The Emperor's New School (2006-2008) is a Disney Channel show based on the Disney FilmThe Emperor's New Groove.Kuzco, the main character, is still an obnoxious self-centered emperor (in spite of how The Movieended) who has been temporarily dethroned and must attend The Kuzco Academy and pass all his classes to become Emperor, as you can't become one without finishing all schools. The Kuzco Academy is run by Principle Amzy, a Paper-Thin Disguise for Yzma, the series villain, which fools no-one except her handsome but dim lackey Kronk.Yzma wants to usurp Kuzco's throne which, given her controlling personality, wouldn't be good and thus schemes to prevent Kuzco passing his classes - at first by transforming him into all sorts of different animals. In Season 2, she finds an evil hall of evil machinery. Luckily for Kuzco, he has Malina — straight-A student, cheerleader, and "Hottie-Hot-Hottie" — as well as his foster family of Pacha, Chicha, and the kids to help him out. Occasionally Kronk, too.Usually the episodes center around teaching Kuzco some sort of Aesop, though it started to get away from that later in the run. The show has also been known for recycling gags from the movie.It has the honor of being one of the last Disney animated shows for ABC before they switched to educational blocks. This was also one of the last works of Eartha Kitt as she died not long after finishing the series.
Bad Future: In the season 1 finale, Kuzco wishes that he'd never been Emperor, causing one of these where Yzma was always Empress.
Baleful Polymorph: It is (initially) Yzma's intention to use this trope to turn Kuzco into something useless in order to get him to fail school (and thus, lose the kingdom). It never works out, no matter how often she tries.
Broken Aesop:In-universe After his students complain over their hard (easy) work (mostly Kuzco, Kronk just wanted a piņata). Mr. Moleguaco summons his Sadist Teacher cousin to teach them that you can't skip work. After successfully teaching the lesson he throws a vacation. When Melina points out the lack of education value, he handwaves it blatantly.
Buffy Speak: See "hottie-hot-hottie" for one example. Plenty more (usually from Kuzco) where that came from.
Comedic Underwear Exposure: Kuzco in "The Emperor's New School Spirit", when he gets thrown into a wastebasket head first and his skirt flips up, revealing light blue under-shorts with rainbow-colored hearts that Guaka got for him as a birthday present.
Informed Attractiveness: Malina. Sure, some might consider her pretty attractive as far as physical appearance goes (as well as the art style), but that still doesn't change the fact that they feel the need to mention she's a "hottie" in the show's theme song. As well as most episodes.
Karma Houdini: In "The Emperor's New Tuber" Malina cheats to win a largest potato contest and gets away with it because the foot of Yzma's giant stone robot crushed it into mashed potato and she instead gets 1st place for the best tasting category and doesn't confess to cheating.
Kids Are Cruel: Nicely toyed with. Kuzco was a nasty kid, but the other kids are just defending themselves.
Not a Date: This was a running gag. Whenever Kuzco and Malina would end up doing something together, Kuzco would call it a date, and Malina would tell him "it's not a date". In the series finale they went on a date.
Also Kronk forgetting Amzy and Yzma are the same person. The concept is, of course, lampshaded in "Yzma Be Gone."
"It's time for Kuzco's Doodles! That's the part of the show where I [insert some "explanation" about the situation at hand]." As the show went on, this got played with more and more - Malina sometimes took it over, and a whole episode was centered around it once.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Yzma as Principal Amzy. Kronk is the only one that can't figure it out and she has to repeatedly remind him.
Parental Abandonment: Kuzco, just like in the movie. One episode even deals with a sort of "family Olympics," and he immediately goes to join Pacha's family. He himself claims he was "birthed from a glorious union between the Moon and the Stars." It's even painted Renaissance-style on the school's ceiling. It's implied in another episode that Yzma is behind the disappearance of Kuzco's Dad.
Playing a Tree: Yzma used to play a tree at school plays back when she was a student.
Poor Man's Substitute: It's pretty obvious that J. P. Manoux sounds like David Spade doing a very bad impersonation of David Spade doing a...you get the idea
Put Me In, Coach!: Even when Kuzco learns how to play the game... he never actually scores.
Rage Against the Author: Rage Against The Animators, really. As per the absence of the fourth wall in this series, when Kuzco becomes The Caligula and starts abusing his power in one episode, he fires the colourists (leaving the show penciled in black and white until he rehires them).
Wild Teen Party: Kuzco tries to persuade Malina to throw one while her parents are out of town. She refuses. In the end, he ends up throwing one. At her house. For a bunch of manatees. (It Makes Sense in Context.)
You Mean Xmas: Kuzmas (and Kuzcoween and whatever other holiday they feel like parodying). The most painful is that in the Christmas episode a kid's wish is to see snow... And Kuzco freezes to near-death in the same episode.
Zany Scheme: Just about any plot Yzma comes up with to get rid of Kuzco.