[[folder:Emperor Kuzco]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/DavidSpade, J.P. Manoux (''The Emperor's New School'', ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', ''Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom'', video games), Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor (merchandise)

This is Kuzco. ''Emperor'' Kuzco. A guy whose groove and style is equaled to only by his ego and inversely proportional to his sense of empathy. Kuzco was born and raised to rule but treats his kingdom as a giant toy, demanding constant pampering, belittling his subjects and callously punishing them for "throwing off his groove". He spends most of his time just admiring himself at the expense of pretty much everyone. Kuzco's flippant attitude finally bites him in the butt after his embittered ex-advisor Yzma tries to kill him, only to accidentally turn him into a llama and lose him, setting off the story of this jerky of an emperor trying to regain his throne, body, and maybe learn a few lesson in humility and friendship along the way.
* {{Adorkable}}: When he's not being as pompous as a peacock, it's pretty easy to see that he's much more socially awkward than he'd like to believe.
* AesopAmnesia: By the time of ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'', Kuzco has completely forgotten the lesson he learned in the movie, that it's ''not'' [[ItsAllAboutMe all about him]], and relearns the same lesson in the series at least OnceAnEpisode. To be fair, it was shown in flashbacks during the film that Kuzco has been spoiled rotten since he was in diapers; eighteen years of self-absorption and {{Jerkass}}ery don't just go away overnight.
* AffablyEvil: Pre-HeelFaceTurn, when talking to people Kuzco tends to be casual, generally friendly and even warm at times - despite being callously self-absorbed and uncaring towards others. This makes a lot of sense: rather than the typical villain pretending to be polite Kuzco legitimately believes that the world should revolve around him, so he can be as pleasant (if tactless) as he wants because people will get with the program no matter what. When people ''don't'' get with the program even the slightest bit, that's when he starts getting snide and showing how cruel he really is.
* AmbiguouslyBi: While he's ''extremely'' attracted to Malina in ''The Emperor's New School'' TV series, he's had plenty of moments that hint at something else: his body language and poise are certainly flamboyant, and at the very least CampStraight, he's disgusted by the women presented to him as potential brides at the beginning of the movie, and his relationship with Pacha has [[FireForgedFriends some]] [[CouldSayItBut odd]] [[{{Tsundere}} overtones]].
* {{Animorphism}}: Over the course of the movie, he gets turned into a llama, a tortoise, a bird and a whale.
* AnimalMotifs: A llama. Transformation aside, his non-royal garb post-movie has a llama on it as well.
* AntiHero: Starts out as a NominalHero, but becomes a better person later.
* BalefulPolymorph: Essentially every animal transformation he goes through in the movie.
* BeautyIsBad: He's pretty handsome, and is a total asshole at the film's beginning.
* BerserkButton: Seriously. DON'T THROW OFF KUZCO'S GROOVE! He'll have you thrown out a window for it.
* BreakTheHaughty: Getting turned into a llama is just one step into Kuczo learning to be a better person.
* TheCaligula: Kuzco is a milder version, but he ''does'' have an elderly man defenestrated for the crime of "throwing off the emperor's groove".
* CampStraight: Kuzco wears big earrings, is quite flamboyant, and has a ''massive'' crush on Malina.
* CatchPhrase: "No touchy!"
* CelibateHero: He actually seems quite {{asexual}} in the movie. Averted in the TV series, however.
* CharacterDevelopment: He goes from being a self-absorbed, spoiled {{Jerkass}} at the beginning of the movie to a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who subtly apologizes for his actions at the end.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: He [[CaptainObvious obviously had them at one point,]] but they and their absence are never addressed or even ''mentioned'' in the movie itself. One of the only clues we have from elsewhere is that Yzma apparently raised him - which just raises further questions. The cartoon show implied Yzma was the advisor of Kuzco's father, who died in at sea in a crash she may have caused. Afterwards she was the infant Kuczo's regain. Which sort of explains why we first meet her doing Kuzco's job- it's probably what she did until he came of age.
* DeadpanSnarker: As part of his massive ego he snarks at everyone almost constantly. It eventually gets toned down a fair bit with his CharacterDevelopment.
* DemotedToExtra: In the sequel, when Kronk takes the lead. Kuzco only makes sporadic appearances to stop the film and comment on whats going on, and makes a brief appearance in the climax to help out Kronk.
* DisneyDeath: After falling down a waterfall, he seemingly drowned. However, when Pacha was trying to give him CPR, we find out that he was just knocked unconscious.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Done hilariously, where a homeless man accidentally bumps into him during his song number, and gets promptly thrown out of the nearest window.
--> '''Kuzco''': You threw off my groove!
--> '''Guard''': Sorry, you threw off the Emperor's groove.
--> '''Old Man''': [as he is falling through the air] SOOOOOOOORRRRYYYYYYYYY!
** To add insult to injury, if you pay attention, Kuzco actually ran into the old man in the process of his groove. The old man was trying to hobble out of the way and couldn't move fast enough.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: He doesn't like cheese on his potatoes. "Cheese me no likie."
* EccentricMillionaire: More like ''"Eccentric Emperor"''.
* TheEmperor: Kuzco is the emperor of the Kuzconian Empire in Peru.
* EntitledBastard: After being turned into a llama, he genuinely expects Pacha to help him even while he openly intends to destroy Pacha's village so he can build a summer home in its place.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: After he saves Pacha from falling, Pacha points out that he could have just let him fall. Kuzco responds by saying "Nobody's that heartless!"
* EvilGloating: When Pacha falls through the crumbling bridge and Kuzco leaves him to die, he initially crosses safely and sets off home free only an hour away from the palace. Then he turns back and crosses the bridge again just to gloat a little more. [[BondVillainStupidity This immediately comes back to bite him hard]], as he doesn't make it across the bridge a third time and [[LaserGuidedKarma ends up in the same situation.]]
