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[[caption-width-right:250:[[Music/TomJones WHAT'S HIS NAAAMMMME!?]]]]

->'''Yzma''': What?! A ''llama?!'' He's supposed to be ''dead!''\\
'''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 trawled 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 (and we do mean ''loosely!'') inspired by the Creator/HansChristianAndersen story ''Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes'', about a spoiled and vain emperor who mistreats his people for his own selfish enjoyment. The film was directed by Mark Dindal, whose previous work, ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'', shares much of the same breakneck humor as ''Groove''.

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 fires his very ''very'' old adviser Yzma (Eartha Kitt) from her high-profile job, prompting her and her dimwitted but affable lackey Kronk (Creator/PatrickWarburton) to assassinate him. The plan misfires, and Kuzco is instead accidentally turned into a llama. He's forced to team up with burly and good-hearted peasant Pacha (Creator/JohnGoodman) 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, and has only two significant songs (both written by Music/{{Sting}} after the other 90% of his soundtrack was discarded, and one of which is performed by Music/TomJones), while 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.

It was released on December 15, 2000 and was a holiday blockbuster, though it was beaten out by Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas.

It eventually spawned [[VideoGame/TheEmperorsNewGroove a licensed video game]]. A direct-to-video sequel, ''Kronk's New Groove'' , was released on December 13, 2005. and then a [[WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool TV series]], which ran from January 27, 2006 to November 20, 2008. The film and the production behind it is the subject of the infamous documentary ''Film/TheSweatbox''.

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


* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Really, no one is broken up when Kuzco disappears. Lampshaded when Yzma and Kronk pass by Kuzco unknowingly and mention that nobody really seems to ''care'' that he's gone and Yzma has taken his place.
* AccidentalHug: Kuzco and Pacha do this in relief, then quickly break apart.
* AffablyEvil: Kronk, being a GentleGiant and having great social skills.
* AffectionateParody: Of both the studio's more standard animated films and epic fairy tales.
* AirQuotes: Kuzco manages to do this with his hooves after being turned into a llama.
--> '''Kuzco:''' Okay, I've got to get back to the palace. Yzma's got that.. "secret lab"... I'll just snap my fingers and order her to change me back!
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: The crocodiles 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. Her face also turns ''bright red'' when she gets angry.
* 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-Columbian Andes?). Most of it can be chalked up to RuleOfFunny.
** Kuzco's South American empire has wheeled carts. In real life, wheels, while not unknown, were not used by South American indigenous peoples, due to a lack of useful draft animals and the mountainous terrain. 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.
** What was a giant trampoline doing there?
** Kuzco's "theme song guy" looks like an Elvis impersonator, complete with sunglasses and a microphone.
* 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.
** And when [[spoiler:Kitten Yzma]] enters the picture, she can go in a blink from adorable fuzzball to MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily.
* AnimalMotifs: Due to their respective transformations, Kuzco and Yzma are associated with llamas and [[spoiler:cats]] respectively. In Yzma's case, it also doubles as an ActorAllusion.
* {{Animorphism}}: Since Kuzco is turned into a llama in appearance, he has a lot of human characteristics. He finds it almost impossible to walk on two legs, though.
* 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. In some ways he's even nicer than [[NiceGuy Pacha]], having a kind of sweet naivete.
* 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.
* AssPull: Yzma and Kronk getting to the lab before Pacha and Kuzco, especially after being hit with lightning and falling into a ravine. Like everything else this is invoked, complete with handy pull-down chart.
-->'''Kuzco:''' No! It can't be: how did you get back here before us?!
-->'''Ymza:''' I-- ...Eh, how ''did'' we, Kronk?
-->'''Kronk:''' Well, ya got me: by all accounts, it doesn't make sense.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny:
** 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:''' ''(as Yzma is being chased by bees)'' Oh, look. A golden-throated small-winged warbler. Just one more for exotic bird bingo. I am loving this.
** The film itself at times.
--->'''Kuzco:''' Uh, what's with the chimp and the bug?! Can we get back to ''me'' now?
* 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.
* 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]].
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Mostly averted. For most of the film, Pacha's kindness is taken for granted by Kuzco.
