All right, here's the results of the Favourite Pocahontas Character Countdown! And also my first article, so take a look at the results and (hopefully) enjoy!
The bad guy of the movie proves to be the least favourite character of most fanpoppers too. Not surprising, considering he isn't one of the most powerful villains in Disney history. He's just greedy and doesn't understand the Indians. Nothing that makes you hide behind the couch with your hands over your eyes.
"I HATE people like him."
"He gets on my nerves. Not the best villain either. He's too much of a sissy and a lazy grouchy control freak."
"Annoying and ugly"
"Why does everyone hate Ratcliffe anyway? Dude the whole pigtails and Savages song if epic. And then when he's all like stabbing his British flag in the ground and saying 'I shall name this Jamestown' in that awesome accent. How is the love not there?"
Well, a character with no real impact on the storyline and very little screentime can't be expected to get far. The only memorable thing about Ben is that he's the guy with the Billy Connelly voice. Even so, it's apparent that he's a good guy who isn't as limited by stereotypes and greed as Ratcliffe is, making him slightly more likeable than the villain.
"He serves no purpose whatsoever."
"He's ugly and insignificant. I was kinda tempted to pick Kocoum but at least you see a little bit more of him."
No surprise here, as his role is exactly the same as Ben's. He only really beat Ben due to chance - one of them had to leave first.
"not Momerable at All!"
"UGH! He's so unimportant."
"He bores me. Except on the scene when Grandmother Willow smacked his and the other guy's bums. So funny."
"It is difficult because this movie has excellent characters. But Lon is not really important for the plot."
Most people seem to be able to agree with Pocahontas on one thing: Kocoum is far too serious. We never see him smile, and that makes it difficult to feel any warmth towards him. A few people also have a grudge against him for ruining Pocahontas's kiss with John Smith. Personally, I feel a bit sorry for him, it must have been quite a shock to see his fiancee with another man. But other than being a particularly good warrior, he didn't have much going for him.
"if he wouldn't have gone all crazy on John Smith... than Thomas wouldn't have shot him, and John wouldn't have been at blame for his death. and plus, he's too serious."
"Crack a smile every now and then douchebag"
"Kocoum? Really? He wasn't so bad."
Next to be eliminated was the old mystical shaman. Apart from a few impressive shapes made from fire, Kekata does very little to entertain viewers. Indeed, his main role seems to be to invoke fear into the Indians when the settlers arrive.
CuteDiana had a fair bit to say about him:
"the only character i hate more that Powhatan !"
"USELESS OLD BORING NON-ACTOR MAN ! LEAVE !"
"FOR GOD SAKES !
the man can't act, AND CAN'T TALK !"
Others just found him plain ol' boring.
"Boring when compared to the rest"
This upset me so much! *Wipes away tear*. I adore Meeko, I find him very funny and still cute enough to cuddle. However, people appear to be greatly divided when it comes to his popularity. Some, like me, really love him, while others find him extremely annoying. Admittedly, I would probably find him annoying too if he spoke, because I don't think he would ever stop talking. Meeko is a character intended to give the film some humour, and this is a risky role - people will either enjoy the humour and laugh goofily everytime he appears onscreen, or they will cringe at his cheeky antics and continued attempts to annoy Percy.
"Annoying as hell."
"He gives me headache every time I see him."
"He should've left a long time ago. He is such a dick to Percy. Seriously, remember the bath scene?
Percy: (chills in tub with cherries, just wanting to relax)
Meeko: TROLOLOLOLOL (steals cherries) U MAD?
Percy: DAM U!"
"I love Meeko.. ANd can't stand John. Ugh."
"omg noooo i love Meeko :(((("
Powhatan is one of those characters strictly tied to their role in the story - he simply serves his purpose as a chief, father and near-killer of John Smith, and is emotionally distanced from the audience. Compare him to Mufasa, for example - we don't feel that same attachment to Powhatan, he is simply there. Because of this, no one really seems to care much about him, or may even dislike him for his prejudice towards the settlers.
"LEAVE LEAVE LEAVE I HATE YOU !"
I was a bit surprised to see Wiggins make it this far - he is of no real importance to the film, other than to provide amusement, and he has about as much screentime as Ben and Lon. Having said that, I believe he may have come this far due to his uniqueness, as well as his comedic appearances. There are few Disney characters out there who are so, well, random I suppose is the word. No one else shows up in their governor's tent wearing a homemade arrow headpiece!
"Boring and pointless character."
"I hope Wiggins lasts for a long time in this countdown; he's hilarious."
"He is a little bit comic but he is less than important for this movie."
Wow. I never expected Nakoma to be so controversial! She was close to elimination through the entire countdown, and considering the number of "haters", I'm surprised she made it this far. Many people believe she is an appalling friend to Pocahontas and was too interfering when Pocahontas ran off to meet Smith. Her "defenders" argued that Nakoma only interfered because she was worried, and that this does not make her a bad friend. I think the comments speak for themselves with this argument. Bear in mind there were many more that included death threats (aimed at Nakoma of course).
