The greedy governor of Jamestown has allied himself to Xehanort in the hopes of using the Heartless to ravage the Powhatan tribe and find the gold he desires to obtain for himself.
History in Kingdom Hearts
Ratcliffe's world of Jamestown was among many that were locked away in the Realm of Sleep. After Sora broke free from Xehanort's spell and released the key of sleep, Jamestown was freed from sleep, and with it returned Ratcliffe. The governor wanted to get all the gold that was supposedly in Jamestown so that he could become the king of England. It was this greed that attracted the Heartless to him, but it was the arrival of Xehanort's Heartless who helped Ratcliffe gain control over the dark creatures. After arriving in Jamestown, Sora's group goes under cover as some of Ratcliffe's guards. As Kairi and Riku gather information which they feel may convict Ratcliffe for being an ally to the Horned King and the Xehanorts, the governor begins to feel something is wrong while his men dig for gold. He sends out Thomas to see if he can prove his loyalty, and succeeds in killing Kocoum. With their cover blown, the rest of Sora's group retreat to the Powhatan camp and fear that war may be inevitable. As soon as Pocahontas and Sora stop a bloody battle from occurring, Ratcliffe was still not convinced of the Powhatan and Settler truce and then fought the team in battle with a Heartless Miner aiding him. After loss, Ratcliffe manages to wound John Smith before he can kill Powhatan and is then arrested.
Sometime later, Ratcliffe plans revenge and frames John Smith for the events in Virginia. After John Rolfe comes back to England with Pocahontas, Sora and the others, Ratcliffe further plans his revenge under instructions from Xehanort's Heartless. At the Hunt Ball, a bear is baited and tortured, angering Pocahontas enough for her to emotionally scold the partygoers for their cruelty towards animals for sport and is arrested. Knowing the truth about Ratcliffe's scheme from Iago, who witnessed the event from a curtain, the still alive John Smith, John Rolfe and Sora's friends free Pocahontas from her cell. Meanwhile, Ratcliffe plans his armada to begin their attack on the Powhatans. The teams battle Ratcliffe's men then Ratcliffe himself. As Ratcliffe is about to execute Smith, Sora, Pocahontas and John Rolfe send the governor overboard as John Smith comments "Pity. I so would have preferred to see you hanged." On the docks, Ratcliffe attempts to lie again to King James and is finally arrested, then getting fired by the Horned King, who visited him in jail to tell him the news.