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->'''[[BigBad Yzma]]''': A ''llama?!'' He's supposed to be ''dead!''\\
'''[[MinionWithAnFInEvil Kronk]]''': Yeah. Weird...

A ''very'' atypical animated movie from Creator/{{Disney}}. Hugely self-aware and a lot more [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar dirty]] than the previous 39 entries in [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon the studio's canon]], ''The Emperor's New Groove'' is a film that trolled the deepest levels of DevelopmentHell and finally emerged as more or less a spoof of its original concept. As indicated by the title, it is loosely inspired by the Creator/HansChristianAndersen story ''Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes''.

Kuzco (Creator/DavidSpade) is the spoiled teenaged Emperor of a mountainous jungle nation based (once again, ''[[{{Mayincatec}} very]]'' [[{{Mayincatec}} loosely]]) on the ancient [[UsefulNotes/PreColumbianCivilizations Incan empire]] of South America. On the eve of his eighteenth birthday, he becomes the target of an assassination attempt by his incredibly ancient adviser Yzma (Eartha Kitt) and her borderline idiot-savant lackey Kronk (Creator/PatrickWarburton), after he unceremoniously fires them from their high-profile jobs. Their plan fails, and Kuzco is accidentally turned into a llama. He's forced to team up with burly and good-hearted peasant Pacha (John Goodman) on a dangerous trek through the jungle to reclaim his throne -- while Pacha tries to teach Kuzco just a ''little'' bit of humility in the process.

The film has no love story apart from Pacha and his very pregnant wife, only two significant songs (both written by [[ThePolice Sting]] after the other 90% of his soundtrack was discarded, and one of which is performed by Music/TomJones), and the spurned would-be [[NonHumanSidekick cute animal sidekick]] vengefully attempts to get Kuzco eaten by a pack of jaguars. As you might guess, this all plays out more like a feature-length WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon than a typical Disney flick. RogerEbert's review specifically said that this wasn't an animated feature, but a 100-minute cartoon, and that he meant that as a good thing.

It was extremely well-received by critics, but a lackluster Disney marketing effort on its behalf lead to middling box-office returns. It eventually did do well enough to spawn a (significantly less well-received) made-for-video sequel centered around Kronk, and then a [[WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool TV series]].

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!!''The Emperor's New Groove'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalHug
* AffablyEvil: Kronk, being a GentleGiant and having great social skills.
** Yzma has an amusing moment when she politely dismisses a soldier who asks if he can leave after being transformed into a [[GenderBender cow]].
* AffectionateParody: Of classic Disney and Acme cartoons and epic fairy tales.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: The alligators in Yzma's trap door moat whine like dogs when slapped.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Yzma, possibly due to being unfathomably old, is an inhuman purplish-gray in a movie where every other character is a more natural light brown.
** And her face turns ''bright red'' when she gets angry.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: The waitress says "mazel tov" at one point in the movie. It's possible the film just takes place in a universe where [[SpaceJews all the Inca are Jewish]]. Or something.
** The humor is heavily influenced by BorschtBelt sensibilities.
** Fun fact: Ancient Meso-Americans being (partially?) descended from Israelites is a big part of what The Book of Mormon is about!
* AnachronismStew: Oh, so much (what's an American-style GreasySpoon--complete with [[HashHouseLingo incomprehensible orders]] and an {{Expy}} of the Big Boy--doing in the pre-Colombian Andes?). Most of it can be chalked up to RuleOfFunny, except for the wheels. The writers actually spent quite a while debating whether to include wheels before realizing this just wasn't the kind of movie that needed to worry about historical accuracy.
** A floor waxer gets a few seconds of screen time as part of a joke.
* AngelFaceDemonFace: Kuzco starts out very hard-lined and softens to more Disney-appropriate features after he learns his [[AnAesop Aesop]]. Yzma looks like she's going to have the demon face but ends up turning into something much cuter than her original "scary beyond all reason" appearance.
* {{Animorphism}}: Since Kuzco is turned into a llama in appearance, it's natural that he'd retain his bipedal capabilities
* {{Antihero}}: Kuzco is a JerkAss, but with CharacterDevelopment he gets better
* {{Antivillain}}: Kronk is only evil by his association with Yzma, and is at worst AffablyEvil
* ApatheticCitizens: But when their choice of leaders is between [[{{Jerkass}} Kuzco]] and [[LaughablyEvil Yzma]], can you really blame them?
* ArgumentOfContradictions: Pacha's kids argue about whether their father would ever kiss a llama. They interrupt their rapid fire litany of "Nuh-uh!" "Yeah-huh!" only to say good night to their mother, then continue through the night.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "...[And] I never liked your spinach puffs! ''Never!''" Made even more hilarious because [[ITakeOffenceToThatLastOne this cut Kronk]] [[BerserkButton deeper than anything else she said]]. Even his Shoulder Devil does a HeelFaceTurn after that.
-->'''Devil:''' That's it. ''[[[DramaticGunCock cocks trident like a shotgun]]]'' She's going ''down''.
* ArtShift: The animation which accompanies Yzma's EvilPlan.
* {{Asexuality}}: Kuzco seems to lean toward this. Until the TV series, that is.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny / {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Kronk's inability to concentrate more than 10 seconds on Yzma's plans because he always gets distracted (generally by his own cooking). It quickly becomes a RunningGag.