* BecomingTheMask: Kronk. You put him in the role of a short order cook, he's a ''short order cook'', dammit! Of course, that's only due to him being quite a skilled cook to begin with though.
* BeeAfraid: While in the jungle, Yzma gets chased back and forth by angry SynchronizedSwarming bees.
* BerserkButton:
** Kronk is a willing toadie for all of Yzma's abuse... until she insults his cooking. Both his shoulder angel ''and'' devil agree: she's got to go.
* BetrayalByInaction: While helping Kuzco back to the palace, Pacha falls through a bridge and lays dangling and calling for help. Rather than helping him up, Kuzco decides to leave him there and continue on; he was going to betray Pacha anyway and lock him in a dungeon, and this seemed easier. Unfortunately for Kuzco, he falls through moments later, leaving him in the same predicament, and the two are forced to work together to save themselves. It becomes funnier when you realize that Kuzco was all the way across the bridge, but [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat he came back to taunt him]], [[TooDumbToLive causing him to suffer the same fate.]]
* BetterThanABareBulb: The movie runs almost entirely on RuleOfFunny and LampshadeHanging.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Invoked by Kuzco.
-->'''Kuzco:''' What's with the chimp and the bug?! Can we get back to ''me''?!
* BookEnds: The opening musical number ends with Kuzco's infamous "Boom, baby!" as he goes to meet his marriage candidates. The musical number that ends the movie has it begin with Kuzco and Pacha "Boom, baby!" before they spend some time having fun.
* 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 pauses the film and appears on-screen to complain about the plot focusing on Pacha, then proceeds to DRAW on the fourth wall with a marker. From the audience's side of it.
** During his HeelRealization, in-movie Kuzco gets into an argument with narrator Kuzco, who's still self-centered. The madness must be seen to be believed.
** Towards the film's climax, Kuzco and Pacha race against Yzma and Kronk to reach the palace first. The movie shows the audience [[TravelMontage 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 scene ends with a sudden very localized thunderstorm knocking the purple arrow line down into a ravine. Yet when Kuzco and Pacha arrive at the mountaintop 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 [[TravelMontage the same map]] the audience was just looking at]'' By all accounts, it doesn't make sense.
*** More explicit in the Italian and Spanish dubs. In the former, Kronk just says that the writers are still figuring it out; in the latter, he says it could be "movie stuff".
* BreakoutCharacter: Kronk received his own spin-off film.
* 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 [[ShouldHaveThoughtOfThatBeforeX should have thought of that before]] you became ''peasants!''
* CallBack: At the conclusion, [[spoiler:Kuzco calls out Pacha, saying the mountains don't sing. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial That's definitely the reason he won't be building his waterpark there.]]]]
* CallForward: Subtle one, but it's there. It's actually the very first scene in the movie, though Narrator Kuzco didn't admit it at the time.
-->'''Pacha:''' You know, someday you're gonna wind up all alone. And you know what? You'll have no one to blame but yourself.
* CampStraight: Kuzco is an example of this.
* CantYouReadTheSign: "No Llamas."
* CapsLockNumLockMissilesLock: Yzma's lair has two identical levers, one of which triggers a trap, and another which forcibly flips the puller inside. This later became a running gag in ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool''.
* CarnivoreConfusion: A ShoutOut to ''Film/TheFly1958'', in which a talking fly is eaten by a spider. ("Help me! Help meee! Too late.") It should be noted, however, that the spider doesn't say anything.
* CassandraTruth: Pacha tries to warn Kuzco that Yzma and Kronk are trying to kill him, but Kuzco, convinced that Yzma is loyal, doesn't believe Pacha and falls out with him, believing Pacha's claim to be a plan to save his hilltop from destruction, and then orders Pacha to go away. Kuzco makes his way to Yzma and Kronk, only to overhear them discussing that they are seeking to kill him and that the kingdom doesn't miss him. Kuzco realizes Pacha was right, but Pacha has left, and Kuzco hangs his head in despair. ''Ouch.''
* 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!"]]
** "Boom, baby!"
** "It's brilliant, ''brilliant'', ''BRILLIANT!''"
* CatsAreMean: When they're [[spoiler:Yzma]], anyway.
