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* ParentalAbandonment: No mention whatsoever is ever made to Kuzco's parents, presumably the previous rulers of the empire. Yzma says at one point that she "practically raised him", so it's easy to see where he got his mean streak from.

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* ParentalAbandonment: No mention whatsoever is ever made to Kuzco's parents, presumably the previous rulers of the empire. However, given that Yzma says at one point that she "practically raised him", so it's easy [Kuzco]" and he’s the ruler of the empire, it’s safe to see where he got his mean streak from.assume they’re long dead.



* WasItAllALie: "Well, yeah! No, wait... uh, yeah. Yeah, it all was a lie... toodles!"

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* WasItAllALie: WasItAllALie:
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"Well, yeah! No, wait... uh, yeah. Yeah, it all was a lie... toodles!"toodles!"
** Kuzco thinks this when he believes Pacha is lying to him that Yzma and Kronk are trying to kill him.
--> '''Kuzco:''' This has all been an act and I almost fell for it!

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* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: Pacha leaves Kuzco when Kuzco insists he’s 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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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: When Pacha tries to perform CPR on Kuzco, his long llama tongue pops out of his mouth and flops on the ground. In reality, llama tongues are ''incredibly'' small; they can only get out of the mouth half an inch.


* AmbiguousDisorder: Kronk is a ''very'' downplayed example, due to his excellent social skills. He just also happens to be ''extremely'' literal-minded and uncoordinated.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Kronk is a ''very'' downplayed example, due to his excellent very literal, has difficult lying, misunderstands social skills. He cues, vocally repeats things, and finds it hard to focus on something that isn’t what he’s interested in. All of these are symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.
--> [[https://youtu.be/89aePH1NTNg [Kronk isn’t] dumb, he’s
just also happens to be ''extremely'' literal-minded and uncoordinated.never quite focused on what everyone else is focused on.]]


* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Who9en Pacha and Kuzco return to Pacha's village and learn that Yzma and Kronk have gotten there before them:

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* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Who9en When Pacha and Kuzco return to Pacha's village and learn that Yzma and Kronk have gotten there before them:


* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: When Pacha and Kuzco return to Pacha's village and learn that Yzma and Kronk have gotten there before them:

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* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: When Who9en Pacha and Kuzco return to Pacha's village and learn that Yzma and Kronk have gotten there before them:


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** Though the TV show takes place before the first movie.

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* AbortedArc: After the opening song, Kuzco is shown several potential brides, only to reject them all. The whole 'choosing a wife' thing is never brought up again.

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* DespairEventHorizon: After learning Yzma and Kronk were planning to kill them and Pacha abandons him, Kuzco gives up hope that he’ll ever be turned back into a human. He goes to a llama herd trying to start a new life.


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* RageAgainsttheReflection: More of a panic than a rage, but Kuzco freaks out when he sees his llama reflection in some water.

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: The waitress at the diner when she gives free appetizers to Kuzco and Pacha on the basis that they're newlyweds.
--> '''Waitress:''' (Completely deadpan) Hot and cripsy pillbug for the happy couple. Mazel Tov.


** Shortly afterwards, 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.

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** Shortly afterwards, 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.



* GratuitousLaboratoryFlasks: Yzma's [[AirQuotes "secret lab"]] features a lot of spiraling glass tubing running throughout the room, but also shelves and shelves of literally a thousand and one bottles of her "[[InsistentTerminology poisons]]" (read: various magical potions). They're all pink in color and are very poorly labelled, making it difficult to distinguish from another. Kronk [[DumbassHasAPoint complains about this]].

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* GratuitousLaboratoryFlasks: Yzma's [[AirQuotes "secret lab"]] features a lot of spiraling glass tubing running throughout the room, but also shelves and shelves of literally a thousand and one bottles of her "[[InsistentTerminology poisons]]" (read: various magical potions). They're all pink in color and are very poorly labelled, labeled, making it difficult to distinguish from another. Kronk [[DumbassHasAPoint complains about this]].



* GreasySpoon: Mudka's Meat Hut, complete with [[HashHouseLingo incomprehensible order lingo]] and an expy of the Big Boy statue outside.

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* GreasySpoon: Mudka's Meat Hut, complete with [[HashHouseLingo incomprehensible order lingo]] and an expy Expy of the Big Boy statue outside.



** "We've been through this... It's a HARP. and you know it."
** "That's a harp... and that's a dress." "''ROBE.''"

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** "We've been through this... It's a HARP. harp, and you know it."
** "That's a harp... and that's a dress." "''ROBE."'' ROBE.''"



* KarmicTransformation: Kuzco, the selfish emperor who plans on destroying Pacha's village to build a pool house for himself, is transformed into a llama by his exil ex-advisor Yzma and forced to work together with Pacha to get back to the palace at which point he starts to become kinder. Ironically, the transformation itself was purely coincidental.

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* KarmicTransformation: Kuzco, the selfish emperor who plans on destroying Pacha's village to build a pool house for himself, is transformed into a llama by his exil evil ex-advisor Yzma and forced to work together with Pacha to get back to the palace at which point he starts to become kinder. Ironically, the transformation itself was purely coincidental.



** 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 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.



** Kronk's leitmotif is a bit more subtle, but the theme that plays when Kronk is sleeping in his tent, recurs in some of his other scenes.

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** Kronk's leitmotif is a bit more subtle, but the theme that plays when Kronk is sleeping in his tent, tent recurs in some of his other scenes.



** In the end [[spoiler: after Kuzco changes back, he claims he was being literal about wanting a "hill that sings" in order to have an excuse not to build Kuzcotopia on top of Pacha's property.]]

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** In At the end [[spoiler: after Kuzco changes back, he claims he was being literal about wanting a "hill that sings" in order to have an excuse not to build Kuzcotopia on top of Pacha's property.]]