-->'''Yzma:''' So, is everything ready for tonight?\\
'''Kronk:''' Oh, yeah. [[AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering I thought we'd start off with soup and a light salad, and then see how we feel after that.]]\\
'''Yzma:''' Not the dinner. You know...\\
'''Kronk:''' Oh, right. The poison. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The poison for Kuzco, the poison chosen especially to kill Kuzco, Kuzco's poison.]] [[CaptainObvious That poison?]]\\
'''Yzma:''' Yes! That poison.\\
'''Kronk:''' Got you covered.\\
'''Yzma:''' Excellent. A few drops in his drink, and then I'll propose a toast, and he will be dead before dessert.\\
'''Kronk:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Which is a real shame, because it's gonna be delicious.]]
** Kronk's cooking is apparently good enough to warrant the lack of focus, since he even convinced Yzma that they should wait until after coffee and dessert before dumping Kuzco.
* AwardBaitSong: Perhaps the most traditional aspect of the film is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAUZtWQf9kQ "My Funny Friend and Me"]], sung by Sting over the end credits.
* BalefulPolymorph: The Emperor's transformation into a llama is the result of Kronk bumbling Yzma's attempt to assassinate him, mistaking a transformation potion with the intended poison. Later, chaos ensues during the finale when they acquire the ''rest'' of Yzma's transformation potions, and [[spoiler: Yzma herself never fully recovers from being turned into a cat]].
* BambooTechnology: Yzma's secret lab.
* BatScare: Kuzco and Pacha disturb a flock of bats when trying to save themselves from falling off a cliff. Fortunately, they ultimately return them back to higher ground.
* BerserkButton: Seriously. DON'T THROW OFF KUZCO'S GROOVE!
* BetterThanABareBulb: The movie runs almost entirely on RuleOfFunny and LampshadeHanging.
* BeYourself: Completely deconstructed ([[PlayingAgainstType in a Disney movie no less]]). Kuzco's selfish JerkAss personality is exactly what makes him unloved by pretty much everybody. He suffers heavy consequences for it, ending up abandoned and alone in the middle of the jungle, which leaves him at the edge of the DespairEventHorizon. He realizes he can't continue to behave this way or he'll live as a lonely llama the rest of his life. It gives him enough sense to [[CharacterDevelopment start acting like a decent man and asking Pacha for forgiveness]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: This film basically demolishes the fourth wall with a truckload of dynamite, then reconstructs it behind the audience.
** In the second act, Kuzco-as-narrator appears on-screen to complain about the plot focusing on Pacha, then proceeds to DRAW on the fourth wall. From the audience's side of it.
** During his HeelRealization, in-movie Kuzco actually argues with Narrator Kuzco, who is still self-centered. The madness must be seen to be believed.
** Towards the film's climax, Kuzco & Pacha race against Yzma & Kronk to reach the palace first. The movie shows the audience a map of Team Kuzco's and Team Yzma's paths, represented by red dashes and purple arrows respectively. At one point, when Team Kuzco is ahead, the film cuts to Yzma... and she realizes that there is a line of red dashes on the ground ahead of them. Then she looks back and sees that Kronk is inexplicably leaving behind a trail of purple arrows next to the dashes. [[ShrugTake They shrug at each other and keep running.]]
** The above scene ends with a sudden thunderstorm knocking the purple arrow line down into a ravine. Yet when Kuzco and Pacha arrive at the palace, Yzma and Kronk are waiting for them.
---> '''Kuzco''': No! It can't be! How did you get back here before us?\\
'''Yzma''': Ah...uh, how ''did'' we, Kronk?\\
'''Kronk''': Well, ya got me. ''[pulls down the map with the dashes and arrows]'' By all accounts, it doesn't make sense.
*** More explicit in the Italian dub. Kronk just says that the writers are still figuring it out.
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: One of the turning points of Kuzco's CharacterDevelopment.
* BrickJoke:
-->'''Yzma''': Why do we even ''have'' that lever?\\
''[3/4 the movie's running time later]''\\
'''Kuzco''': Okay, why does she even ''have'' that lever?
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Kronk and Yzma in the closet, {{lampshaded}} in the DVD commentary.
* ByWallThatIsHoley: In the scene where Kronk slices the rope holding the chandelier over Yzma.
* TheCaligula:
** Kuzco is a milder version, but he ''does'' have an elderly man [[DestinationDefenestration defenestrated]] for the crime of "throwing off the emperor's groove".
** Yzma also 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!''
* CampStraight: Kuzco is an example of this. (As mentioned above, however, he may be asexual; he just never shows interest in men.)
* CantYouReadTheSign: "No Llamas."
* CapsLockNumLockMissilesLock: Yzma's lair has two identical levers, one of which triggers a trap, and another which activates a mechanism for getting around the lair. This later became a running gag in ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool''.
* CarnivoreConfusion: A ShoutOut to ''TheFly''.
* CasualDangerDialogue: See InevitableWaterfall below.
* TheCatCameBack: Yzma and Kronk's inexplicable and speedy return to the lab. Heavily lampshaded, in that even ''they'' didn't know how they did it. They even show a map of their route, which goes down a canyon and never reappears.
* CatchPhrase: [[HatesBeingTouched "No touchy!"]]
** Also "Boom, baby!"
** "It's brilliant, ''brilliant'', ''BRILLIANT''!"
* CatsAreMean: When they're [[spoiler:Yzma]], anyway.
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Kuzco the narrator keeps the characterization he had at the beginning of the movie: shallow and self-absorbed. This is contrasted with Kuzco the llama, who grows to realize what a jerk he's been, eventually resulting a scene where the llama calls out the narrator on his attitude.
* ChekhovsGun: "You know, in my defense, your potions all look the same. You might wanna think about re-labeling some of them."