* GenreSavvy: Frequently snarks about and/or [[LampshadeHanging hangs lampshades]] the events of the movie.
* HatesBeingTouched: He's very particular about people entering his personal bubble. Towards the end of the movie, he allows certain people to hug him or playfully hit him.
* HeelRealization: By the 2/3 of the movie.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: He saves Pacha from nearly falling to his death...even though he was looking for an oppotunity to be rid of him.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Not only does he agree to have dinner with Yzma after he both fired and flat-out insulted her, kicking off her scheme of killing and usurping him for control over the empire, but he also believes that she and Kronk are trying to locate and bring him home rather than kill him, as Pacha attempted to warn him. Also, it never seems to occur to him that Yzma could be the one behind his transformation into a llama, even when he knows full well that she has a "secret" laboratory where she would be able to crate a potion that could change him into a different creature. It takes him overhearing Yzma berate Kronk for botching the poison attempt to break him out of this trope.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Probably the biggest hypocrite (protagonist) in Disney history, and it's played for laughs. He states, very pointedly, that he was the "victim here" and was so put-upon by everyone who wanted to take him down, and yet sees no problem with endangering hundreds and destroying an entire mountain village for the sake of building his own summer home and water park.
* IdleRich: Very much more concerned with indulging himself than actually taking care of his empire at first.
* ItsAllAboutMe: The page image and possible TropeCodifier.
* {{Jerkass}}: Pre-CharacterDevelopment. Kuzco was a comically conceited, ignorant, greedy, narcissistic, sarcastic, cowardly, and stubborn brat.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Post-CharacterDevelopment. Kuzco becomes more nice, loyal, good-natured, fun-loving, and polite. He's still comically conceited person and ignorant, but not as much as he was in the beginning.
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* LeanAndMean: Pre-CharacterDevelopment he was a skinny brat.
* MeaningfulName: Kuzco means "the center of the world" it was also the capital of the ancient Incan empire which seems to be where the movie takes place.
* MrViceGuy: Selfish, greedy, and lazy.
* {{Narcissist}}: When he realizes he got turned into a llama, the very first thing he throws a tantrum about is that he doesn't have his good looks anymore.
* NeverMyFault: At the beginning of the film, Kuzco blames what happened to him entirely on Patcha and Yzma, stating that they ruined his life for no reason. While both indirectly played a part in leading him there, it was largely his own selfish ways that resulted in where he was. Even he calls [[UnreliableNarrator himself]] out on it as part of his CharacterDevelopment.
* NotSoDifferent: Really, the differences between him and [[BigBad Yzma]] are quite superficial. And as it turns out, Yzma raised him, so that figures.
* OfficialCouple: With Malina by the series finale.
* ParentalAbandonment: No mention whatsoever is ever made to Kuzco's parents, presumably the previous rulers of the empire. Apparently, he was raised by Yzma: it's easy to see where he got his mean streak from. It's implied in one episode of [[WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool the series]] Yzma offed Kuzco's Dad.
* PrettyBoy: He's lithe with some traditionally effeminate features such as shoulder-length hair and a pretty precise grooming process.
* PrideBeforeAFall: His pride sets him up for all the hilarious trauma of the movie.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Subverted; he primarily dresses in red and yellow with a touch of teal in his earrings, but the dominance of red in his design points to his more antagonistic qualities. By the end of the first film, the biggest visual indicator that he's changed is when Chicha gifts him with a green poncho just like Pacha's.
* PrinceCharmless: To the potential brides in the opening. Subverted in that he was already the Emperor at this point.
* ReformedButNotTamed: In the movie, he's a selfish, self-centered jerk who plots to bulldoze the entire village for his own profit and almost left Pacha for dead, but had a change of heart and becomes good friends with Pacha. In the series, his selfishness isn't as bad as he was in the movie, and it was out of his stupidity most of the time. However, by ''Kronk's New Groove'', he finished his character development, but is still as flamboyant as ever.
* RichesToRags: Happens to Kuzco after being turned into a llama. At least most guys will be left with the shirt on their backs, Kuzco doesn't even have hands left! It says a lot about Kuzco that he gets over this pretty quickly under the assumption he can still boss people around and Yzma is still loyal.
* RoyalBrat: He has a tiny, elderly man defenestrated for throwing off his groove, criticizes his potential brides, and it's implied stuff like this happens on a daily basis.
* SingleTargetSexuality: The only woman that Kuzco is remotely attracted to is Malina, and, in one episode, a princess who looked exactly like her, but her personality made sure he didn't stay with her.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Words just can't describe how he fit this.
* SmugSnake: Despite his Emperor position, it's very hard to take him seriously as a threat to anyone.
** He is at least a head shorter (if not more) than the other three leads of the film.
** He is very thin and seemingly unfit (though obviously not as bad as Yzma).
* TitleCharacter: Kuzco is the "Emperor" who gets a "new groove".
* TookALevelInKindness: His ego gets a nasty, but good drop throughout the movie.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Kuzco's love for Mudkas Meat Mugs, to the point where he tried to eat nothing else in one episode.
* {{Tsundere}}: A surprising platonic male version. After ''saving Pacha's life'' when he could have let him fall, he claims he was just doing it so that he could still lead him to the Palace. Not because he likes him or anything.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: A narcissistic JerkAss at first, who gets a fair share of humiliation before [[TookALevelInKindness getting better.]]
* UptownGuy: Kuzco, a cocky young South American emperor, and Malina, a beautiful peasant girl.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JohnGoodman (film series, TV series; Season 2), Creator/FredTatasciore (TV series; Season 1), Creator/BillFarmer (video game)