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject: Kuzco and Pacha do this at one point.
* CharacterDevelopment: Kuzco the narrator keeps the attitude 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 poisons all look alike. You might think about relabeling 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.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Kuzco. He doesn't get better until ''very'' late in the film.
* CirclingBirdies: Kuzco sees llamas after Chicha whacks him with a frying pan.
-->"[[NonSequiturThud You have a lovely wife! Both very pretty!]]"
* ClingyAquaticLife: When Kronk accidentally pulls the trapdoor lever, Yzma falls through and lands with a splash offscreen. She then reenters the room with an alligator biting her dress. She smacks it, and it [[AllAnimalsAreDogs scrambles away and whimpers like a dog]]. The same thing happens to Kuzco when he and Pacha try to enter Yzma's lab [[BrickJoke later in the movie]].
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: Actually a coincidental intentional disguise, leading to Yzma unwillingly 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."
** Really, Kronk in general. He never seems to get that he's the lackey to the movie's BigBad, and generally misinterprets her EvilGloating.
* CommunityThreateningConstruction: Emperor Kuzco, being a self-absorbed, egoistic teenage jerk, wants to build Kuzcotopia, a giant playground meant for him and him alone, as a present for his own birthday. He intends to build it on top of the hill on which Pacha's village is built, which would mean destruction of the village. When Kuzco is accidentally turned into a llama and brought all the way to the village before he can carry out his plans, this decision becomes the driving conflict between him and Pacha. Kuzco needs his help to find the way back home, but Pacha won't do it unless he'll change his plans.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike:
-->'''Kuzco:''' Maybe I'm just new to this whole rescuing thing, but this, to me, might be considered kind of a step backwards, wouldn't you say?
* ComplexityAddiction: Yzma's [[EvilPlan original plan]] for Kuzco.
-->'''Yzma:''' How shall I do it? [[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:
** This actually helps kick off the whole plot. Kronk dumps the bag holding the unconscious llama Kuzco into a river, but then rushes back for him at the urging of his shoulder angel.
** Played straight with Pacha, who initially decides to let Kuzco head into the jungle by himself since his death would ensure he wouldn't be able to destroy Pacha's village to make way for Kuzcotopia, but he changes his mind just in time to [[BigDamnHeroes rescue Kuzco from the jaguars]].
** Subverted with Kuzco: when Pacha ends up falling through the wooden bridge, Kuzco appears to go back to help him... only to proceed to mock him and leave him to die. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Only falling through the bridge himself]] makes Kuzco change his mind.
* 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: In the end, [[spoiler: Yzma's stuck as a kitten and has to participate in Kronk's Junior Chipmunks group, complete with uniform, [[SarcasmMode the horror!]]]]
* CouldSayItBut: When telling Pacha he no longer plans to build Kuzcotopia over his village, rather than outright say the real reason, Kuzco pretends it's because the hills didn't sing like Pacha claimed.
* CucumberFacial: Yzma when sleeping, [[CosmeticHorror to Kronk's horror]].
* CueTheRain: Llama-Kuzco gets hit with a sudden downpour when he's alone and abandoned in the jungle.
* CuteKitten: [[spoiler:Yzma at the end.]]
* 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?
** When [[spoiler: Yzma (and the human-potion) are falling to their doom]].
* DiabolusExMachina: Hilariously PlayedForLaughs. As mentioned in BreakingTheFourthWall, [[LampshadeHanging Kronk and Yzma have no idea on how they get to the palace before Kuzco and Pacha]].
* 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.
%%* DisgruntledChef: The Chef at Mudka's Meat Hut represents Unappreciated, quitting after taking various complaints from Kuzco and Yzma and leaving all of the work up to Kronk, thinking that he wanted a "special order" too.
%%-->'''Kronk''': Hey, pal, what's your policy on making special orders?
%%-->'''Chef''': All right, buster, that's it! You want a special order, then you make it! I QUIT! You know, I try and I try, but there's just no respect for anyone with vision! That-That's it! There's just nothing I can do about it!
* DisguisedInDrag: Kuzco dresses up as a lady and plays the role of Pacha's newlywed wife to get into a restaurant. Unlike most cases, [[WholesomeCrossdresser he didn't seem to mind.]]