* ChekhovsSkill: CLEARLY the bridge scene was going to be just for the laughs... OH WAIT CLIMAX.
** Kronk's [[SpeaksFluentAnimal talking to squirrels.]]
* ChewbaccaDefense: Courtesy of Kronk's shoulder devil. It works better on the ''angel'' than on Kronk, who just gets confused.
* CirclingBirdies: Kuzco sees llamas after Chicha whacks him with a frying pan.
-->"[[NonSequiturThud You have a lovely wife! Both very pretty!]]"
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: Actually a coincidental intentional disguise, leading to Yzma replacing a pinata at a children's party.
* ComfortingComforter: Pacha with Kuzco.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: "''[[LargeHam THE PEASANT! AT THE DINER!]]'' ... he didn't pay his check."
* ComplexityAddiction / CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Yzma's orginal plan for Kuzco.
-->'''Yzma:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cx7jzq2Bx4 Ooh, I know]]. I'll turn him into a flea, [[BalefulPolymorph a harmless little flea]]. And then I'll put that flea in a box, and then I'll put that box inside of another box, and then I'll mail that box to myself. And when it arrives, [[EvilLaugh AH HA HA HA]], ''[[DropTheHammer I'LL SMASH IT WITH A HAMMER]]!''
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: Played straight with Pacha, later subverted with Kuzco; see WasItAllALie below.
* ContrivedClumsiness: As Kuzco and Pacha try to get the potion that will turn Kuzco human, Yzma knocks over the other potions so they can't tell which is which, saying "Oops, clumsy me!" as she does.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: [[spoiler:In the end, Yzma's stuck as a kitten and has to participate in Kronk's Junior Chipmunks group, complete with uniform, [[SarcasmMode the horror!]]]]
* CucumberFacial
* CueTheRain: Llama-Kuzco gets hit with a sudden downpour when he's alone and abandoned in the jungle.
* CuteKitten: [[spoiler:Yzma at the end.]]
* CutSong: Just about ''every'' song was cut from the movie, except for one, with another played over the end credits. They're still on the soundtrack, though. There's a whole documentary, [[http://vimeo.com/39111006 ''The Sweatbox'']], about the film's troubled production (see TroubledProduction below) which puts a great deal of focus on these songs (which were written by {{Sting}}).
** The most notable of which was Yzma's VillainSong, "Snuff Out the Light", which, while a fantastic song, was actually a necessary cut, because the plot of the movie changed and made the motivation and ultimate goal described by the song irrelevant.
* DeadpanSnarker: Kuzco and Kronk.
--> '''Kuzco''': Y'know, it's a good thing you're not a big fat guy or this would be '''really''' difficult! [''All while pushing Pacha up a cliff.'']
* DeathAsComedy: "C'mon men! Nobody lives forever!" - Guards drop down the hole to their deaths. (Although see DisneyVillainDeath below...)
* DestinationDefenestration: The punishment for MusicalisInterruptus.
* DeusExMachina:
** Hilariously lampshaded:
---> '''Kronk:''' Wow...what are the ''odds'' that trapdoor would lead me out here?
** There's another even more blatant example shortly before that one, when [[spoiler: Yzma (and the human-potion) are falling to their doom]]; see DisneyVillainDeath right below.
** As mentioned in BreakingTheFourthWall, [[LampshadeHanging Kronk and Yzma have no idea on how they get to the palace before Kuzco and Pacha.]]
* DevelopmentGag: The candle-holder in the dinner-scene depicts a character who got cut in the movie's overhaul.
* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: Yzma and Kronk do this when the latter is forced to mix all the drinks together after losing track of which one has the potion in it.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Essentially the entire movie, without even having musical numbers, but see particularly the chase sequence near the end of the film.
** The rollercoaster scene to get to the "secret" lab is also somewhat acidic, though the effect is for comedy rather than confusion.
* DisneyDeath: The old man who threw off Kuzco's groove and suffered a DestinationDefenestration out of a high window is later revealed to have survived by getting tangled up in a banner. The palace guards who suffer a similar fall in a later scene [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse may or may not]] have been so lucky.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Wonderfully subverted:
--> '''Palace Guard:''' For the last time, we did ''not'' order a giant trampoline!\\
'''Delivery-man:''' Ya know, pal, you could've told me that before I set it up.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Done hilariously, where an elderly man accidentally bumps into the Emperor during his song number:
--> '''Kuzco''': Doh! You threw off my groove!
--> '''Guard''': I'm sorry, but you've thrown off the Emperor's groove.
--> ''[Cut to the man being chucked [[DestinationDefenestration out a window]]]''
--> '''Old Man''': [=SOOOOOOOORRRRYYYYYYYYYyyy=]!
* DIYDisaster: Subverted/played for laughs when Kronk pulls the lever that was supposed to take him and Yzma to the "secret lab," but instead opens a trap door that causes Yzma to fall into a crocodile-filled moat. It's subverted when you consider the fact that that particular lever really is supposed to do that.
** Although why they have it is a mystery.
* TheDogBitesBack: After putting up with all of her abuse, Kronk finally turns against Yzma when she claims to have never liked his spinach puffs. Or at least, he ''tries'' to.
* DoIReallySoundLikeThat: [[spoiler:Yzma, after becoming a kitten and finding her voice is much higher and squeakier: "Is that my voice? Is that... ''MY'' voice?!"]]