This is Pacha, a soft-spoken, roly-poly peasant who helps Kuzco find his way back to his empire. Pacha is the head man of his village and a loving husband and father. He values the traditions of his people and wants to make a good future for his kids. And he's the first person Kuzco's met (maybe ever) to not put up with his Imperial nonsense for a minute.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Or the hulking, nice ones who can deliver one hell of a punch.
* BumblingDad: {{Averted}}. Despite the things that happen to him, he proves to be an effective parent to his kids.
* DeadpanSnarker: He gets some pretty good lines in the film as it progresses.
* DemotedToExtra: He's reduced to a supporting player in ''Kronk's New Groove'', but he does play a role in helping out Kronk in the climax.
* GentleGiant: Tall and husky, and definitely pretty strong, but mostly enjoys playing with his kids and talking to llamas.
* GoodParents: Along with Chicha, he is a kind and loving parent.
* HappilyMarried: Has a close and open relationship with Chicha.
* LargeAndInCharge: A large man and the head man of his village.
* MoralityPet: It's because of Pacha's endless patience and fatherly nature that allowed [[ItsAllAboutMe Kuzco]] to becomes a better person.
* NiceGuy: Kind, gentle, fatherly, polite, lovable, caring, sweet, compassionate, and goodhearted.
* NiceHat: A brown hat.
* OneHeadTaller: He's a full head taller than his wife Chicha.
* OnlySaneMan: Pacha acts as the sane one during his and Kuzco's adventure.
* ParentalSubstitute: He acts as a father figure to Kuzco.
* SilkHidingSteel: A rare male example. At first Pacha is very polite and affectionate, not saying more than he needs to and even helping a defenestrated old man. But he actually tends to pull BigDamnHeroes moments.
* TheStraightMan: To Kuzco, whenever the younger man acts selfish.

->''"It's brilliant, brilliant, ''brrrrilliant'', I tell you! ''Genius'', I say!"''\\
'''Voiced by:''' Eartha Kitt, Creator/GreyDeLisle (as a teenager), Creator/CandiMilo (currently)