* 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 throws off Kuzco's groove and suffers a DestinationDefenestration out of a high window is soon 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=]!
** Kuzco sums it up succinctly when he says "Okay, maybe I wasn't as nice as I should have been. But Yzma, do you really want to ''kill'' me?"
** If you can believe it, Yzma's unused ''Kingdom of the Sun'' incarnation was ''worse'' in this regard--her plan was intended to be summoning a death god to extinguish the sun and unleash HellOnEarth so that she won't get wrinkles anymore and her VillainSong has her freely admitting that she was willing to commit heinous atrocities just to retain her youthful good looks.
--->'''Yzma:''' I've really stopped at nothing\\
Murder, treachery and lying\\
Whatever it takes to keep my looks\\
You really can't blame a girl for trying!
* 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, even to Yzma.
* 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?!"]]
* 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]]''!
* DoorJudo: Pacha's family does this with Yzma.
* DramaticGunCock: Kronk's shoulder devil does this with his ''trident'' when committing to his HeelFaceTurn.
* DrivenToSuicide: Downplayed, but in what should be a ThisIsGonnaSuck moment, Kuzco looks forward to toppling over a tall waterfall.
-->'''Kuzco:''' Bring it on.
* 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 ''(finger[[note]]Or rather llama-hoof[[/note]] quotes)'' 'secret' lab."
* EverythingsBetterWithLlamas: Goes without saying.
* 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.
* 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.\\
'''Yzma''': And so does ''THIS!'' (''pulls a lever and a trap door opens under Kronk'')\\
'''Kronk:''' Oh, I shoulda seen that one coming... WHOA!!....\\
''(He falls, followed a moment later by the angel and devil, who hug each other for safety)''
* 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 slurp up its guts. Then munch on the exoskeleton. Them's good eating.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Someday, you're gonna wind up all alone, and you'll have no one to blame but yourself."
* 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 SynchronizedSwarming bees.
** After Kuzco insults his prospective brides and turns back to the matchmaker, you can see one of them getting violently angry and being physically restrained by the others.

* GenderBender: After Pacha dumps a table of potions over the royal guards, one particularly unlucky guard gets turned into a cow[[note]]which, contrary to popular belief, are exclusively female[[/note]] and [[OptOut has to be sent home]].
* 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.
* GentleGiant:
** Kronk is easily the biggest, most muscular character in the film. He's also easily the kindest.
** Pacha isn't too far behind, being about two heads taller and significantly beefier than the string bean Kuzco, yet is a caring father and husband, not to mention the great restraint he shows putting up Kuzco's attitude. Bruce W. Smith, his animator, lampshades this on the DVD commentary, saying that he had to animate the character with a certain restraint, because he could easily "smack Kuzco upside the head" at any minute.
* 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...?
** Kronk's [[GoodAngelBadAngel shoulder angel and devil]] get into a fight over a moral decision. The Shoulder Devil [[NonSequitur uses a hand stand]] as a reason why not to listen to the angel. Kronk questions this reason, but even the angel agrees with the devil. The radar moment kicks in when you realize what would happen when [[PantsFree a guy wearing only a robe does a handstand]].
** Kuzco is a llama ''and'' dressed as a woman:
--->'''Pacha''': We're on our honeymoon.\\
'''Mudka's Meat Hut Waitress''': Bless you for [[BestialityIsDepraved coming out]] [[InsatiableNewlyweds in public]].
*** And in the Norwegian version of the movie, they eschew subtlety altogether and the dialogue instead goes (directly translated) like this:
--->'''Pacha''': We're on our honeymoon!\\
'''Kuzco''': ''[girlish giggle]''\\
'''Waitress''': Brave of you to come out of the closet.
** 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.
** A very subtle one: during the rope-bridge sequence, the four bits of wood which fall into the chasm spell out a stylized D-A-M-N.
** Yzma's cut VillainSong includes the following line, not at all helped by Eartha Kitt's delivery:
-->[[EldritchAbomination Supai]] baby ''turn me on...''