"I hate her so much.I want to kill her.A friend in need is a friend indeed.I don't believe she asked Kocoum to follow Pocahontas because she was afraid about her.She did it just because she couldn't understand Pocahontas."
"I like Nakoma, but I hate how she seems to be a little.. modern. With the midriff, the boy-gawking, etc. She sounds like a typical teenager at first. I do like how she worries for Pocahontas though, and other than the reasons listed above, I don't mind her."
"She is such a crap best friend. I mean, looking out for your friends is okay, but geez, stay out of her business !"
"Nakoma is the worst best friend ever. God the stupid witch needs to die."
"I'm going to defend Nakoma here. She was just worried about her friend, that's why she told Kocoum. Like she said, she thought she was doing the right thing."
Like Meeko, Percy is a character you find either amusing or annoying, cute or ugly. But no matter how much you love or hate him, there is no denying that he is spoiled. Really spoiled, especially considering this is set in the 17th century! His snappy ways, intended for comic effect, certainly get on the nerves of many, but fortunately this improves somewhat after Kocoum's death and his telling off from Grandmother Willow. The Percy at the end of the film is still cute with fewer annoying antics, and this could be seen as his more likeable stage for many.
"He's too "comical"."
"I Cannot believe that MEEKO IS GONE AND PERCY IS ON THE VERGE OF LEAVING!!!!!"
"I find Percy annoying, stupid and ugly."
"I don't know why exactly, but he just annoys me in various ways."
"I like Percy! He's cute and funny! I can't believe he's being cut."
Most people seem to find Thomas either annoying (seriously, how many characters are annoying in this movie?) or uninteresting. However, he is not as in-your-face as Meeko and Percy, and he doesn't intentionally make trouble like they do, he just always finds himself in a bad situation. Personally, I think he's pretty cute, and the fact that he struggles to use a gun endears him to me. But overall, he creates more trouble than he is really worth.
"Thomas he have never ben an interesting character to me. I like him he is not just my favorite."
"I can't stand him."
"Oh, and I really like Thomas - he is the kind of imperfect character which tends to grow on me. I like how he found his confidence towards the end."
"Thomas is annoying and gay"
Strangely enough, this protective little hummingbird, who is small enough both in size and in role to escape the notice of many, made it into the top four. He even beat his more prominent animal counterparts, Meeko and Percy. Considering that all he does is buzz around with a few cute protective moments, this is a pretty big achievement for him.
"Doesn't do much just buzzes around and is a hater to John Smith"
"He is such a useless character. And I don't even think that he is particular cute."
"He just...flies around and squeaks. He doesn't do anything helpful."
"He's almost as annoying as Meeko. And also he's a bit pointless to the story, he doesn't do much... "
3. Grandmother Willow
This old tree has so much more to her than it first appears, and it is nice to see that so many people appreciate her as a character. Full of wisdom and spiritual advice, Grandmother Willow really is a bit like an old woman, but she still has some snap in those old vines. She is always there for Pocahontas, and appears to have retained a rather wicked sense of humour, ensuring her place as a likeable character, though by no means the most popular.
"Lol how did this tree get to the top three?"
"i think she's a cool character... but she isn't really majorly important to me... i like the other characters better than her."
"I love grandma willow, but I love the other two more."
2. John Smith
This is where the hardest choice came for many voters, as a lot of people love both John and the eventual countdown winner. With his adventurous nature, bravery, and that look in his eyes when he sees Pocahontas, he certainly deserves his place at number two. The thing that most people disliked about Smith was that he can sometimes seem too perfect, and I suppose finding a soulmate like him is probably too good to be true.
"Eh, besides his arrogance, he seems too 'perfected' to me. How everyone adores him, etc. I don't dislike him by any means though."
"Aww, I like John Smith. <3 More than Poca herself, actually."
"He is selfish at some time in the movie and in the second movie he is even worse!!"
"He doesn't say: I'm perfect
John Smith is PERFECT xp
and he is not arrogance.he risked his life for pocahontas' father.for an indian (he was his enemy at first).If this is called arrogance in your language then..ok!"
"I really love both. But there's something about John Smith that I love..."
This is her movie, and we're on the Disney Princess spot, so it's fitting that Pocahontas should come out on top in this countdown. People love her for her independence and free spirit, and overall she is one of the most balanced characters in this film, as she is also courageous and wise. There is very little to dislike about her, the main argument being that she can seem a little boring at times, but the strengths of her personality outweigh this, earning her the number one spot.
"I love Pocahontas, she's great!"
"Poca is a bit dull Imo. I like her, but she's just so boring after half the movie, and in the first half she's just ok (IMO)."
"Pocahontas is my favorite princess.She is strong and brave and independent."
"John Smith is awesome but Pocahontas talks to trees and jumps off cliffs"