Yzma is the emperor's royal advisor, who raised Kuzco from his early childhood, preparing him for the throne while running the empire herself. Kuzco eventually becomes annoyed with her constantly going behind his back and fires her. Enraged at this callous discarding, Yzma concocts a plan to assassinate Kuzco and take the throne for herself.
* AffablyEvil: Usually she's FauxAffablyEvil, but when a group of her henchmen are turned into animals, one of them asks to go home and Yzma politely excuses him without any hint of anger or annoyance and even asks the others if any of them would like to leave.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: She is a pale shade of lavender, whereas everyone else has a human skin tone.
* {{Animorphism}}: She gets turned into a cat during the climax of the movie.
* AnimalMotif: Between her design, the allusions for her actress and her transformation at the end of the film, Yzma definitely has a CatsAreMean motif going on.
* AxCrazy: Arguably the craziest Disney Villain to date.
* BaldOfEvil: She wears a variety of extravagant, colourful wigs throughout the movie, but she's shown to be bald when Kronk barges into her tent late in the movie.
* BenevolentBoss: At least to the royal guards, [[TheCaligula if not to anyone else]]. When one of them asks if he can go home on account of being turned into a cow, she excuses him without a second thought and even asks if any of the other guards (who had all been turned into a variety of other animals) would like to be excused.
* BigBad: Her efforts to take the throne from Kuzco end up turning him into a llama and end up far away from the palace. Yzma spends the rest of the film trying to hunt down Kuzco to kill him.
* BunniesForCuteness: Yzma uses a potion in Kronk's New Groove for herself to drink which turns her into a pink bunny. This causes the Senior Citizens including Rudy to gush over her cuteness until she gets carried away by a bird. She is later seen inside a bird's nest and witness two baby birds hatching from the nest she's in and even comments on how cute they both are until they start roaring at her freaking her out.
* TheCaligula: Yzma fits this trope during her time of regency.
-->'''Yzma:''' It is no concern of mine whether or not your family has... what was it again?\\
'''Peasant:''' Umm... food?\\
'''Yzma:''' HAH! You really should have thought of that before you became ''peasants!''
* CatchPhrase:
** "It's brilliant, brilliant, ''BRILLIANT''!"
** "To the Secret Lab!"
** "Pull the lever, Kronk!"
** "Wrong lever!" when Kronk pulls the wrong lever and results in her getting injured.
* CatsAreMean: In her cat form.
* CuteIsEvil: During her cat form and even a bunny in Kronk's New Groove.
* ChasteToons: She has twin nephews, Zim and Zam, who were voiced by [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Dylan and Cole Sprouse]].
* TheChewToy: Yzma goes through a LOT of abuse throughout the movie, to getting stuck in a swamp with flies, to rolling down a hill, picking up tar and feathers and becoming a human pinata as a result, to getting zapped by a small raincloud that appears out of nowhere while she and Kronk are gliding across a chasm, leading to them falling into said chasm, to getting a chandelier dropped on her (she fits through the hole in the middle of the chandelier). [[spoiler:And that's not including her transformation into a kitten and getting slammed into the wall, before ending up a squirrel scout and firmly losing any control she had over Kuzco's empire.]]
* TheComicallySerious: Particularly when she has to deal with Pacha's kids.
* CoolOldLady: She may be unusually old, but she's ''very'' agile and can still perform acrobatic feats.
* DemotedToExtra: She only plays a brief role in the first act of ''Kronks New Groove'', and she vanishes from the film after the fact, save for a brief appearance at the very end.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: In the TV series, Yzma's "secret lab" isn't very secret.
-->'''Kuzco:''' (''mockingly imitating Yzma'') ''TO THE NOT-SO-SECRET LAB!''
** He knew about it in the first film, too. He intends to go there to be changed back.
-->'''Kuzco:''' Yzma's got that "secret lab".
* EvilChancellor: She did start out as TheStarscream, but became this as Kuzco got ''better''.
* EvilLaugh: She's a ''master'' of these.
* EvilOldFolks: So old that Kuzco calls her "living proof that dinosaurs roamed the earth".
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow
* FanDisservice: Spelled out below ([[spoiler:until she becomes a cat]]). Lampshaded in universe.
-->'''Yzma''': I bet you weren't expecting ''this!'' (''appears to pull up her dress'')
-->'''Pacha and Kuzco''': *sounds of disgust*
-->'''Yzma''': A-HA! (''reveals knife that was taped to her leg beneath her dress'')
-->'''Pacha and Kuzco''': (''relieved'') Ah, yeah, okay.
* TheFashionista: She may be [[PhraseCatcher scary beyond all reason]], but she has a great sense of style. Undoubtedly another trait Kuzco picked up from her.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: A platonic example. The LeanAndMean body-type BigBad to Kronk's hulking GentleGiant.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: High on the "ineffectual", low on the "sympathetic". [[TheChewToy But we love her anyway]].