** When Kronk is shown sleeping in the jungle, he has a tent pitched [[VisualPun over his crotch]].
** When Yzma has Kuzco and Pacha cornered in the lab, she hikes her skirt up her leg as she says "I bet you weren't expecting ''this!''" The pair scream in horror... until she pulls a knife out of a thigh sheath. The two sigh in pure relief: "Oh, okay."
* GoodAngelBadAngel: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] by Kronk, whose angels are just as dim as he is.
* GratuitousLaboratoryFlasks: Yzma's [[AirQuotes "secret lab"]] features a lot of spiraling glass tubing running throughout the room, but also shelves and shelves of literally a thousand and one bottles of her "[[InsistentTerminology poisons]]" (read: various magical potions). They're all pink in color and are very poorly labelled, making it difficult to distinguish from another. Kronk [[DumbassHasAPoint complains about this]].
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: It takes several beats after the rope bridge breaks for Kuzco and Pacha to realize they're going to fall to their death before dropping.
* 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 Creator/JohnKricfalusi a run for his money.
* HammyHerald: The Theme Song Guy, voiced by Music/TomJones, who introduces Kuzco in a bombastic song.
* HandWave: Wonderfully lampshaded 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: As sung by the Meat Hut employees:
-->"Happy happy birthday from all of us to you!\\
We wish it was our birthday so we could party too!"
* 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]].
** Kuzco. 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.)
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Bucky pops a balloon and the jaguar pack ''doesn't'' wake up.
-->'''Kuzco''': '''HA!''' ''(cue OhCrap)''
* 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:
** Yzma suffers one starting with 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.
* 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. Yeah, it all was a lie. Toodles!
* InteractiveNarrator: Narrator!Kuzco. Eventually, Llama!Kuzco tells him to shut the hell up and stop whining.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Yzma and Kronk. Well, Yzma may not be so sympathetic, but she is pretty ineffectual.
* InevitableWaterfall: With a nice 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.
* InventionalWisdom: The entrance to Yzma's secret lab has a lever that opens a TrapDoor to a crocodile pool. It's right next to the lever that opens the door. While it could be used as a trap, Yzma doesn't seem to intend it that way, and she can never remember which one is which.
-->'''Yzma:''' [[LampshadeHanging Why do we even]] ''[[LampshadeHanging have]]'' [[LampshadeHanging that lever?]]\\
'''[[IronicEcho Kuzco]]:''' Why does she even ''have'' that lever?
* IronicEcho:
-->'''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''.
%%** "Nobody's ''that'' heartless!"
%%** "...why do we even ''have'' [[InventionalWisdom that lever?]]"
%%** "...scary beyond all reason?"
* 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 and develops into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* JerkToNiceGuyPlot: Spoiled, vain Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama, has to endure a difficult journey to return home and makes friends with a peasant named Pacha, and becomes a better ruler in the end.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Prior to his character development, Kuzco makes Pacha 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.
* KarmicTransformation: Kuzco, the selfish emperor who plans on destroying Pacha's village to build a pool house for himself, is transformed into a llama by his exil ex-advisor Yzma and forced to work together with Pacha to get back to the palace at which point he starts to become more optimistic. Ironically, the transformation itself was purely coincidental.
* KissOfLife: [[TropeNamers Directly called as much]], if sarcastically, 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!!!]]
** Also Patrick Warburton, at least with "THE PEASANT! AT THE DINER!"
* LaserGuidedKarma: Happens a LOT to Kuzco, since he pretty much constantly asks for it. Falling down the bridge instantly after gloating about leaving Pacah there is a prime example.
* 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 a bit more subtle, 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!'' [cheerfully waves his hoofs]
** 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: Except for the potion that turns Kuzco into a llama at the beginning of the film (which has [[FridgeBrilliance been diluted]]), all of Yzma's potions work immediately.
* 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!''
* MisplacedWildlife: ThatPoorCat that Kronk trips over (causing Kuzco to fall into Pacha's cart) shouldn't have been in the pre-Columbian New World.
** And in more of a case of mis-''identified'' wildlife; Narrator Kuzco refers to a briefly-seen primate as a "chimp." Chimpanzees are naturally found only in Africa, but the primate in question is clearly a monkey, a much more regionally-appropriate animal.
* 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.
