While he exudes great confidence and gives the impression of being rather vain, Ratcliffe in fact seems to take a rather dim view of himself, admitting in a rather sad tone of voice that he has never been a popular man. In the ensuing fray, Ratcliffe tells Smith "Pity. Captain John Ratcliffe was the English commander of the Discovery ship that reached the state of Virginia, from England, on 26 April, 1607. He later overhears the men talking about Smith's capture (Smith had been attacked by a warrior named Kocoum, whom Thomas had promptly shot dead during the fight, but had been ordered to flee the scene for Smith to take the blame) and wages war against the Indians to rescue Smith and take their gold for himself (although he merely tells his men it is a rescue mission to ensure their support). When he sees John Smith running off somewhere that night, he sends Thomas to follow him, hoping the "poor excuse for a soldier" will be able to prove his worth. Outraged, Ratcliff grabs the gun of one of his men and prepares to shoot Powhatan himself. In Ultima, Ratcliffe was freed from prison by Hades, who recruited him to the Organization as a General in the English Armada Renmants. When they see land, Ratcliff meets with John Smith, whom the crew admire, about his plan on dealing with the "savages" and "filthy little heathens" (what he calls the Native Americans and Smith assures his success and the meetings through. I knew that they had taken some serious artistic license with their depiction of the English colonization of Virginia, but I was in no way ready for the absolutely appalling slanders that the screenwriters lobbed at the good name of Governor John Ratcliffe. This, in addition to the fact that his fellow members of the court consider him a "pathetic social climber" make him quite a sympathetic character in spite of his villainy. His mission to colonise the Native-Americans is his last chance to make a name for himself. I so would have preferred to see you in hang", and knocks Smith off a building to his apparent death, and tells James that he had tried to stop Smith from committing suicide. Ratcliffe arrives on the Shore of Virginia shortly after Smith and Thomas, a new recruit, then takes some land in the name of King James and calls it Jamestown. Governor Ratcliffe is the main antagonist of Disney's 1995 animated feature film, Pocahontas and its 1998 sequel. Governor Ratcliffe is a member of the Organization and the main villain in Pocahontas. After the two sides march their way to one another, they are stopped abruptly by Pocahontas who tells everyone that they were led onto the path of hatred. In 1605 he served with an English mercenary force fighting for the United Provinces of the Netherlands. To invade the Indian lands; to acquire Indian gold; to destroy the race of Indians; to gain a respected position within Britain and to be reknown and famous. Governor John Ratcliffe is the main antagonist of Disney's 1995 animated film Pocahontas.. Outraged, Ratcliff grabs the gun of one of his men and prepares to shoot Powhatan himself. He’s…Continue Reading When John Smith returns Ratcliffe orders him to prepare the men for battle so they can destroy the Indians and take the gold. Fairly soon thereafter, Smith and Ratliff began to quarrel, and at one point Ratliff had Smith sentenced to be hung. The Discovery had a crew of 21 men and was the smallest of the three ships in the colonial expedition. I hope this acceptance is not unduly influenced by the fact that John Ratliff lived and died in a dramatic way. Apparently, he has fabricated his own version of the events in Jamestown to implicate John Smith as the traitor, and despite the impossibility of his honesty, he is easily believed by King James (mostly due to their close, personal friendship) and sent to capture Smith for questioning along with some soldiers.