* InkSuitActor: WordOfGod says that her appearance was based on Eartha Kitt herself. They were worried that this would offend her, but it turned out that she actually found it hilarious.
* IWasQuiteALooker: In the original version of the movie this was her motivation, even. And the TV show confirm it: her teenage self is a cutie.
* LaughablyEvil: She's arguably the most comedic character in the film... even though she wants to assassinate an emperor.
* LeanAndMean: Taking a cue from characters like Jafar and Maleficent, Yzma is positively spindly - likely as a call back to their designs.
* MadScientist: She has a secret lab, a maniacal laugh and everything. The anachronistic dissonance is played for laughs, of course.
* NeverMyFault:
** She often blames the failures of her evil plans on Kronk; while he does hold some of the blame, a lot of it usually has to do with the fact that her plans tend to be either a) [[ComplexityAddiction too convoluted to actually work]], b) [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption doomed to fail from the start]], c) irrelevant to what she wants to accomplish in the first place, or d) all of the above.
** She also treated Kuzco firing her as an act of pure betrayal and calls him an "ungrateful little worm" while lamenting that he would do such a thing to her when she "practically raised him". She fails to acknowledge the fact that 1. he fired her for trying to rule behind his back, and 2. [[CardCarryingVillain her]] raising him was [[NotSoDifferent probably what caused him to turn out this way in the first place]] (something Kronk unwittingly lampshades).
* NiceHat: A mane of some sort.
* NotSoHarmless: At the climax of the movie, she goes from bumbling and ineffectual to threatening enough to send Kuzco and Pacha running for their lives.
* OddFriendship: With Kronk in the TV series--they get along surprisingly well beyond just being partners and she's even referred to as his best friend, which Kuzco is naturally baffled by.
* OneWingedAngel: Hilariously parodied when she gets turned into [[spoiler:a fluffy little kitten, doubling this with SealedEvilInATeddyBear.]]
* PaperThinDisguise: Her alter-ego of Principal [[SdrawkcabAlias Amzy]] doesn't really fool Kuzco, but Kronk can never seem to recognize her [[spoiler: until the series finale where he reveals he knew all along and sums up why her disguise was so weak.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: She actually ''raised'' Kuzco since he was a baby and thus explaining where most of Kuzco's faults come from; it's implied she was going to pull a TheWomanBehindTheMan act when he was finally crowned and rule the kingdom through him, but his firing her put a stop to that. (It's also implied that she offed Kuzco's parents in order to do so).
* PhraseCatcher: Not an episode of the TV series goes by without calling her "scary beyond all reason".
* RegentForLife: Attempts this, but when Kuzco fires her she moves to a more direct method and tries to kill him.
* SealedEvilInATeddyBear: Yzma is [[spoiler: transformed into a nearly harmless kitten]] near the end of the movie.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Despite being an elderly and frail-looking woman, Yzma gets most of the slapstick-styled comedy.
* SmugSnake: All of her plans are either too convoluted to actually work or doomed to fail from the start, and yet she's under the assumption that she's an evil genius.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Or rather one idiot, Kronk, but the effect is the same.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Yzma certainly enjoys throwing her weight around, but the notion of actually usurping Kuzco only seems to hit her after he fires her. Granted, she did raise him (and as above mentioned, may have offed his parents) so perhaps she was trying to use him as a puppet.
* UnfortunateNames: In the ancient Peruvian language called Quechua, Yzma means "Shit".
* TheUsurper: She decides to become this after Kuzco fires her.
* VagueAge: We know she's old, but we don't know ''how'' old. According to "The Emperor's New School Spirit" episode of the TV series, she's [[BlatantLies 48]]. A flashback in the HalloweenEpisode makes it more confusing, as Yzma is shown to have looked exactly the same as she does now back when Kuzco was a toddler. If anything, she's older than anyone can possibly imagine.
* VainSorceress: In the original draft of the film, Yzma was obsessed with restoring and maintaining her youth by bringing about eternal night, as reflected by her VillainSong, "Snuff Out The Light". And vain is one of the more accurate words to describe her in the finished film as well, if her outrageously extravagant and tacky outfits along with all beauty creams are any indication.
* VillainDecay: She goes from being the driving threat of the first film to a small time crook in ''Kronks New Groove''.
* VillainousValor: During the last fight. Not even the risk of dying by falling 100 feet down from a building, or [[spoiler:turning into a small cat]] will stop her.