* MusicalExposition: The film is not a musical, but it has one song in the beginning, "Kuzco", that sets up the main character as a vain, selfish, and laid-back ruler.
* MusicalisInterruptus: Don't throw off Kuzco's groove.
-->'''Guard:''': I'm sorry, but you've thrown off the Emperor's groove.
-->'''Old Man''': [[DestinationDefenestration "SOOOOORRY!"]]
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: Yzma knocks over various potions to stop Pacha and Kuzco from figuring out which is the antidote, and summons the palace guards to attack them so that they won't have much time to sort through the potions.
* NeverMyFault: At the beginning of the film, Kuzco as the narrator blames what happened to him solely on Patcha and Yzma, not mentioning that a large part of it was also his fault.
* 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.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Unusual for a Disney film. The closest thing we have is Pacha's relationship with Chicha, but it's mostly portrayed in a "happily married for a long time" way.
* 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.\\
'''Yzma:''' Yeah... go figure...
* NumberTwoForBrains: Kronk is one dim dragon.
* ObviouslyEvil: Yzma.
* ObviousPregnancy: Chicha. In fact, this was the first animated Disney film to feature a pregnant woman on-screen.
* 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.]]
* OhCrap: Kuzco has several during his initial trip through the jungle: after accidently tumbling into a jaguar den, [[TheDogBitesBack when the squirrel he mocked seconds before]] blows up a balloon to wake said jaguars, when Kuzco himself accidentally wakes the jaguars anyway and they start chasing him, and when they've backed him up before a steep cliff drop.
* OneWingedAngel: Subverted. Yzma's scary transformation turns out to be... [[spoiler:into a cute kitten]].
* OpenSecret: Both Kuzco and the guards know about Yzma's "secret" lab.
* 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.
* OwMyBodyPart / StaircaseTumble: Kronk combines these at one point: "Back! Elbow! Shoulder!"
* 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: The pregnant Chicha whacks Kuzco with a FryingPanOfDoom, and later "fights" Yzma.
* PrideBeforeAFall: Kuzco.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Like everything else in the movie, done as a joke as Pacha's children have horrible visions of his fate. Like Pacha kissing a llama.
* PunchClockVillain: Kronk.
* PuppyDogEyes: Pacha's children deploy these at one point attempting to stay up late. He and Chicha successfully counter with a deliberate display of SickeningSweethearts.
* PurelyAestheticEra: "Somewhere in the Jungle.."
* ReactiveContinuousScream: "Demon llama!"
* RealMenWearPink: Kronk enjoys baking and cooking.
* 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", the Theme Song Guy's ''wireless'' microphone, roadside diners...
* SealedEvilInATeddyBear: Yzma is [[spoiler:transformed into a nearly harmless kitten]] near the end of the movie.
* SelfPoisoningGambit: After Kronk mixes up which goblet has the poison, he's forced to make sure all three are poisoned, and he and Yzma have to do the variation where they pretend to drink while [[DiscreetDrinkDisposal discretely dispose of their drinks]] (or not so discreetly, in Kronk's case) in order to make sure Kuzco drinks and doesn't get suspicious.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Subverted.
* ShoutOut:
** The movies ''Film/TheFly1958'' (the aforementioned scene with the fly and spider) and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', among others.
** The squirrel is reminiscent of one WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in his personality. He even has the buck teeth.
** The jaguar-chase is almost certainly a homage to the Headless Horseman scene in ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''.
** "Pull the lever, Kronk" is used to the same effect as "push the button, Max" in ''Film/TheGreatRace''.
** Kuzko being turned into numerous animals via Yzma's potions at the end is one to the "Magic Duel" from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''.
** It's not certain whether this was intentional or not, but Kronk's shoulder devil (and later all three Kronks) saying "That'll work" is an in-studio reference that goes all the way back to Creator/WaltDisney himself: never one to give too much credit, he'd only ever approve of someone else's ideas for a story or a project with "That'll work."
* ShowSomeLeg: Yzma shows some of her leg at one point. To quote Kuzco and Pacha: Ack, no, aieee!
* ShrugTake: When the villains are in pursuit of the heroes, and their progress on the map becomes visible on the actual roads and paths, Yzma and Kronk decide that they're better off ignoring this phenomenon. At the moment, that scene is even the ''page image'' for the trope!
