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Villain Spotlight Series: Governor Ratcliffe

We’ve really been focusing on princes lately (check out our Prince Spotlight Series) so we thought we’d give a little love to the villains. Specifically, the wicked Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas.

 

Most Disney villains have some sort of redeeming quality that inspires us to feel sympathy for their situation. This is not the case with good ol’ John. He’s not motivated by revenge nor does he hide behind a noble purpose. He’s just incredibly greedy and wants power, money, and everything that comes with it; but man, can he lead a rousing musical number. So, let’s take a moment to analyze just what makes Governor Ratcliffe a villain we love to hate.

 

For starters, Ratcliffe gives epic side eye.
Villain Spotlight Series Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas - Side Eye
He just could not care less about anyone else.

 

He’s flanked by two hilariously different sidekicks.
Villain Spotlight Series Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas - Percy and Wiggins
Percy and Wiggins are wonderful in incredibly unique ways.

 

He obviously really loves Percy and actually treats him very well.
Villain Spotlight Series Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas - Percy
This would be the perfect way to relax after a long journey.

 

Ratcliffe gives surprisingly motivating (yet villainous) speeches.
Villain Spotlight Series Governor Ratcliffe and Percy from Pocahontas - Speech
We totally want to dig for gold now.

 

He travels in style.
Villain Spotlight Series Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas - Ship
Can we have one of those?

 

He sits in a giant gold throne. On a ship.
Villain Spotlight Series Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas - Gold Throne
That can’t be good for its structural integrity.

 

Can we talk about those bows in Ratcliffe’s hair?
Villain Spotlight Series Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas - Bows
They are just perfect.

 

He also wears a cape.
Villain Spotlight Series Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas - Cape
Complete with the typical villain pose!

 

In the end, Governor Ratcliffe is defeated (like most evil guys are).
Villain Spotlight Series Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas - End
Those chains do not look comfortable.

 

Ratcliffe’s only redeeming quality is that the same voice actor (David Ogden Stiers) voices him and Wiggins.
Villain Spotlight Series Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas - Wiggins
We just love Wiggins.

 

What are your favorite things about Governor Ratcliffe?

Posted 5 years Ago
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