-> ''"Oh yeah: it's all coming together."''
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/PatrickWarburton

Yzma's current sidekick (she swaps them out every decade or so), who was clearly hired more for muscles than for brains. Despite working for Yzma, he's a chill guy with a sunny demeanor who'll go with her {{Zany Scheme}}s no matter what they require of him. Also a FriendToAllLivingThings, a SupremeChef, and a NiceGuy who struggles with deep theological conundrums. Wait, [[HeelFaceTurn why is he a bad guy again]]?
* {{Adorkable}}: Despite his HeroicBuild, Kronk definitely qualifies. He's a {{gentle giant}}, quite clumsy, and his ditzy nature only adds to his charm. If that wasn't enough, the guy is ''[[SuddenlyFluentInGibberish can speak fluent squirrel!]]''
* AffectionateNickname: "Kronkie-Poo" by Birdwell.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: His last name is Pepikrankenitz, and he imagines himself getting married by a rabbi in a traditional Jewish ceremony. What a Jewish character is doing in pre-Columbian South America is anyone's guess.
* AntiVillain: He's only a villain by working with Yzma. Otherwise, he couldn't be a nicer guy.
* BigOlEyebrows: He has thick, black eyebrows.
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Birdwell. Both are friendly chipmunk scout leaders (making them both FriendToAllChildren), love baking, are {{Spirited Competitor}}s, and are ''amazing'' dancers.
* BreakoutCharacter: He got his own DirectToVideo sequel.
* BrownNote: "I never liked your spinach puffs! Never!"
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Kronk is capable of incredible superhuman athletics, such as running from a school to his house and back in mere seconds, and running up a mountain (while having a seat tied to his body with Yzma riding atop). Through the series, it is learned that Kronk comes from a family of athletic health and fitness advocates.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Kronk's ditzy nature is quite...unique.
* DeadpanSnarker: High on the 'deadpan', low on the 'snarky'. But he still has some of the funniest lines in the film. Slightly moreso in the TV series:
-->'''Yzma:''' (''regarding her age'') I'm only 48!\\
'''Kronk:''' In dog years, maybe.
* TheDragon: To Yzma, being her right-hand man and the secondary antagonist of the first film and TV series.
* DumbMuscle: Kronk is very muscular, but is incredibly naive and childish.
* DumbassHasAPoint: When Yzma figures out that Kronk accidentally gave Kuzco llama extract instead of poison, Kronk rather fairly points out that all of Yzma's vials look the same and she should figure out a better way to label them.
* EveryoneHasStandards: When he drops Llama!Kuzco in the river, he's genuinely concerned about him dying. Even though this is what [[BigBad Yzma]] wants, he can't bring himself to kill someone.
* ExtremeDoormat: Him being so docile and accepting is what makes him put up with all of Yzma's constant abuse and Kuzco's constant egomania. Of course, after his HeelFaceTurn he stops being a doormat to Yzma.
* FriendToAllChildren: Kronk turns out to be great with kids, as seen when he plays with Tipo and Chaca. He's also a chipmunk scout leader.
* GeniusDitz: While the ditzy part is unquestionable, he knows how to be liked by anyone he meets (another kind of intelligence), is a great cook, has a lot of practical knowledge about things and can survive in the wild all by himself, plus he's fluent in squirrel and HashHouseLingo. Moreover he as a surprising analytical insight where many others seem to fail, he was the first to figure out that Pacha was with the transformed Emperor trying to help him get back. Although he's a little slow on the uptake he can figure things out pretty quickly too, even guessing what the evil Yzma was planning beforehand ahead of anyone else.
* GentleGiant: He's a huge man with a huge heart.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Has a pair of these, which basically look like himself dressed as a stereotypical angel and devil respectively. They're also {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s like him, so their conversations tend to quickly go off the rails. He's the only one who can see them, so it deeply confuses others when they see him talking to them.
* HeelFaceTurn: At the end of the movie.
* HiddenDepths: Let us count the ways:
** He's a SupremeChef and he gets HashHouseLingo right away.
** He used to take interpretive dance, though he usually had to be in the back due to weak ankles.
** [[SuddenlyFluentInGibberish He's fluent in the languages of woodland creatures, including squirrel.]]
** He's quite skilled at various kinds of jump rope and seems to genuinely bond with Pacha's kids over it.
** He balks when Yzma orders him to break down the closet door in Pacha's house, pointing out that it's hand-carved mahogany.
** It was revealed in The Emperor's New School episode "Oops, All Doodles" that Kronk has a talent for drawing.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl:
** A platonic example. The hulking GentleGiant to Yzma's LeanAndMean body-type BigBad.
** Kronk is the same OneHeadTaller GentleGiant when he becomes an OfficialCouple with the lean, but nice Birdwell.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: "... and I never liked your spinach puffs!"
* LateToTheRealization: One of his best moments.
-->'''Kronk''' (''wakes up late at night''): Wait... That customer. At the restaurant!
-->'''Kronk:''' (''horrified'') '''HE DIDN'T PAY HIS CHECK!''' *faints*
* LikeFatherUnlikeSon: Kronk is a GentleGiant who enjoys [[RealMenWearPink baking]] and other similar hobbies. His father who is introduced in the sequel is a short statured man who doesn't view such things as being merits of someone he would consider as successful. Upon seeing the lengths [[TrueCompanions Kronk's friends]] would do to [[AFriendInNeed help him out]] and their overall view of him however, Kronk's father [[SoProudOfYou gives his approval]] in light of his son's character rather than the standards that he personally believes in.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: When Yzma infiltrates Pacha's house by saying they're distant relatives, it seems Kronk actually ''believes'' this. He plays games with the kids, has a blast, and doesn't leave without urging Chicha to not wait until the next family reunion for a get together.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: Kronk disowns Yzma after she makes an acerbic comment about his beloved spinach puffs. The insult is so harsh that even Kronk's ''Shoulder Devil'' is disgusted by it.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Yzma criticizing his spinach puffs is enough for him to [[HeelFaceTurn turn against her]] in the climax.
* NiceGuy: Kronk is shy, good-hearted, likable, friendly, docile, helpful, gentle, and honest.
* OddFriendship: Hits it off pretty quickly with Bucky the Squirrel. Helped by the fact that Kronk is fluent in squirrel.
* OfficialCouple: With Birdwell in the sequel.
* PunchClockVillain: Working for Yzma is just a job for him. He doesn't hold any malice towards Kuzco.
* RealMenCook: Kronk is revealed to be a great chef, who can make such things, as spinach puffs and fondue. He also has a secret recipe for foie gras. Kronk knows a variety of recipes, as revealed in the first film when he takes over for the chef when the chef quits his job after being criticized by Kuzco. He's also surprisingly good with kitchen talk.
-->'''Kronk:''' "Three oikers wearing pants, a plate of hot air, basket of Grandma's breakfast, and change the bull to a gill. Got it."
* RealMenWearPink: In addition to baking, some of Kronk's other hobbies include ballet and jump rope.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Averted, for comedy. At first it seems that Yzma has killed Kronk by throwing him down a trap door to his death, but he actually emerges from it alive and completely unharmed... in the process, hitting [[ItMakesSenseinContext kitty Yzma.]]
* SmartBall: Kronk typically ends up being the OnlySaneMan in his GoodAngelBadAngel scenes.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Kronk can talk to little woodland creatures, thanks to his Junior Chipmunk training.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: When his father is shown in the DTV sequel, Kronk looks ''exactly'' like him. The only differences are his father's grey hair and short stature.
* SuddenlyFluentInGibberish: He talks to squirrels.
* SupremeChef: He can cook ''anything''.
* TopHeavyGuy: He mentions that he's a nightmare to tailor for, being a 66 long, 31 waist -- meaning, his chest is ''five and a half feet around.''
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Kronk's affinity for spinach puffs, which he is borderline obsessed with.
* UnskilledButStrong: Subverted. Kronk lacks some basic common sense and basic intelligence - considering that he cannot follow a conversation for much more than ten seconds - but he is fluent in woodland creature languages (particularly skilled in squirrel), is a SupremeChef, and even has his own moments of genius clarity and realization.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: He accidentally gives Yzma the idea to kill Kuzco.
* WellDoneSonGuy: All he wants is a thumbs-up from his dad. [[HeartwarmingMoments He gets one.]]
* XanatosSpeedChess: Astoundingly, after he forgets which goblet holds the poisoned drink, he manages to play a mean game of this. Kronk proceeds to mix all three drinks so that they are all poisoned, communicate this fact to Yzma, and covertly dispose of his own drink while Kuzco remains none the wiser.

