This is Kuzco. Emperor Kuzco. A guy whose groove and style is equaled to only by his ego and inversely proportional to his sense of empathy. Kuzco was born and raised to rule but treats his kingdom as a giant toy, demanding constant pampering, belittling his subjects and callously punishing them for "throwing off his groove". He spends most of his time just admiring himself at the expense of pretty much everyone. Kuzco's flippant attitude finally bites him in the butt after his embittered ex-advisor Yzma tries to kill him, only to accidentally turn him into a llama and lose him, setting off the story of this jerky of an emperor trying to regain his throne, body, and maybe learn a few lesson in humility and friendship along the way.
Affably Evil: Pre-Heel-Face Turn, when talking to people Kuzco tends to be casual, generally friendly and even warm at times - despite being callously self-absorbed and uncaring towards others. This makes a lot of sense: rather than the typical villain pretending to be polite Kuzco legitimately believes that the world should revolve around him, so he can be as pleasant (if tactless) as he wants because people will get with the program no matter what. When people don't get with the program even the slightest bit, that's when he starts getting snide and showing how cruel he really is.
Hypocrite: Probably the biggest hypocrite (protagonist) in Disney history, and it's played for laughs. He states, very pointedly, that he was the "victim here" and was so put-upon by everyone who wanted to take him down, and yet sees no problem with endangering hundreds and destroying an entire mountain village for the sake of building his own summer home and water park.
Not So Different: Really, the differences between him and Yzma are quite superficial. And as it turns out, Yzma raised him, so that figures.
Parental Abandonment: No mention whatsoever is ever made to Kuzco's parents, presumably the previous rulers of the empire. Apparently, he was raised by Yzma: it's easy to see where he got his mean streak from.
It's implied in one episode of the series Yzma offed Kuzco's Dad.
Prince Charmless: To the potential brides in the opening. Subverted in that he was already the Emperor at this point.
Riches to Rags: Happens to Kuzco after being turned into a llama. At least most guys will be left with the shirt on their backs, Kuzco doesn't even have hands left! It says a lot about Kuzco that he gets over this pretty quickly under the assumption he can still boss people around and Yzma is still loyal.
Royal Brat: He has a tiny, elderly man defenestrated for throwing off his groove, criticizes his potential brides, and it's implied stuff like this happens on a daily basis.
Smug Snake: Despite his Emperor position, it's very hard to take him seriously as a threat to anyone.
He is at least a head shorter (if not more) than the other three leads of the film.
He is very thin and seemingly unfit (though obviously not as bad as Yzma).
Tsundere: A surprising platonic male version. After saving Pacha's life when he could have let him fall, he claims he was just doing it so that he could still lead him to the Palace. Not because he likes him or anything.
This is Pacha, a soft-spoken, roly-poly peasant who helps Kuzco find his way back to his empire. Pacha is the head man of his village and a loving husband and father. He values the traditions of his people and wants to make a good future for his kids. And he's the first person Kuzco's met (maybe ever) to not put up with his Imperial nonsense for a minute.
"It's brilliant, brilliant, brrrrilliant, I tell you! Genius, I say!" Voiced by: Eartha Kitt
Alright gang now check out this piece of work. Now, this is Yzma, the emperor's royal advisory. Living proof that dinosaurs once roamed the Earth. Yzma raised Kuzco from his early childhood, preparing him for the throne while running the empire herself. Kuzco eventually becomes annoyed with her constantly going behind his back and fires her. Enraged at this callous discarding, Yzma concocts a plan to assassinate Kuzco and take the throne for herself.
Ax-Crazy: Arguably the craziest Disney Villain to date.
The Caligula: Yzma fits this trope during her time of regency.
Yzma: It is no concern of mine whether or not your family has... what was it again? Peasant: Umm... food? Yzma: HAH! You really should have thought of that before you became peasants!
Lean and Mean: Taking a cue from characters like Jafar and Maleficent, Yzma is positively spindly - likely as a call back to their designs.
Mad Scientist: She has a secret lab, a maniacal laugh and everything. The anachronistic dissonance is played for laughs, of course.
Never My Fault: She often blames the failures of her evil plans on Kronk; while he does hold some of the blame, a lot of it usually has to do with the fact that her plans tend to be either a) too convoluted to actually work, b) doomed to fail from the start, c) irrelevant to what she wants to accomplish in the first place, or d) all of the above.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Her alter-ego of Principal Amzy doesn't really fool Kuzco, but Kronk can never seem to recognize her.
