* {{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, complete with handy pull-down chart.
-->'''Kuzco:''' No way. No way! How'd you get here before us?!
-->'''Ymza:''' I-- ...Eh, 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 Creator/RobinWilliams for ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' or Creator/EllenDeGeneres for ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''), Warburton's name comes up ''a lot'' for his work as Kronk.
* BrokenBase: Over whether the original ''Kingdom of the Sun'' concept (see the trivia page) would be better than the final film or not.
* 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 of 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 product's 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."]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Kronk. He didn't get a SpinOff film for nothing.
* FashionVictimVillain: Yzma, who has a mannequin-head for nightly "storing" of her enormous fake eyelashes.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: It has a huge fandom in Italy, mainly thanks to the SuperlativeDubbing.
* HeReallyCanAct: David Spade, often known for a [[LowestCommonDenominator lowbrow schtick]] not unlike Creator/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 [[WesternAnimation/{{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. Oh, and Kuzco constantly ordering Pacha to take him back to the palace has eventually been shortened to "take me back" over the course of how many times it's been said. What more proof do you need?
* MemeticMutation: All together now: "You threw off my groove!!"
** "Kuzco is my favorite Disney Princess" on Website/{{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.
*** ...that poison?
** IT'S BRRRRRRRRRILLLIANT!
** "Uh-HUH, uh-HUH, uh HUH!"
** "Don't tell me, we're about to go over a huge waterfall." You do the rest.
*** "Yep." "Sharp rocks at the bottom?" "Most likely." "'' {{Beat}}'' Bring it on."
** [[http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/070/061/d96.jpg This screencap of Pacha]] has seen a burst in popularity as a reaction image, usually as a gesture of approval or to when things go juuuust the way you wanted it to. It also has been edited to include other characters.
* 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]]]].
** Kuzco came damn near close to crossing this when he left Pacha to die hanging from the rope bridge. Subverted when Kuzco gets stuck as well, and they have to work together to get out of it.
* NightmareFuel: The final film is light-hearted and comedic... [[https://www.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.
** Kuzco bring surrounded by hungry Jaguars as a llama. It's very unnerving thanks to their black fur.
** Many of the angry faces, eye twitching Yzma does. She's hideous, unfathomably old and a complete psycho. She is, ''indeed'', scary beyond all reason.
* SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames:
** The UsefulNotes/PlayStation, [[UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast 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. We 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}}'' (which made it to theaters months after ''The Emperor's New Groove'' did), this was also the first Disney film is years that was not [[StrictlyFormula a blockbuster musical romance]] with a "BeYourself" message. Anyone who doesn't remember this era will probably have a hard time getting past 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.
* TrailerJokeDecay: Averted. The "huge waterfall" scene was already funny out of context, but is so ''hysterical'' in-context that it remains fresh.
* VindicatedByHistory: The film was eventually a modest money-maker, and has garnered a new lease on life in the post-''Film/{{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.

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