!!Emperor Kuzco
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/DavidSpade

The main protagonist of the first movie.
* 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.
* AmbiguouslyGay:
** For starters, his massive earrings (although Yzma has the exact same ones, so it could be a statement of power).
** His body language and poise are certainly flamboyant, and at the very least CampStraight.
** He is disgusted by the women presented to him as potential brides at the beginning of the movie.
** To the fans, his relationship with Pacha could be considered this.
*** Ultimately averted in The Emperor's New School TV series, where he is ''extremely'' attracted to a girl.
* AntiHero: Starts out as a NominalHero, evolves into a Type II.
* BalefulPolymorph: Essentially every animal transformation he goes through in the movie.
* 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
* CatchPhrase: "No touchy!"
* CelibateHero: He actually seems quite {{asexual}} in the movie. Averted in the TV series, however.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan
* DeadpanSnarker
* DemotedToExtra: In the sequel, when Kronk takes the lead.
* 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!
* [[EccentricMillionaire Eccentric Emperor]]
* TheEmperor
* EvenEvilHasStandards: After he saves Pacha from falling, Pacha points out that he could have just let him fall. Kuzco responds by saying "Nobody that's heartless!"
* GenreSavvy
* HatesBeingTouched
* HeelRealization: By the 2/3 of the movie.
* {{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
* ItsAllAboutMe: The page image and possible TropeCodifier.
* {{Jerkass}} [[CharacterDevelopment -->]] JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* {{Keet}}
* LeanAndMean
* 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
* NotSoDifferent: Really, the differences between him and [[BigBad Yzma]] are quite superficial. And as it turns out, Yzma raised him, so that figures.
* 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 [[TheEmperorsNewSchool the series]] Yzma offed Kuzco's Dad.
* PrideBeforeAFall: His pride sets him up for all the hilarious trauma of the movie.
* PrinceCharmless: To the potential brides in the opening. Subverted in that he was already the Emperor at this point.
* RichesToRags: Happens to Kuzco at the beginning.
* 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.
* 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).
* [[spoiler:SpoiledSweet: In the end.]]
* {{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

->'''Voiced by:''' John Goodman

A soft-spoken, roly-poly peasant who helps Kuzco find his way back to his empire.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Or the hulking, nice ones who can deliver one hell of a punch.
* TheBigGuy
* BumblingDad:
* DeadpanSnarker: He gets some pretty good lines in the film as it progresses.
* GoodParents
* HappilyMarried
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Chicha.
* NiceGuy: Keeps this up throughout the film even though Kusco is a world-class asshat that nobody likes.
* NiceHat
* OneHeadTaller: To Kusco in both of his forms.
* OnlySaneMan
* SilkHidingSteel: 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
* UglyGuyHotWife

->''"It's brilliant, brilliant, ''brrrrilliant'', I tell you! ''Genius'', I say!"''\\
'''Voiced by:''' Eartha Kitt

The main antagonist of the first movie.
* AxCrazy: Arguably the craziest Disney Villain to date.
* 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''!"
* ChasteToons: She has twin nephews, Zim and Zam, who were voiced by [[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Dylan and Cole Sprouse]].
* EverybodyKnewAlready: In the TV series, Yzma's "secret lab" isn't very secret.
-->'''Kuzco''': (''mockingly imitating Yzma'') ''TO THE NOT-SO-SECRET LAB!''
* EvilChancellor
** She did start out as TheStarscream, but became an EvilChancellor as Kuzco got ''better''.
* EvilIsHammy
* 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.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The late Eartha Kitt.
* 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: Her teenage self is a cutie.
** BeautyIsBad: But she's still evil.
* LaughablyEvil: She's arguably the most comedic character in the film...even though she wants to assassinate an emperor.
* LaughingMad
* LeanAndMean
* MadScientist: She's pretty decent at making potions.
* 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) too convoluted to actually work, b) doomed to fail from the start, c) irrelevant to what she wants to accomplish in the first place, or d) all of the above.
* NiceHat
* 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.
* 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.
* ParentalSubstitute: She actually ''raised'' Kuzco since he was a baby; 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".
* PimpedOutDress
* 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
* 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.
* UnfortunateNames: In the ancient Peruvian language called Quechua, Yzma means "Shit".
* 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 [[YoungerThanTheyLook 48]].
* 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.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]: Everyone else has black hair. This is one reason why she is 'scary beyond all reason'
** She actually wears wigs and headpieces... not that that helps in any way.

->'''Voiced by''' Creator/PatrickWarburton

Yzma's sidekick who has a HeelFaceTurn at the end of the movie, along with Kuzco.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Seriously, his last name is Pepikrankenitz.
* AntiVillain: Type IV.
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' insult his cooking. This is all he could take from Yzma, and caused him to switch from Yzma's side to helping the protagonists.
* BreakoutCharacter: He got his own DirectToVideo sequel.
* BrownNote: "I never liked your spinach puffs! Never!"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* DeadpanSnarker: High on the 'deadpan', low on the 'snarky'. But he still has some of the funniest lines in the film.
* TheDragon: To Yzma.
* DumbMuscle
* ExtremeDoormat: Him being so docile and accepting is what makes him put up with all of Yzma's constant abuse and Kusco's constant egomania. Of course, after his HeelFaceTurn he stops being a doormat to Yzma.
* [[SuddenlyFluentInGibberish Fluent In Gibberish]]: He talks to squirrels.
* 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.
* GentleGiant
* HeelFaceTurn: At the end of the movie.
* HiddenDepths: He gets HashHouseLingo right away.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: "... and I never liked your spinach puffs!"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He just couldn't kill Kuzco at the beginning, and has a HeelFaceTurn by the end of the movie.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil
* 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.
* PunchClockVillain
* [[RealMenCook Real Men Bake]]
* 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.]]
* RightHandHottie
* SupremeChef
* TooDumbToLive:
* 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.''
* 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.

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

Pacha's frustrated wife. Throughout the film, she is pregnant with a child, and her newborn baby is born at the film's climax.
* ActionMom: To an extent...
* AsYouKnow: Says this to Yzma.
* FryingPanOfDoom
* GoodParents
* HappilyMarried
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Pacha.
* 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.
* UglyGuyHotWife