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* AmbiguousDisorder: Kronk is very literal, has difficult lying, misunderstands social cues, vocally repeats things, and finds it hard to focus on something that isnt what hes interested in. All of these are symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Kronk is very literal, has difficult difficulty lying, misunderstands social cues, vocally repeats things, and finds it hard to focus on something that isnt what hes interested in. All of these are symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

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* AdaptationTitleChange: ''The Emperor's New Groove'' is loosely inspired by the novel ''The Emperor's New Clothes''.

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* MagicPotion: Yzma brews various varieties of magic potions, the most plot-important of which is a variety of elixirs that can transform the drinker into another animal. Kuzco drinks one and magically transforms into a llama, and other characters are transformed into other animals such as cows, cats, octopi, lizards, birds, frogs, and more.

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* AGiftForThemselves: Kuzco calls Kuzcotopia, the summer palace he plans to build over Pacha's village, "my birthday present to me."


* 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's act of humanity as evidence.

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* VillainProtagonist: Kuzco, while arguably entertaining, is also irredeemable for the first half of the film. Pacha's As an emperor he is, at best, neglectful to his subjects, and at worst is actively abusive. On a personal level his 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 range from a bridge,]] he concedes angrily that Kuzco proved him wrong. After this admission though, when they are mutually thrown into peril, they cooperate casually rude 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's act of humanity as evidence.cruel.

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* MediumAwareness: To the point Llama!Kuzco talks back at Narrator!Kuzco.


** Yzma is voiced by Eartha Kitt, who is well known for portraying one version of [[Series/Batman1966 Catwoman]]. She displays an example of ToTheBatpole and later [[spoiler:gets transformed into a cat. A cute, but still demonic cat]].

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** Yzma is voiced by Eartha Kitt, who is well known for portraying one version of [[Series/Batman1966 Catwoman]]. She displays an example of ToTheBatpole and later [[spoiler:gets transformed into a cat. A cute, but still demonic cat]]. She's also known for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS02GeKuWQ4 wanting to be evil]].


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 Creator/MarkDindal, whose previous work, ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'', shares much of the same breakneck humor as ''Groove''.

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A ''very'' atypical animated movie from Creator/{{Disney}}. Hugely self-aware and a lot more [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar [[{{Demographically Inappropriate Humour}} 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 Creator/MarkDindal, whose previous work, ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'', shares much of the same breakneck humor as ''Groove''.



* 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 when hes 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 afterward, 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:
--->'''Yzma:''' [[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."
** Before the chase scene where Yzma sends the guards after them, Pacha knocks over the potions and turns them into animals. When one of the guards is turned into a cow he asks to go home and is allowed to. This could be interpreted as a GenderBender joke seeing how the male guard is turned into an exclusively female animal.

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%% * 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
GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming 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 persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading 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 when hes 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 future, please check the movie, they eschew subtlety altogether and trope page to make sure your example fits 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 afterward, 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:
--->'''Yzma:''' [[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."
** Before the chase scene where Yzma sends the guards after them, Pacha knocks over the potions and turns them into animals. When one of the guards is turned into a cow he asks to go home and is allowed to. This could be interpreted as a GenderBender joke seeing how the male guard is turned into an exclusively female animal.
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Yzma: This had better be ''good!''\\

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Yzma: This had better be ''good!''\\''good!''


* DownerBeginning: Downplayed. The films CueTheRain opening is purposefully over dramatic and PlayedForLaughs. But it still has a more somber tone than the rest of the movie, [[HarsherInHindsight especially when you learn why Kuzco is crying in the jungle-]][[spoiler: hes a kid trapped in a BalefulPolymorph who just learned his parental figure wants to kill him and has lost the only real friend hes ever had. [[ABirthdayNotABreak All on his eighteenth birthday.]]]]

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* DownerBeginning: Downplayed. The films CueTheRain opening is purposefully over dramatic and PlayedForLaughs. But it still has a more somber tone than the rest of the movie, [[HarsherInHindsight especially when you learn why Kuzco is crying in the jungle-]][[spoiler: hes a kid trapped in a BalefulPolymorph who just learned his parental figure wants to kill him, no one in the world loves him or care that he's missing, and has lost the only real friend hes ever had. [[ABirthdayNotABreak All on his eighteenth birthday.]]]]


* 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.

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* 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 a handy chart showing ''how'' it doesn't make sense. Everyone immediately stops worrying about it.



* InteractiveNarrator: Narrator!Kuzco. Eventually, Llama!Kuzco tells him to shut the hell up and stop whining.

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* InteractiveNarrator: Narrator!Kuzco. Eventually, Llama!Kuzco tells him to shut the hell up and stop whining.



** 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.

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** 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 end-of-level boss, and Tipo not being able to find his Jump Button.



* {{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.

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* {{Mayincatec}}: The visual designers had a lot of fun with a fantasy Pre-Columbian South America look. Aside from Kuzco's name (Cuzco was the capital of the Incan Empire), the relationship with history is understandably remote.


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* RibbonCuttingCeremony: During Kuzco's character introduction, he cuts a red ribbon and breaks a bottle against a ship's hull a few seconds later.


** Before the chase scene where Yzma sends the guards after them, Pacha knocks over the potions and turns them into animals. When one of the guards is turned into a cow he asks to go home and is allowed to. This could be interpreted as a trance gender joke seeing how the male guard is turned into a commonly female animal.

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** Before the chase scene where Yzma sends the guards after them, Pacha knocks over the potions and turns them into animals. When one of the guards is turned into a cow he asks to go home and is allowed to. This could be interpreted as a trance gender GenderBender joke seeing how the male guard is turned into a commonly an exclusively female animal.


** Before the chase scene where Yzma sends the guards after them, Pacha knocks over the potions and turns them into animals. When one of the guards is turned into a cow he asks to go home and is allowed to. This could be interpreted as a trance gender joke seeing how the male guard is turned into a commonly female animal.




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* SeekingTheIntangible: Downplayed, but the concept of the emperor losing and finding his groove is a theme throughout the film.


* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: Pacha leaves Kuzco when Kuzco insists hes lying to him that Yzma and Kronk want to kill him. [[spoiler: This later turns out to be a mistake when he learns Yzma and Kronk ''do'' want to kill him and he just abandoned his only friend and chances of becoming human again, going home, or regaining his throne for nothing.]]

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* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: Pacha Kuzco leaves Kuzco Pacha when Kuzco he insists hes the latter's lying to him that Yzma and Kronk want to kill him. the former. [[spoiler: This later promptly turns out to be a mistake when he learns Yzma and Kronk ''do'' want to kill him and he just abandoned his only friend and chances of becoming human again, going home, or regaining his throne for nothing.]]

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