** Rumor has it that that was [[ThrowItIn an outtake that got animated]]. Certainly fits with the rest of the movie!
* DolledUpInstallment: Some unused elements from the original concept for the film (''Kingdom of The Sun''), such as the llama-herder LoveInterest, Malina and Yzma wanting to regain her youthful looks, were revived for the [[WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool TV series]].
** This basic conception of an old woman wanting to gain back her youthful looks was later reused with Mother Gothel, chief villainess of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. The Kingdom of Corona in that film, even has the sun as its symbol, thus making it a ''[[ShoutOut Kingdom of the Sun]]''!
* DontExplainTheJoke: See Ironic Echo below.
* DoorJudo
* DramaticGunCock: See EvenEvilHasStandards below.
* DumbMuscle: Kronk; somewhat subverted in that [[GeniusDitz in certain narrow areas he displays razor-sharp competence.]]
* {{Egopolis}}: Kuzco is also planning to build a place named Kuzcotopia.
* TheElevatorFromIpanema: Actually a dining room, but close enough.
* TheEmperor: Obviously.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Hilariously played with in the case of Kronk's Shoulder Devil, when Yzma reveals that not only does she hold the lowest opinion of Kronk possible, but also that [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking she never liked his spinach puffs!]] ''NEVER!''
-->'''Shoulder Devil''': That's it! ''[[[DramaticGunCock cocks trident like shotgun]]]'' She's going down!
* EverybodyKnewAlready: "Yzma's got that 'secret' lab."
* EverythingsBetterWithLlamas: Goes without saying.
* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Bucky.
* EvilChancellor: Yzma.
* EvilGloating: Both Yzma and Kuzco do this. [[VillainBall Kuzco turns back into danger to gloat after he leaves Pacha to die,]] and karmically falls into the same peril. Yzma does it more effectively much later, but Kronk ruins the moment by lampshading it.
* EvilPlan: See CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon above.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Subverted when Yzma makes her final transformation. An ominous smoke appears and she starts laughing evilly in a deep, booming bass, but once the smoke clears, she's [[spoiler: a tiny kitty with a squeaky voice]].
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Yzma.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: {{Subverted}}:
-->'''Kronk''': Strange, that usually works.
* FanDisservice: Yzma, until [[spoiler:she gets turned into an absolutely adorable little kitty]]. This is, naturally, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]:
-->'''Yzma:''' Then I bet you weren't expecting ''this!''\\
''[hikes up her skirt]''\\
'''Pacha:''' GAAAAH!\\
'''Kuzco''' ACK! NOOOO!\\
'''Yzma:''' Ah-HA! ''[pulls out a dagger]''\\
'''Pacha:''': ''Phew.''\\
'''Kuzco''': Oh, okay.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Apparently, Kuzco and Pacha would rather be stabbed to death than witness Yzma strip.
* ForeignQueasine: Steamed giant pillbug. Smack it with a straw to uncurl it, use the straw to eat/drink its guts.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Kuzco is within inches of getting the vial that will turn him back into a human, but Pacha is slowly losing his grip on the edge of the palace wall at the same time. At the very last second, Kuzco runs over and grabs Pacha's hand, and the vial falls off the wall.
** [[spoiler: But it's {{subverted}} when not two minutes later, they use their ChekhovsSkill and ThePowerOfFriendship to get it back.]]
* FryingPanOfDoom: Chicha uses one on Kuzco when he startles her.
* TheFunInFuneral: "Well, he ain't gettin' any deader! Back to work!"
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** During the dinner scene, there's a small potted cactus. Yzma ditches her llama-transformation drink into it... [[EverythingsBetterWithLlamas Guess what it looks like in a later shot?]]
** In one scene, Kronk is talking to himself while, in the background, Yzma is being chased across the screen several times by a swarm of bees.
** After Kuzco insults his prospective brides and turns back to the matchmaker, you can see one of them getting angry and moving to hit him, but another bride holds her back.
* GeniusDitz: Kronk again. 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 both [[SpeaksFluentAnimal squirrel]] and HashHouseLingo.
* GenreSavvy: Kuzco manages at least one moment of this; see InevitableWaterfall below.
* GentleGiant: Kronk.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** This very, ''very'' awkward conversation:
--->'''Kuzco''': So... Kronk seems, uh, nice.\\
'''Yzma''': Oh, he, um, he is.\\
'''Kuzco''': ...He's, what, in his... late twenties...?
** Kuzco is a llama ''and'' dressed as a woman:
--->'''Pacha''': We're on our honeymoon.\\
'''Mudka's Meat Hut Waitress''': Bless you for coming out in public.
** Shortly afterwards, Kuzco heads to the kitchen on all fours, his hips swaying a good deal. Another restaurant patron watches "her" go, then leers and gives Pacha a thumbs-up.
** And in the Norwegian version of the movie, they didn't bother with subtlety and the dialogue goes (directly translated) like this:
--->'''Pacha''': We're on our honeymoon!\\
'''Kuzco''': ''[girlish giggle]''\\
'''Waitress''': Brave of you to come out of the closet.
** See above under FanDisservice.
** Yzma's cut VillainSong includes the following line, not at all helped by Eartha Kitt's delivery:
-->[[EldritchAbomination Supai]] baby ''turn me on...''
* GoodAngelBadAngel: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] by Kronk, whose angels are just as dim as he is.
* GoshHornet: While in the jungle, Yzma gets chased back and forth by angry SynchronizedSwarming bees.
* GreasySpoon: Mudka's Meat Hut, complete with [[HashHouseLingo incomprehensible order lingo]] and an expy of the Big Boy statue outside.