* SimilarItemConfusion: Kronk has this problem, in that he mistakes a bottle of llama extract for deadly poison, which results in the intended victim being transformed into a llama as opposed to full-on dead.
--> '''Ymza''': This isn't poison. This is extract of ... llama."
--> '''Kronk''': You know, in my defense, your poisons all look alike. You might think about relabeling some of them.
* SkewedPriorities: The reason Yzma gave up on her original revenge plan wasn't because she realized it suffered from ComplexityAddiction, but rather because she'd save on postage [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim by poisoning Kuzco]].
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: How to speak Squirrel is one thing you learn in the [[ScoutOut Junior Chipmunks]].
* SpiritualSuccessor: The [[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, what's with the chimp and the bug? Can we get back to ''me?''"
* StallingTheSip: Played for laughs and subverted. Kuzco finally stops stalling and collapses, only to get better and proceed to yammer throughout his transformation, while Yzma desperately tries to subtly tell Kronk to JustHitHim.
* StealthPun: When the guard who has been turned into a cow asks Yzma if he could leave, she lets him. She's letting the cow go home.
* 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.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Yzma ([[ComplexityAddiction eventually]]) chooses this method for her attempted murder plot.
* TarAndFeathers: Yzma gets covered in honey and feathers before being used as a pinata.
* TechnicolorScience: Yzma's potions have bright colours like purple and pink.
* ThatPoorPlant:
** When Yzma accidentally knocks a vial of poison onto a plant, it is instantly reduced to a smear of blackened ash.
** In the dinner scene, Yzma ditches her llama-transformation drink into a small potted cactus. In a later shot, the plant looks like a llama.
* ThemeSong: Kronk supplies his own.
* ThinChinOfSin: Yzma has a funnel-shaped chin that curves inwards, making it very small and pointy.
* ThirdActMisunderstanding: After several antics in the diner, Pacha informs Kuzco that Yzma and Kronk are trying to kill him, only for Kuzco to blow him off, believing that they were actually there to bring him back to the palace. He then sends Pacha away, believing ''he's'' the one trying to keep him from getting back. Only when Kuzco overhears the two talking about killing him [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone does he realize he sent his only friend away for nothing]].
* ThisIsWhatTheBuildingWillLookLike: The "Kuzco-topia" summer home is introduced like this.
* ToTheBatNoun: "To the secret lab!"
* TooDumbToLive: Kuzco has dinner served to him by [[ObviouslyEvil Yzma]] - ''after'' he's fired her.
* 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 Chicha. Pacha is chubby and has a weird shaped nose, while his wife Chicha 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.[[note]]Not to Kronk.[[/note]]
* 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? (Answer: the map Kronk shows has a huge PlotHole in it.)
* TheUnsmile
-->'''Kuzco:''' So, no hard feelings about being let go?
-->'''Yzma:''' [[BlatantLies ...None whatsoever]].
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Kuzco.
* VagueAge: Kronk's age according to this exchange:
-->'''Kuzco:''' He's, what... in his late-twenties?
-->'''Yzma:''' (''uncomfortably'') I'm... not sure.
* ViewersAreMorons: Kuzco's attitude when he's the narrator.
* VillainProtagonist: Kuzco, while arguably entertaining, is also irredeemable for the first half of the film. Pacha's interactions with and reactions to Kuzco are based on a belief that "there is some good in everyone", but, [[spoiler:after Kuzco leaves him to die hanging from a bridge,]] he concedes angrily that Kuzco proved him wrong. After this admission though, when they are mutually thrown into peril, they cooperate to save themselves. Then, [[spoiler:as Pacha almost falls to his death,]] Kuzco does something unprecedented [[spoiler: by saving his life]]. After this, Pacha reaffirms his belief, with Kuzco as his evidence.
* VillainousValor: Yzma during the climax, with her impromptu bungee-jumping.
* 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.
* WouldHarmASenior: When Kuzco accidentally bumps into an old man unfortunate enough to be standing nearby during his opening song, Kuzco has the old man [[DestinationDefenestration thrown out the window]]. Fortunately, the old man ends up comically wrapped up in some banners and unharmed.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Yzma actually suplexes Pacha during the climax.
