[[folder:Emperor Kuzco]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/DavidSpade

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}}: Although not in the nerdy way, but in the socially-awkward-kinda-woobie-way. Once he stops being a {{Jerkass}}.
* 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:
** 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.
* AnimalMotifs: A llama.
* 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.
* 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 adressed 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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!"
* 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.
* {{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 thanactually 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}}: Before his CharacterDevelopment, he is very full of himself.
* 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 [[TheEmperorsNewSchool the series]] Yzma offed Kuzco's Dad.
* PrettyBoy: Oh yeah. He's a Jerkass, but damn if he's not a good-looking Jerkass.
* 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 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.
* 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 "Emperor" to get 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 narcisissic JerkAss at first, who gets a fair share of humiliation before [[TookALevelInKindness getting better.]]

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

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.
* TheBigGuy
* BumblingDad:
* DeadpanSnarker: He gets some pretty good lines in the film as it progresses.
* 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.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Chicha.
* NiceGuy: Keeps this up throughout the film even though Kusco is a world-class asshat that nobody likes.
* NiceHat: A brown hat.
* OneHeadTaller: To Kuzco 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: To Kuzco, whenever the younger man acts selfish.

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

Alright gang now check out this piece of work. Now, this is Yzma, the emperor's royal advisory. Living proof that dinosaurs once roamed the Earth. Yzma 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.
* AxCrazy: Arguably the craziest Disney Villain to date.
* 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.
* 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]].
* TheComicallySerious: Particularly when she has to deal with Pacha's kids.
* 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''.
* EvilIsHammy
* EvilLaugh: She's a ''master'' of these.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* LaughablyEvil: She's arguably the most comedic character in the film... even though she wants to assassinate an emperor.
* LaughingMad
* 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) 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 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".
* 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. Granted, she did raise him (and as above mentioned, may have offed his parents) so perhaps she was tyring to use him as a puppet.
* 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 [[BlatantLies 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: Everyone else has black hair, she has ''purple'' 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 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!]]''
* 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}}: 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.
* TheDragon: To Yzma.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 patcha 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.
* 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.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: "... and I never liked your spinach puffs!"
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He just couldn't kill Kuzco at the beginning, and has a HeelFaceTurn by the end of the movie and becomes a full-on {{nice guy}}.
* 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.
* 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
* 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.
* 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
* 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.
* SuddenlyFluentInGibberish: He talks to squirrels.
* SupremeChef: He can cook ''anything''.
* 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.''
* 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.

->'''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: To an extent...
* AsYouKnow: Says this to Yzma.
* FryingPanOfDoom
* GoodParents: Along with Pacha, she is a kind and loving parent.
* HappilyMarried: Has a close and open relationship with Pacha.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: 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:''' Bob Bergen

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!" Later on during
* 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 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.
* ColorMotifs: The color orange surrounds her a lot.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Birdwell may be the competitive type, but she draws the line at cheating.
* FriendToAllChildren: Which is why she became a troop captain.
* LoveInterest: To Kronk in the sequel.
* MeaningfulName: '''Bird'''well's {{animal motif}} is that of avian qualities.
* NiceGirl: A 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 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:''' Jessica [=DiCicco=]

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, cheerleader, and overall a nice young lady.
* 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!
* CloserToEarth: Plays this role in nearly every episode, not just to Kuzco but occasionally to Kronk as well. Also the OnlySaneWoman.
* 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.
* 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 CloserToEarth, 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.
* {{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 Kuzco and would ''really'' like him, if it weren't for his arrogance and egotism.