* GrossUpCloseUp:
** Yzma's scary enough at a distance...
--->''[As the camera pans over Yzma's face]''\\
'''Kuzco:''' Whoa! Look at those wrinkles. What is holding this woman together? What the!? ''[sees a piece of spinach in Yzma's teeth]'' How long has ''that'' been there?
** The scene which shows Kuzco attempting to eat grass like the other llamas could give JohnKricfalusi a run for his money.
* HandWave: Wonderfully subverted near the end of the movie, where a handwave is ''directly asked for'' and the reply is: "Well, ya got me. By all accounts, it doesn't make sense," complete with handy chart showing ''how'' it doesn't make sense. Everyone immediately stops worrying about it.
* HappilyMarried: Pacha and Chicha
* HappyBirthdayToYou
* HashHouseLingo: [[HiddenDepths Somehow, Kronk gets it right away]].
* HatesBeingTouched: Kuzco, at least at first.
* HeelFaceTurn: Kronk, [[MinionWithAnFInEvil not that it required a very big step]].
** A bigger, if less obvious example, would be Kuzco himself. Bear in mind that at the beginning of the film he plans to bulldoze an entire village for his own profit, and later leaves Pacha to die (after admitting he was planning on locking him up anyway.)
* HowWeGotHere: The film begins with a sad llama sitting all alone in the middle of a rainstorm. The voiceover informs us this llama once was a powerful emperor. The first half of the movie focuses on how he got there.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Pacha and his wife Chicha, Kronk and Yzma.
* HumiliationConga: After the DoorJudo sequence.
** The entire movie can be seen as one for Kuzco.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms:
** In the beginning of the movie, when Kuzco gets rid of Yzma.
--->'''Yzma''': What do you mean, "fired"?\\
'''Kuzco''': Um, how else can I say it? "You're being let go." "Your department's being downsized." "You're part of an outplacement." "We're going in a different direction." "We're not picking up your option." Take your pick.
** Then turned back on him when.. well, see IronicEcho below.
* ILied: Pacha agrees to take Kuzco back to his palace if he agrees not to build Kuzcotopia on his village, which he agrees to. They even shake hands on it. But when Pacha gets stuck in the ropes of a suspension bridge, Kuzco refuses to help him and announces that he still plans to build Kuzcotopia when he gets back to the palace.
-->'''Pacha:''' So all of it was a ''lie''?\\
'''Kuzco:''' Well, yeah! Wait. ''(looks up in thought for a moment)'' Yeah, it all was a lie.
** This leads to LoopholeAbuse (see below).
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Yzma and Kronk. Well, Yzma may not be so sympathetic, but she is pretty ineffectual.
* InevitableWaterfall: With a nice GenreSavvy LampshadeHanging. Also a prime example of CasualDangerDialogue and ThisIsGonnaSuck.
-->'''Pacha''': Uh oh.\\
'''Kuzco''': Don't tell me. We're about to go over a huge waterfall.\\
'''Pacha''': Yup.\\
'''Kuzco''': Sharp rocks at the bottom?\\
'''Pacha''': Most likely.\\
'''Kuzco''': ... [[BringIt Bring it on.]]
* InkSuitActor: Most of the cast, although Eartha Kitt, ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS02GeKuWQ4 despite her best efforts]]), was not scary beyond all reason. Apparently Disney was worried that this trope would offend Eartha Kitt, seeing as how Yzma is... less than appealing. Fortunately, Kitt loved the character.
* InsistentTerminology:
** "We've been through this... It's a HARP. and you know it."
** "That's a harp... and that's a dress." "''ROBE.''"
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Kuzco and Pacha.
* IronicEcho: Several examples: "Nobody's ''that'' heartless!" "...why do we even ''have'' [[InventionalWisdom that lever?]]" "...scary beyond all reason?" "You're being let go.." with the last example receiving a LampshadeHanging from [[CaptainObvious Kronk]]:
-->'''Kuzco''': Okay, I admit it. Maybe I wasn't as nice as I should have been. But Yzma, you really wanna kill me?!\\
'''Yzma''': Just think of it as...you're being let go. That your life's going in a different direction. That your body is part of a permanent outplacement.\\
'''Kronk''': [[DontExplainTheJoke Hey, that's kinda like what he said to you when you got fired.]]\\
'''Yzma''': I know. It's called a "cruel irony". Like my dependence on ''you''.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Kuzco, of course. A movie poster featuring him and the trope title word-for-word is the current page image for this trope.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Implied about Yzma in this film. In ''Kingdom In The Sun'', it was an actual plot point that had to do with her back-story and villain motive.
* {{Jerkass}}: Kuzco starts out as one of these...
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: ...and develops into one of these.
*** Prior to his character development however, he pulls a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk moment on Pacha, making him believe he's had a change of heart and decided to build his vacation place elsewhere, only to come out and tell Pacha (on the worst possible timing for the latter) that he was lying in order for him to take him home.
* KissOfLife: Directly called as much by Kuzco.
* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy:
--> '''Chicha''': So, remind me again how you're related to Pacha?\\
'''Yzma''': Why, I'm his third cousin's brother's wife's step-niece's great aunt. ''[beat]'' Twice removed.
* LampshadeHanging:
** A good chunk of the dialogue, taken from various points of the film. As noted above, see Inevitable Waterfall for a particularly fine example.
** The video game is highly prone to doing this as well. In one cutscene, Pacha points out how five levels cover a twenty second scene from the movie ("This scene was a lot shorter in the film"), and Kuzco points out that using bananas to regain health is "such an obvious plot device". Other memorable moments include Kuzco saying that Yzma will be back after a boss due to having seen the script, saying that she's a terrible end of level boss, and Tipo not being able to find his Jump Button.
