* {{Anvilicious}}: Like most animated films today, the PowerOfFriendship is presented in full force. Unlike most animated films today, it manages to work in the movie's favor.
* 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 lampshaded.
-->'''Ymza:''' ... How ''did'' we, Kronk?
-->'''Kronk:''' Well, ya got me. By all accounts it doesn't make sense.
* AwardSnub: Whenever there's an argument about voice actors getting Oscar love for their performances (say Robin Williams for ''Aladdin'' or Ellen DeGeneres for ''Finding Nemo''), Warburton's name comes up ''a lot'' for his work as Kronk.
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5F7NbRjqXA "Run Llama Run."]]
** Yzma's VillainSong "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=374xW4zZbZA Snuff Out The Light]]" was for ''Kingdom In The Sun'' but was recorded before the animation even began. They couldn't use it for the movie since its exposition is different from the final products plot. The song was put on the movies soundtrack though, saving it from being a lost track.
** From the sequel, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zece9Bt6bVs Feel Like a Million]]"
* FashionVictimVillain: Yzma, who has a mannequin-head for nightly "storing" of her enormous fake eyelashes.
* HeReallyCanAct: David Spade, often known for a [[LowestCommonDenominator lowbrow schtick]] not unlike AdamSandler's, sounds genuinely broken after [[spoiler: Kuzco [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizes he's driven away his only friend]].]]
--> "[[BreakTheHaughty Just leave me alone]]..."
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Creator/PatrickWarburton apparently likes [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers playing the bodyguard to a very skinny, inept mad scientist]].
*** He also [[{{Hoodwinked}} speaks regularly to a manic squirrel]].
** Chicha [[Disney/{{Tangled}} using a frying pan]] to KO Kuzco.
* HoYay: Kuzco and Pacha. Come on, you saw it. They had Kuzco dress up as a woman and pretends to be newlyweds with Pacha, Pacha almost giving him CPR and claiming "it was not a kiss", the amount of awkwardness between the two (including after they hug!), and Kuzco's {{Tsundere}} dynamic with Pacha. What more proof do you need?
* MemeticMutation:
** "Kuzco is my favorite Disney Princess" on Tumblr.
** Pull the lever!
*** WRONG LEVERRRRRRRR!!
**** Why do we even ''have'' that lever?
** Smash it with a [[DropTheHammer HAMMA]]!!!
** The poison. The poison for Kuzco, the poison chosen especially to kill Kuzco, Kuzco's poison.
** IT'S BRRRRRRRRRILLLIANT!
* MoralEventHorizon: Parodied when, at least according to Kronk's shoulder devil, Yzma crossed it when [[spoiler: [[FelonyMisdemeanor she admitted to never liking Kronk's spinach puffs.]]]]
* NightmareFuel: The final film is light-hearted and comedic... [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tBpX_laWoY8 this]] deleted scene, on the other hand, depicting the guards destroying a cardboard cutout of Pacha's village, is surprisingly intense.
* SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames:
** The PlayStation, {{Dreamcast}} and PC game was just as humorous and satirical as the movie is, [[LampshadeHanging hanging lampshades]] on video game clichés long before ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame'' did. However, there are changes to the plot, such as game Kuzco knowing Yzma is trying to kill him right from the start, while in the movie he did not learn that until after the dinner scene. Should also note that Yzma's crocodiles are, shall we say, [[NightmareFuel more competent guards]] than they were in the movie.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Look at [[http://www.cornel1801.com/disney/Saludos-Amigos-1942/film2_1.jpg this kid]] from ''Disney/SaludosAmigos''. Does the outfit look familiar? Maybe if we put it on [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9_UOkwurFo8/TzTj8YLIhgI/AAAAAAAACHE/MtbUGWOPZMs/s1600/saludos_lake+titicaca.jpg somebody]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_locxc5bPCx1qhigt0o1_500.gif else]] ...
** Many say that this is Disney's first film to [[NoHuggingNoKissing lack a romantic plot]], which is true...if you don't count ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', and ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''. It was the first post-Renaissance film to do so, though.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Aside from the whole "twisted, snarky fairytale with an all-star cast" concept being monopolized by the runaway success of ''Film/{{Shrek}}'', this was also the first Disney film is years that didn't follow the studio's [[StrictlyFormula increasingly obvious formula]]. Anyone who doesn't remember that time will probably have a hard time getting back the "David Spade as a llama" gimmick.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The direct-to-DVD ''Kronk's New Groove'' was dire, save perhaps one or two individual moments. The follow-up TV series ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'' regained some lost ground but had a tendency to take jokes from the original movie and re-re-re-use them until they lay in tatters.
* VindicatedByHistory: The film was eventually a modest money-maker, and has garnered a new lease on life in the post-''{{Shrek}}'' world as an example of how to do a timeless animated comedy ''right'' - many of the gags aged far better than the heavily modern pop-culture based humor of ''Shrek'' and its knock-offs, and the character of Yzma is now viewed as one of the best Disney villains.