* MusicalExposition: The film is not a musical, but it has one song in the beginning, "Kuzco", that sets up the main character as a vain, selfish, and laid-back ruler.

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* MusicalExposition: The film is not a musical, but it has one song in the beginning, "Kuzco", "Perfect World", that sets up the main character as a vain, selfish, and laid-back ruler.



* NightAndDayDuo: Yzma and Kuzco, who seem to represent a sun/moon relationship. During the production stage of the film, it went by the working title ''Emperor of the Sun'' with Kuzco being the titular emperor, who wears colors like red and yellow, bright and warm colors, while Yzma, the dark sorceress, wears mostly black and purple, dark and cold colors.

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* NightAndDayDuo: Yzma and Kuzco, who seem to represent a sun/moon relationship. During the production stage of the film, it went by the working title ''Emperor ''Kingdom of the Sun'' with Kuzco being the titular emperor, who wears colors like red and yellow, bright and warm colors, while Yzma, the dark sorceress, wears mostly black and purple, dark and cold colors.



* NotSoDifferent: From what we see of them both in the beginning of the film, rule under Yzma would be the same as rule under Kuzco--they're both thoroughly self-centered people who care little for others and their well-being. Yzma is what Kuzco is poised to become--him plus a century or two (or three). Kuzco learns to become a better person, while Yzma doesn't bother. The characters never explicitly call this out, but the film does noticeably lampshade it, just like everything else.

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* NotSoDifferent: From what we see of them both in at the beginning of the film, rule under Yzma would be the same as rule under Kuzco--they're both thoroughly self-centered people who care little for others and their well-being. Yzma is what Kuzco is poised to become--him plus a century or two (or three). Kuzco learns to become a better person, while Yzma doesn't bother. The characters never explicitly call this out, but the film does noticeably lampshade it, just like everything else.



* OhCrap: Kuzco has several during his initial trip through the jungle: after accidently tumbling into a jaguar den, [[TheDogBitesBack when the squirrel he mocked seconds before]] blows up a balloon to wake said jaguars, when Kuzco himself accidentally wakes the jaguars anyway and they start chasing him, and when they've backed him up before a steep cliff drop.

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* OhCrap: Kuzco has several during his initial trip through the jungle: after accidently accidentally tumbling into a jaguar den, [[TheDogBitesBack when the squirrel he mocked seconds before]] blows up a balloon to wake said jaguars, when Kuzco himself accidentally wakes the jaguars anyway and they start chasing him, and when they've backed him up before a steep cliff drop.



** Incidentally, this is used as a subtle joke: Yzma's "OneWingedAngel" form is in particular [[spoiler:a kitten]] possibly because Eartha Kitt had previously played [[spoiler:''Catwoman'' on Creator/AdamWest's version of ''Series/Batman1966''.]] She becomes an even more literal [[spoiler: Catwoman]] in the sequel.

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** Incidentally, this is used as a subtle joke: Yzma's "OneWingedAngel" form is in particular [[spoiler:a [[spoiler: A kitten]] possibly because Eartha Kitt had previously played [[spoiler:''Catwoman'' [[spoiler: ''Catwoman'' on Creator/AdamWest's version of ''Series/Batman1966''.]] She becomes an even more literal [[spoiler: Catwoman]] in the sequel.



* 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 interactions with and reactions to Kuzco are based on a belief that "there is some good in everyone", but, [[spoiler:after [[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 [[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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** This is also Kuzco’s reaction when he realizes he has hooves instead of hands.


Kronk: ''Recoils in horror]'' AUGH!!!\\

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Kronk: ''Recoils ''[Recoils in horror]'' AUGH!!!\\

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--->:::''[Kronk bursts into Yzma's tent after an epiphany.]''\\
:::''Kronk:''Yzma!
:::''Yzma:'' ''[sits up, face covered in a goopy beauty mask, complete with cucumbers.]'' WHAT!?
:::''Kronk:'' ''Recoils in horror]'' AUGH!!!
:::''Yzma:'' This had better be ''good!''

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--->:::''[Kronk --->''[Kronk bursts into Yzma's tent after an epiphany.]''\\
:::''Kronk:''Yzma!
:::''Yzma:''
Kronk: Yzma!\\
Yzma:
''[sits up, face covered in a goopy beauty mask, complete with cucumbers.]'' WHAT!?
:::''Kronk:''
WHAT!?\\
Kronk:
''Recoils in horror]'' AUGH!!!
:::''Yzma:''
AUGH!!!\\
Yzma:
This had better be ''good!''''good!''\\


--->''[as the camera pans over Yzma's face]''\\

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--->''[as --->:::''[as the camera pans over Yzma's face]''\\



--->''[Kronk bursts into Yzma's tent after an epiphany.]''\\
'''Kronk:'''Yzma!
''[Yzma sits up, face covered in a goopy beauty mask, complete with cucumbers.]''\\
'''Yzma:'''WHAT!?
'''Kronk:'''AUGH!!!
Recoils in horror]//
'''Yzma:''' This had better be good!
[Cucumbers drop to reveal her glare.]\\

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--->''[Kronk --->:::''[Kronk bursts into Yzma's tent after an epiphany.]''\\
'''Kronk:'''Yzma!
''[Yzma sits
:::''Kronk:''Yzma!
:::''Yzma:'' ''[sits
up, face covered in a goopy beauty mask, complete with cucumbers.]''\\
'''Yzma:'''WHAT!?
'''Kronk:'''AUGH!!!
Recoils
]'' WHAT!?
:::''Kronk:'' ''Recoils
in horror]//
'''Yzma:'''
horror]'' AUGH!!!
:::''Yzma:''
This had better be good!
[Cucumbers drop to reveal her glare.]\\
''good!''

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