---> '''Kuzco''': Kid, ''how'' do you know all this?\\
'''Chaca''': I don't know! Beats me!
* LargeHam: While this trope is typical of most Disney villains, Yzma is in a class all to herself. Naturally, this is due to being voiced by the late, great Eartha Kitt.
-->'''Yzma:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cx7jzq2Bx4 I'LL SMASH IT WITH A HAMMA!!!]]
* LeanAndMean: Yzma is the most extreme example of this in Disney's animated history.
* {{Leitmotif}}: In several places.
** Yzma's is the most noticeable, as it doubles as the main theme of the movie.
** Pacha has a theme that's also pretty noticeable, as it plays prominently in both his entrance and the scene where he returns to his family for the first time.
** Kronk's leitmotif is abit more sublte, but the theme that plays when Kronk is sleeping in his tent, recurs in some of his other scenes.
** Ironically, Kuzco, despite the movie [[CatchPhrase being all about him]], doesn't appear to have one: he does have a kick-ass theme, but it doesn't recur.
* LemonyNarrator: Kuzco, for the first half of the movie. Eventually his onscreen self ''tells his narrator self to shut up'', and the rest of the movie has no narration.
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: It's not a dress, it's a ''robe''.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: As noted above.
* LoopholeAbuse: Used to justify Kuzco [[ILied lying about his going back on his promise not to build Kuzcotopia where Pacha's village once was]].
-->'''Pacha:''' WE SHOOK HANDS ON IT!\\
'''Kuzco:''' Y'know, the funny thing about shaking hands is... ''you need hands!''
** In the end [[spoiler: after Kuzco changes back, he claims he was being literal about wanting a "hill that sings" in order to have an excuse not to build Kuzcotopia on top of Pacha's property.]]
* MadScientist: Yzma.
* MagicAntidote
* MatchCut: Done with Kuzco's real head cutting to a stone bust about to be smashed by Yzma, and Kronk's block-like torso matching some architecture.
* {{Mayincatec}}: The visual designers had a lot of fun with a fantasy Pre-Columbian South America look. Aside from Kuzco's name (Cuzco was capital of the Incan Empire), the relationship with history is understandably remote.
** Pacha's name comes from Pacha Camac ("Earth-maker"), an Incan creator god.
** Whereas "Yzma" seems to be taken from Izmachi, an ancient Mayan city.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Come on, nobody's ''that'' heartless!" First uttered by Pacha when Kuzco says he's still going to demolish Pacha's village after Pacha helps him. Later said by Kuzco when Pacha points out he could have let him fall to his death.
* MeaningfulName: Kuzco means "the center of the world"
** UnfortunateName: In the ancient Peruvian language called Quechua, Yzma means "Shit".
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Kronk, of course.
-->'''Kronk:''' My spinach puffs!
* MinorInsultMeltdown
--> '''Yzma''': Kronk! ''Why'' did I think you could do this? This ''one'' simple thing... It's like I'm talking to a monkey...\\
'''Kronk [[GoodAngelBadAngel Good Angel]]''': Whoa now.\\
'''Yzma''': A really. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Big. Stupid. Monkey. Named. Kronk]].\\
'''Kronk [[GoodAngelBadAngel Evil Angel]]''': Ouch.\\
'''Yzma''': [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And do you want to know something else]]!? I never liked your [[TrademarkFavoriteFood spinach puffs]]!\\
'''All Kronks''': ''[gasp]''\\
'''Yzma''': ''[[BigNever Never!]]''\\
'''Kronk''': ''[begins crying]''\\
'''Evil Angel''': That's it ([[DramaticGunCock cocks trident]]) she's going ''down!''
* MissedHimByThatMuch: Kuzco and Yzma in the diner.
* MistakenForOwnMurderer: Invoked by Yzma, who tells the guards that Pacha and Llama!Kuzco "murdered the emperor."
* MobstacleCourse: This is how Kronk loses the bag holding the unconscious Kuzco.
* MorphicResonance: Kuzco the red and black llama, and Yzma the purplish [[spoiler:kitten.]]
** "Kuzco-the-everything-else" when he tries several ''other'' potions near the end...
* MundaneMadeAwesome
-->'''Yzma:''' Our moment of triumph approaches! [[EvilLaugh AHAHAHAHAHAHA!]] It's...''dinnertime!'' *DramaticThunder*
* MurderByInaction: As Kuzco and Pacha cross a rickety old bridge on their way to the palace, Pacha falls through and ends up tangled up in the ropes. Rather than help him up, Kuzco leaves him there, saying that it's better than imprisoning him in a dungeon as per his original plan. This backfires immediately when he too falls, forcing the two of them to work together to save themselves.
* MusicalisInterruptus: Don't throw off Kuzco's groove.
-->'''Guard:''' I'm sorry, but you've thrown off the Emperor's groove.
** [[DestinationDefenestration "SOOOOORRY!"]]
* NiceHat: Yzma wears nine or ten different hats, wigs and headdresses throughout the film. Several of them defy gravity.
* NoFourthWall: So much medium awareness and lampshade hanging, too.
* NoisyNature: Squirrels don't squeak, they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sq3x5bBRUE bark]].
* NonindicativeName: Apart from being about a foolish and materialistic emperor, this movie has very little to do with The Emperor's New Clothes.
* NoOSHACompliance: The lever that flips you into Yzma's secret lab is right next to a lever opening a trapdoor to a crocodile pit. [[LampshadeHanging Even Yzma wonders why the second lever is there]].