* 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.
* AscendedExtra: Despite only showing up for one scene in the first film. Rudy has a major role in the sequel mainly during the flashback to Kronk getting involved in Yzma's plot to sell a potion which is supposed to restore youth to Rudy and the village's other senior citizens.
* BadSamaritan: Yzma sells a youth potion to the senior citizens. They become addicted to it and eventually sell their home to buy more of it. The potion turns out to be a placebo.
* BornInTheTheatre: Kuzco displays the film's poster at one point.
* BunniesForCuteness / CutenessProximity / CutenessEqualsForgiveness: After being chased by the senior citizen when her "youth potion" scam is revealed, Yzma attempts to turn the tables by [[spoiler: drinking a potion. She turns into a pink bunny, causing the elders to get distracted by her cuteness. And then a condor swoops down and carries her off to feed to its young.]]
* 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.
* DemotedToExtra: All of the main cast sans Kronk get hit with this. Yzma only pops up as a small-time villain for the first act and vanishes from the film after that [[spoiler:save for a quick ending gag where, in her new rabbit form, she gets dropped into a condor nest]]. Pacha is reduced to a supporting player (albeit not an insignificant one, as he helps out Kronk in the climax). Kuzco gets hit with this the hardest, as for the most part he just serves as a [[BreakingTheFourthWall snarky quasi-narrator]], and [[spoiler: briefly helps out Kronk in the climax by crossdressing as his wife.]]
* DenserAndWackier: In the first film, the most extreme examples of the silliness are relegated to Kuzco's abuses of power or Yzma's magic. The sequel, however, is start-to-finish silliness, much of it without any context.
* DisapprovingLook: The dreaded "Nostril Flare of Total Rejection".
* DisqualificationInducedVictory: Birdie's team wins the first event of a competition because Kronk's is disqualified for not waiting for their turn to perform.
* ElectiveMonarchy: Yzma briefly tries to be elected Emperor.
-->'''Kronk''': [[LampshadeHanging I never knew that was an elective office.]]
* 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..?
** A 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 Reel" shows up, and he freaks out.
** Kronk and Ms. Birdwell baking bread in a... [[GRatedSex suggestive manner]].
-->'''Kronk''': We could bake beautiful bread together.\\
'''Birdwell''': Get out your oven mitts. Things are about to get... hot.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Over a shot of Yzma's EvilGloating:
-->'''Kuzco''': Oh, you saw it already, huh? Well, smarty, I bet you didn't see ''this''!\\
''[Extreme closeup of Yzma's armpit hairs]''\\
'''Kuzco''': ''Aaigh!'' I'll be seeing that in my [[NightmareFuel nightmares]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Yzma's potion-drinking attempt. She [[spoiler: becomes a rabbit and is scooped up by a condor.]]
* MotiveDecay: In the first movie, Yzma wanted to become the ruler. Now, she wants to become rich by selling a fake youth elixir. Subverted when she's seen trying to use her newfound wealth and fame to become Emperor.
* 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.]]
* RunningGag: "(X)'s (Y). Property of (X). Do not touch except for (X)."
* ShoutOut:
** The "Stag Reel" gag is cribbed directly from the 1944 WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''Whats Cookin, Doc?".
** Rudy snatches a bottle of [[AllNaturalSnakeOil youth potion]] and says:
--->[[LordOfTheRings My preciooouusssss...precious wants to keep it...we must not let him...]]
** Papi's big thumbs-up that he almost gets after getting Pacha's family to pose as his false family is accompanied by a watered down version of the triumphant chorus of "[[Disney/TheLionKing King of Pride Rock]]".
** The FallingInLoveMontage references/parodies plenty of media and performers, such as Music/MichaelJackson, ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'', and ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''.
* SpaghettiKiss: Parodied between Kronk and Birdie.
* VillainDecay: Yzma goes from being the driving threat of the first film to being a small time crook for the first act of this movie.
* VisualInnuendo: Done during the bread-baking scene.
* WellDoneSonGuy: When he was a child, Kronk wanted his father's approval, but never got it.
* YouCantHandleTheParody: Kronk can't, at least.