Parental Substitute: She actually raised Kuzco since he was a baby and thus explaining where most of Kuzco's faults come from; it's implied she was going to pull a The Woman Behind the Man act when he was finally crowned and rule the kingdom through him, but his firing her put a stop to that. (It's also implied that she offed Kuzco's parents in order to do so).
Phrase Catcher: Not an episode of the TV series goes by without calling her "scary beyond all reason".
Treacherous Advisor: Yzma certainly enjoys throwing her weight around, but the notion of actually usurping Kuzco only seems to hit her after he fires her. Granted, she did raise him (and as above mentioned, may have offed his parents) so perhaps she was tyring to use him as a puppet.
Unfortunate Names: In the ancient Peruvian language called Quechua, Yzma means "Shit".
Vague Age: We know she's old, but we don't know how old.
According to "The Emperor's New School Spirit" episode of the TV series, she's 48.
Villainous Valor: During the last fight. Not even the risk of dying by falling 100 feet down from a building, or turning into a small cat will stop her.
Extreme Doormat: Him being so docile and accepting is what makes him put up with all of Yzma's constant abuse and Kusco's constant egomania. Of course, after his Heel-Face Turn he stops being a doormat to Yzma.
Genius Ditz: While the ditzy part is unquestionable, he knows how to be liked by anyone he meets (another kind of intelligence), is a great cook, has a lot of practical knowledge about things and can survive in the wild all by himself, plus he's fluent in squirrel and Hash House Lingo.
Minion with an F in Evil: When Yzma infiltrates Pacha's house by saying they're distant relatives, it seems Kronk actually believes this. He plays games with the kids, has a blast, and doesn't leave without urging Chicha to not wait until the next family reunion for a get together.
Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Kronk disowns Yzma after she makes an acerbic comment about his beloved spinach puffs. The insult is so harsh that even Kronk's Shoulder Devil is disgusted by it.
Real Men Wear Pink: In addition to baking, some of Kronk's other hobbies include ballet and jump rope.
Redemption Equals Death: Averted, for comedy. At first it seems that Yzma has killed Kronk by throwing him down a trap door to his death, but he actually emerges from it alive and completely unharmed... in the process, hitting kitty Yzma.
Top-Heavy Guy: He mentions that he's a nightmare to tailor for, being a 66 long, 31 waist — meaning, his chest is five and a half feet around.
Unskilled, but Strong: Subverted. Kronk lacks some basic common sense and basic intelligence - considering that he cannot follow a conversation for much more than ten seconds - but he is fluent in woodland creature languages (particularly skilled in squirrel), is a Supreme Chef, and even has his own moments of genius clarity and realization.
Voiced by Wendie Malick
Pacha's frustrated wife. Despite being heavily pregnant, and busy raising two kids, she's a true spitfire who wouldn't think twice about giving the Emperor himself a piece of her mind! A loving mama and loyal wife who, in a pinch, proves she's not to be messed with. Ever.
He is a kind, happy squirrel who enjoys eating nuts and has a good sense of friendship, good enough to make him hate arrogant people like Kuzco and act cross with them. He is also a great friend of Kronk's and is a tutor on Squirrel Speak in Kuzco Academy.
Beware the Nice Ones: Best shown when he first meets Kuzco as a llama. Bucky arrives and amiably offers him an acorn. Kuzco takes the acorn in mock pleasantry but then hits Bucky on the head with it and tells him to hit the road. Right after, Kuzco falls into an area filled with sleeping jaguars. Bucky blows up a balloon animal and threatens to pop it, He does so but it fails to wake up the jaguars until Kuzco screams "Ha!" Later on during
A new main character in the spin-off series. She's Kuzco's Love Interest, which isn't a well kept secret. Malina is a cheerleader and the school council president who also is very smart and prints the Academy's news scroll. She is also a straight-A student, which is apparently a requirement for the cheerleading squad (which is a twist to most stereotypical "airheaded" cheerleaders).
The Ace: Head cheerleader, school council president, attractive, cheerleader, and overall a nice young lady.
Hes Not My Boyfriend: She's constantly annoyed not just by Kuzco constantly calling her his girlfriend, but the fact that others seem to believe it. Though she gets less frustrated with it as the series goes on.
Literal Split Personality: At one point, Kuzco splits her in dozens of parts of her personality so he could date the part that was in love with him. Naturally, this ended
Not so Above It All: Though usually Closer to Earth, ccasionally she would fall into her own faults and oddball traits, especially later on in the series - for example, one episode deals with her getting increasingly obsessed with getting first place in a meaningless contest to the point of cheating.
Perfectionist: Increasingly as the series went on. A few later episodes dealt with how she got in her own way because of this.
Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Malina admits that she does like Kuzco and would really like him, if it weren't for his arrogance and ego.