* NotSoDifferent: From what we see of them both in the beginning of the film, rule under Yzma would be the same as rule under Kuzco--they're both thoroughly self-centered people who care little for others and their well-being. Yzma is what Kuzco is poised to become--him plus a century or two (or three). Kuzco learns to become a better person, while Yzma doesn't bother. The characters never explicitly call this out, but the film does noticeably lampshade it, just like everything else.
--> '''Yzma:''' ''[after being fired]'' How could he do this to me? Why, I practically raised him!\\
'''Kronk:''' Yeah, you think he would've turned out better.\\
''[{{beat}}]''\\
'''Yzma:''' Yeah... go figure...
* NumberTwoForBrains: Kronk is one dim dragon.
* OffScreenTeleportation: Tipo and Chaca do this when tarring and feathering Yzma.
** Lampshaded with Kronk and Yzma
-->'''Kuzco:''' NO! It can't be! [[PlotHole How did you get back here before us?!]]\\
'''Yzma:''' ...um, how did we, Kronk?\\
'''Kronk:''' [[RuleOfFunny Well, you got me.]] [[LampshadeHanging By all accounts, it doesn't make sense.]]
* OneWingedAngel: Subverted.
* OptOut: "Hey, I've been turned into a cow. Can I go home?" "You're excused. Anyone else?" "[[RuleOfFunny No, no, we're good.]]"
* OverlyLongGag:
--> '''Tipo:''' ''[to Yzma]'' I don't believe you're really my great-aunt. You're more like my great-great-great-\\
''[cut to another scene, then later back to Tipo and Yzma]''\\
'''Tipo:''' -great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-\\
'''Yzma:''' Grr! All right! Are you through?\\
'''Tipo:''' ...great-great aunt.
* ParentalAbandonment: No mention whatsoever is ever made to Kuzco's parents, presumably the previous rulers of the empire. Yzma says at one point that she "practically raised him", so it's easy to see where he got his mean streak from.
* PersonalRainCloud: With lightning, as the plot requires!
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Patrick Warburton as Kronk and Eartha Kitt as Yzma. Incidentally, this was ''before'' Patrick Warburton was pigeonholed in voice acting -- in fact, this movie probably ''caused'' it.
** Incidentally, this is used as a subtle joke: Yzma's "OneWingedAngel" form is in particular [[spoiler:a kitten]] possibly because Eartha Kitt had previously played [[spoiler:''Catwoman'' on Creator/AdamWest's version of ''Series/{{Batman}}''.]] She becomes an even more literal [[spoiler: Catwoman]] in the sequel.
** Turns out this seemingly unnatural role was perfect for Warburton as this movie launched a long and successful voice acting career.
* PimpedOutDress: All of Yzma's outfits.
* PlotHole: Kronk and Yzma fall into a literal one -- see HandWave, above.
* PlummetPerspective: In both the bridge-scene and the climax.
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: Note what happens to the cactus that Yzma dumps her dose on...
* PoliticiansKissBabies: Kuzco is presented with three babies to kiss in the opening. He simply stamps them with a kiss mark stamper.
* PopStarComposer: Originally, had a whole bunch of songs by Sting, but... well, see CutSong above.
* PregnantBadass: Yes, in a Disney animated film.
* PrideBeforeAFall: Kuzco.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Like everything else in the movie, done as a joke as Pacha's children have horrible visions of his fate.
* PunchClockVillain: Kronk.
* PuppyDogEyes: Pacha's children unsuccessfully deploy these at one point.
* PurelyAestheticEra
* ReactiveContinuousScream: "Demon llama!"
** "DEMON LLAMA!? WHERE?!? AAAAH!"
* RealMenWearPink: Kronk and baking, arguably.
* RegentForLife: Yzma.
* RichesToRags: Happens to Kuzco at the beginning.
* RightHandHottie: Kronk, to Yzma.
* RopeBridge: Subverted in that the bridge-crossers actually fall into the chasm.
* RuleOfFunny: Seemingly the guiding principle behind the entire movie.
* RuleOfThree: Kuzco puts out Pacha's campfire three times in a row; first by spitting it out, then by shaking himself dry, and finally by throwing a blanket onto the fire.
* RunningGag: Plenty.
* SchizoTech: The roller-coaster, the "secret lab", roadside diners...
* SealedEvilInATeddyBear: Yzma is [[spoiler:transformed into a nearly harmless kitten]] near the end of the movie.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Subverted.
* ShouldHaveThoughtOfThatBeforeX: See above under TheCaligula and for a more borderline example, DisneyVillainDeath.
* ShoutOut: The movies ''TheFly'' and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', among others.
** The jaguar-chase is almost certainly a homage to the Headless Horseman scene in ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''.
* ShowSomeLeg: To quote Kuzco and Pacha: AAEEEIIII!!!
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: It's something you learn in the [[ScoutOut Junior Chipmunks]].
* SpiritualSuccessor: The [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/TeachersPet Teacher's Pet movie]], made by Disney a few years later, has a [[BetterThanABareBulb very similar sense of humor.]]
* SpoiledBrat: Kuzco.
--> "Now I feel bad. ''Bad llama.''"
* {{Squick}}: In-universe example, with the GrossUpCloseUp on Yzma's face, and later the aforementioned ShowSomeLeg scene.
* StaggeredZoom: Parodied: "Um, [[RunningGag what's with the chimp and the bug?]] Can we get back to ''me?''"
