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John Rolfe  is the deuteragonist of Disney's 1998 sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to the World. He is a dashing young English graduate t service of King James; he is sent to Jamestown to bring Chief Powhatan to England to speak with his king and to avoid a war between them.

The character is based on the real John Rolfe, the one who marries Pocahontas, although in the film at first he doesn't get along very well with her.

He has a good conscience, knowing English education rules, he also defends Pocahontas from the crew and thus earns respect.

He was voiced by Billy Zane.

History

John was ordered by King James to take Chief Powhatan to London to prevent a war between natives and settlers. He is welcomed by the settlers of Jamestown, as well as by Pocahontas. But already she doesn't like her when she berates him for interfering in an incident between Powhatan warriors and settlers that she was already solving.

Later, by chance John hears two women from Jamestown talking that Pocahontas saved his tribe and therefore believes that Pocahontas is the Chief and therefore. At night he goes to the native village to bring the gift horse to the "Chief", and when he realizes that Pocahontas is the girl he is amazed. He then asks Chief Powhatan to go to England with him to settle the matter with King James, but he refuses, so Pocahontas proposes to go there to avoid war.

On the ship, the two have big quarrels, but they clear up after John rescues Pocahontas from being arrested for the wrongful accusation of bringing illegal immigrants (Flit, Meeko and Percy) to the ship.

Arriving in England, Rolfe receives a proclamation from John Rafcliffe in the king's name that if King James is not impressed by Pocahontas, Rafcliffe will set sail on a ship to agnant the natives. After a rest on his estate, Rolfe accompanies Pocahontas to the sovereigns who invite him to a dance that same evening, so Rolfe draws up a plan to "civilize" Pocahontas, she accepts with doubts.

They give her dance and etiquette lessons and she dyes her skin and wears a very elegant dress. At the beginning the evening goes well and sails and Pocahontas manages to impress the king, but in the end Pocahontas protests for a chained bear (which was used precisely to make her bait) and this infuriates King James who makes her arrest and the hopes of Peace of Rolfe are broken.

Later that night, Rolfe meets a mysterious hooded individual who helps him break Pocahontas out of prison. In a hut to escape, the individual turns out to be John Smith who everyone believed dead after Rafcline tried to arrest him, he is proof that Rafcline lied.

Smith would prefer Pocahontas to remain hidden, Rolfe however lets Pocahontas choose for herself with her heart, this shows Smith that Rolfe loves her.

The three along with the bodyguard, Flit, Meeko and Percy go to the king and queen and prove Rafcline's crimes so they can rush to stop Rafcline and his army, so Rafcline is successfully arrested.

After the victory celebrations, Rolfe is offered the position of adviser to the king, but having fallen in love with Pocahontas he decides to go with her to her home in Virginia. He surprises Pocahontas on the ship returning home and reveals that he has refused the offer of adviser and that he prefers to stay with her.

Moved by this, Pocahontas hugs Rolfe and then the two kiss romantically as they go home with Flit, Meeko and Percy.

Trivia

  • Despite the fact that John Rolfe's existence in the film respects real events, the character himself is widely panned by a wide part of the fandom - mainly due to the film having him replace the more fan-favorable John Smith as Pocahontas' love interest, thus making John Rolfe one of the most unpopular Disney characters. As a result, the Disney Princesses couples still place John Smith as Pocahontas' lover instead of John Rolfe in merchandise.
    • However, despite that, the Pocahontas/John Rolfe-pairing has a small but very dedicated fanbase.

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