->'''Voiced by:''' Wendie Malick

Pacha's frustrated wife. Despite being heavily pregnant, and busy raising two kids, she's a true spitfire who wouldn't think twice about giving the Emperor himself a piece of her mind! A loving mama and loyal wife who, in a pinch, proves she's not to be messed with. Ever.
* ActionMom: She's pregnant so she doesn't do much in the way of action, but she's pretty quick with a FryingPanOfDoom
* AsYouKnow: Says this to Yzma.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Uses a frying pan to hit Kuzco (still a llama) after he scared her.
* GoodParents: Along with Pacha, she is a kind and loving parent.
* HappilyMarried: Has a close and open relationship with Pacha.
* NeatFreak: When Pacha reports that Kuzco refused to see him, Chicha gets so frustrated that the only thing she can do to let off steam is go and wash something.
* NiceGirl: She's a loving wife towards Pacha and a loving mother towards her children.
* PregnantBadass: Yes, in a Disney animated film. Played more realistically than usual in that she's ''very'' late in the pregnancy, but pulls this off with the help of her other kids.

-> '''Voiced by:''' Kellyann Kelso (1st film), Creator/JessieFlower (2nd film and series)

Pacha and Chicha's oldest child and only daughter. Chaca gets into fights with her brother, Tipo and is quite talkative.
* GirlishPigtails: She has two pigtails, but isn't exactly girly.
* ImprobableHairstyle: How do her pigtails stand up like that?
* MotorMouth: Can out talk anyone.
* NiceGirl: Chaca is a fun-loving and sweet person.
* SiblingTeam: With Tipo when they distract Yzma with their mother.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: A sibling version. With Tipo. {{Justified}} since she's older.

-> '''Voiced by:''' Eli Russell Linnetz (1st and 2nd flm), Shane Baumel (series)

Pacha and Chicha's middle child and oldest son. Tipo gets into fights with his sister, Chaca and wants to be just like his dad.
* AscendedExtra: Tipo gets more screentime in the sequel.
* CassandraTruth: "I had a dream that Dad was tied to a log and was careening out of control down a raging river of death!" Turned out he was right.
* FriendToBugs: One of the things Tipo likes is bugs.
* NiceGuy: Tipo has a kind and fun-loving personality.
* SiblingTeam: With Chaca when they distract Yzma with their mother.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: A sibling version. With Tipo. {{Justified}} since she's older.
* WellDoneSonGuy: {{Implied}}. Tipo greatly admires his father and wants to be just like him.

[[folder:Bucky the Squirrel]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BobBergen

He is a kind, happy squirrel who enjoys eating nuts and has a good sense of friendship, good enough to make him hate arrogant people like Kuzco and act cross with them. He is also a great friend of Kronk's and is a tutor on Squirrel Speak in Kuzco Academy.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Best shown when he first meets Kuzco as a llama. Bucky arrives and amiably offers him an acorn. Kuzco takes the acorn in mock pleasantry but then hits Bucky on the head with it and tells him to hit the road. Right after, Kuzco falls into an area filled with sleeping jaguars. Bucky blows up a balloon animal and threatens to pop it, He does so but it fails to wake up the jaguars until Kuzco screams "Ha!" He later tells Kronk, and by extension Yzma, which way Kuzco went, where before they were utterly lost.
* NiceGuy: Offers an acorn to anyone he meets.
* NonHumanSidekick: Bucky reappears in the sequel as Kronk's "sidekick" of sorts. He is also a part of Kronk's Squirrel Scouts organization.
* OddFriendship: With Kronk. Helped by the fact that Kronk is fluent in squirrel.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Like any squirrel, Bucky is fond of nuts and acorns.

