MBTI Type: ENTJ
Ratcliffe is a successful leader, who has come to New World with a deliberate plan to find gold. He assumes they will, because the Spanish found it in the New World, and has created an idea for himself built around it, of the wonderful future life, fame, and success he will have as a result. He doesn’t tell anyone of his true motivations for going there, by covering it up with the “adventure of our lives” and “freedom” speech. He assumes that the ‘savages’ will stand in their way, and expects John Smith to deal decisively with them. Ratcliffe divides his attention between building the fort and shoring up supplies, and having men for his gold. When he thinks the Indians are about to launch an ambush, Ratcliffe has his men bring the guns ashore, finish the fort’s construction, and orders no one to leave, for their own personal safety. His persona of goodwill slips when he reveals that he makes the rules, he intends to enforce them, and will shoot anyone who fraternizes with their enemies on sight. He chastises Thomas’ ineptitude with firing a weapon and warns him to get better at it. Ratcliffe is doggedly stubborn in keeping to his personal vision—he will not accept that there is no gold, not believe Smith when he tells him that Pocahontas says she has never seen anything like that, and instead, becomes convinced the Indians are all lying, are protecting the gold, and must be killed so that they can claim it. He persists in this erroneous belief, because he doesn’t want to think that he has wasted his time and efforts and now has to abandon his dream. (He persists in this stubborn belief into the second film, where he is still determined to kill the Indians and take their nonexistent gold!) Ratcliffe is lazy and unmotivated, leaving his men to do the digging while he hangs around in his tent, eating luxurious food, pampering himself, and dreaming about what a glittering display he will put on at court. He can also be reactive and impulsive, leaving any wisdom behind him in his immediate engagement with the Indians, his foolish decision to arrest John Smith if he finds him (despite his popularity, which will turn the men against him), and his attempt to shoot Powhatan. Ratcliffe may be superficially charming, but he cares about no one but himself; he shows little interest in Thomas’ almost dying by drowning, no compassion for the Indians, and little concern for his assistant. He doesn’t even notice when his dog goes missing!
Enneagram: 3w4 so/sp
Ratcliffe has been accused of a shameless and pathetic social climber, who is only interested in advancing his own cause, and it’s true; he is all about appearances, and putting on a grand show of being for the common people, just to cover up his own greed, scheming, and desire to be welcomed at court, in high society, dressed in cloth of gold garments, and to have all the ladies fawn at his feet. He is fake around all of his minions, to get them to dig up “my gold,” but only wants acceptance and to save face from having ruined many of his previous prospects. He is somewhat selfish, moody, and erratic in his decisions, becoming upset at the thought that John Smith might prevent him from reaching his goals.