she is on the clifftop (where she last saw his ship sailing away from) and buries his compass in the snow - as a way of saying goodbye to him.
  • Thomas's My God, What Have I Done? expression during Savages. He's basically started a war because he wanted to save his friend and captain, has taken a man's life and is literally starting to see needless carnage and it's all his fault.
    • Speaking of. The song itself is sad. That the two sides just instantly choose to go to war rather then trying to understand each other, and all because one of the Indians was supposedly killed by John for merely being NEAR Pocahontas. The worst part is with the Settlers who are just INSTANTLY whipped up into a frenzy by their xenophobic leader.
  • It's Played for Laughs, but Ratcliffe's manservant Wiggins is clearly devastated after Ratcliffe shows his true colors and is arrested for shooting John Smith. Given that Ratcliffe was his boss whom he seemed to be comically attached to, Wiggins is most likely out of a job and very discombobulated about the whole situation.
  • After Kocoum's body is brought back to the village, there's a shot of Nakoma's reaction. She has a horrified My God, What Have I Done? look on her face as she realises she's responsible for it.

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