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: When Pacha and Kuzco return to Pacha's village and learn that Yzma and Kronk have gotten there before them:
--> '''Pacha:''' ''[to a pair of old men playing a board game]'' What'd they look like?\\
'''Old Man:''' Well, there was this big guy, and this older woman who was... well, ''[turns to his friend]'' how would you describe her?\\
'''Old Man's Friend:''' Ah... "[[RunningGag scary beyond all reason]]?"\\
'''Old Man:''' Yeah, that's it.
* TarAndFeathers: Yzma gets covered in honey and feathers before being used as a pinata.
* TechnicolorScience: Above and beyond, even!
* ThatPoorPlant: Two examples.
* ThisIsWhatTheBuildingWillLookLike: The "Kuzco-topia" summer home in introduced like this.
* [[ToTheBatNoun "To the secret lab!"]]
* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: Memorably lampshaded; see HandWave.
* TravelMontage: At one point the characters wonder why their feet are tracing lines across the map, but they quickly shrug it off; it's not the strangest thing that happens in this movie.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Yzma at least ''tries'' ruling the empire behind Kuzco's back. It's what causes him to fire her.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Pacha and Chi-Cha. Pacha is chubby and has a weird shaped nose, while his wife Chi-Cha is slim and pretty.
* UnfortunateItemSwap: The basis of the entire plot. Kronk mistakes the bottle of extract of llama for the bottle of poison due to faulty labeling.
* TheUnintelligible: Bucky the squirrel.
* UnreliableVoiceover: Kuzco both stars in and narrates the movie; at one point the two Kuzcos argue with each other. Also commenting on a segment where Kuzco-on-screen is unconscious.
* TheUnreveal: How exactly ''did'' Yzma and Kronk beat Kuzco and Pacha back to the palace?
* TheUnsmile
-->'''Kuzco:''' So, no hard feelings about being let go?
-->'''Yzma:''' [[BlatantLies ...None whatsoever]].
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Kuzco.
* ViewersAreMorons: Kuzco's attitude when he's the narrator.
* VillainousValor: Yzma.
* WasItAllALie: "Well, yeah! No, wait... Uh, yeah. Yeah, it all was a lie... Toodles!"
* WithCatlikeTread: Kronk "sneaking" out the palace to dispose of Kuzco.
-->'''Kuzco-as-narrator''': Ugh, he's doing his own theme music? Big, dumb, and tone-deaf. I am ''so'' glad I was unconscious for all of this.
* WorstAid: Played totally for laughs. Beware the pop-out llama tongue.
* YouHaveFailedMe: A vicious tongue-lashing as opposed to outright death.

!!''Kronk's New Groove'' provides examples of:

* AesopAmnesia: Completely averted, where Kuzco is shown to have become a much better person, but later done ''hard'' in the television show.
* BadSamaritan: Yzma's scheme.
* BornInTheTheatre: Kuzco displays the film's poster at one point.
* BrokenAesop / IgnoredAesop: Yzma's potion is fake, but it works as a placebo, making the senior citizens who consumed it ''think'' they are young, therefore ''feel'' young. However, Yzma scammed them out of extremely large amounts of money, so once Kronk reveals this they chase her down through their town. Once they realize that this is quite a feat for people their age, this ensues:
-->'''Rudy''': Hey, I just realized something. We chased Yzma all the way down here. \\
'''Other old guy''': Didn't I just cover that?\\
'''Rudy''': Don't you see? [[TotallyRadical We're busting moves like a bunch of teenagers.]]\\
'''Other old guy''': So what you're saying is, even though the potion was fake, we're only as old as we feel!\\
'''Kronk''': It's almost like you should thank Yzma for robbing you of every last cent. Wait, that can't be right.\\
'''Other old guy''': Let's get her!
* CatGirl: [[spoiler:Yzma manages to turn back into a human]], but she has a cat tail and ears. You could say she's a [[spoiler: [[ActorAllusion Cat Woman]].]]
* ClothingSwitch: Kronk and Birdie end up with this after diving in the ocean.
* DisapprovingLook: The dreaded "Nostril Flare of Total Rejection".
* FacePalm: Kronk does this at one point.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Yzma is leaning over Kronk, telling him she's got a proposition. Kronk freaks out... until she reveals it's a ''business'' proposition. What kind of proposition ''wouldn't'' he be fine with..?
** Also has brief moment where Kronk pulls down a screen to show a clip about what happened in his past... and then loud music plays when a picture of a deer with the words "Stag Pictures" shows up, and he freaks out.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Over a shot of Yzma's EvilGloating]:
-->'''Kuzco''': So, I bet you saw that coming, didn't you? Well, I bet you didn't see ''this'' coming!\\
''[Extreme closeup of Yzma's armpit hairs]''\\
'''Kuzco''': ''Aaigh!'' I'll be seeing that in my [[NightmareFuel nightmares]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Yzma's potion-drinking attempt.
* MrsRobinson: Kronk thinks that Yzma is trying this, to his disgust.
* OneWingedAngel: Parodied at the end when Yzma downs one of her own potions. [[spoiler: She turns into a bunny rabbit, and is promptly snatched away by a condor.]]
* ShoutOut: Rudy snatches a bottle of [[AllNaturalSnakeOil youth potion]] and says:
--->[[LordOfTheRings My preciooouusssss...precious wants to keep it...we must not let him...]]
* SpaghettiKiss: Parodied between Kronk and Birdie.
* VisualInnuendo: Done during the bread-baking scene.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Kronk and his father.
* YouCantHandleTheParody: Kronk can't, at least.

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