->'''Voiced by:''' Tracey Ullman

Birdwell is the troop captain of her "Chippers" and the LoveInterest of Kronk in the sequel.
* {{Adorkable}}: Her adorable laugh and burgeoning romance with Kronk qualifies her as one.
* AffectionateNickname: "Miss Birdy-poo" by Kronk.
* AnimalMotifs: Like her name suggests, she has some avian qualities.
* BigOlEyebrows: Like Konk, she has black and thick eyebrows.
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Kronk. Both are friendly chipmunk scout leaders (making them both FriendToAllChildren), love baking, are {{Spirited Competitor}}s, and are ''amazing'' dancers.
* ColorMotifs: The color orange surrounds her a lot.
* DubNameChange: She is named "Avelinda" (Pretty bird) in the Latin American dub.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Birdwell may be the competitive type, but she draws the line at cheating.
* FriendToAllChildren: Which is why she became a troop captain. She is very kind and helpful to her "Chippers", and would not let anything happen to them, especially to the point of not letting Kronk and his Chipmunks ruin their events.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The lean and trim Birdwell becomes an OfficialCouple with Kronk, the OneHeadTaller GentleGiant.
* LoveInterest: To Kronk in the sequel.
* MeaningfulName: '''Bird'''well's {{animal motif}} are of avian qualities.
* NiceGirl: Has a caring and loving personality.
* NiceHat: Birdwell is never seen without her captain troop hat.
* OfficialCouple: With Kronk.
* PrimAndProperBun: Birdwell wears her hair in a tight bun.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Birdwell initially didn't like [[GentleGiant Kronk]] because she thought he was a careless troop leader. After they make some raisin bread together, she realizes that he's more than what she thought: Kind, romantic, and loves his "chippers". She falls for him as instantly as he falls for her.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JessicaDiCicco

A new main character in the spin-off series. She's Kuzco's LoveInterest, which isn't a well kept secret. Malina is a cheerleader and the school council president who also is very smart and prints the Academy's news scroll. She is also a straight-A student, which is apparently a requirement for the cheerleading squad (which is a twist to most stereotypical "airheaded" cheerleaders).
* TheAce: Head cheerleader, school council president, attractive.
* AnimalMotifs: It's subtle, but she's loosely associated with birds. She is seen wearing a poncho with a bird on it at one point, matching Kuzco's llama poncho, and about the only time she's transformed by one of Yzma's animal potions, she becomes a parrot.
* BrokenAce: Shows this in Season 2. She is driven to excel almost to the point of having a nervous breakdown if she doesn't do everything perfectly perfect (a prime example of a Type A personality).
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Starts out as a borderline CanonSue, but eventually is given flaws; notably, she's made into a perfectionist and occasionally a control freak. And she's noted to be a bit competitive, to the point that even ''Kuzco'' thinks she's scary.
-->'''Malina:''' I ''love'' winning!
* ControlFreak: On a bad day.
* DeathGlare: The "Malina Stare", something that both Kuzco and Kronk are terrified of. It's even accompanied by PsychoStrings.
* DudeMagnet: Malina has attracted a number of men, including Kuzco; if you remember from the first movie, he showed absolute disinterest in all of the attractive women who he was to choose for a bride.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: She's constantly annoyed not just by Kuzco constantly calling her his girlfriend, but the fact that others seem to believe it. Though she gets less frustrated with it as the series goes on.
* HotScoop: After graduation Malina becomes a reporter to work for the Kuzconian Times.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: At one point, Kuzco splits her in dozens of parts of her personality so he could date the part that was in love with him. Naturally, this ended in disaster.
* MoralityPet: The only times [[ItsAllAboutMe Kuzco]] will do something selfless is when Malina wants him to.
* NiceGirl: Malina has a very high moral mindset.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Though usually the OnlySaneWoman, occasionally she would fall into her own faults and oddball traits, especially later on in the series - for example, one episode deals with her getting increasingly obsessed with getting first place in a meaningless contest to the point of cheating.
* OfficialCouple: With Kuzco by the series finale.
* OnlySaneWoman: She will usually be the one to be the most rational when it comes to some kind of craziness or Kuzco's selfishness.
* {{Perfectionist}}: Increasingly as the series went on. A few later episodes dealt with how she got in her own way because of this.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Malina admits that she does like [[HiddenHeartOfGold Kuzco]] and would ''really'' like him, if it weren't for his arrogance and egotism.