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  • Kuzco basically telling his narrator self— who has been labeling himself as a victim who didn't deserve anything that happened to him— to piss off during the halfway point, signaling his character development.
  • When Kuzco and Pacha use a back to back wall climbing method the second time.
  • "Bring it on." It's quoted a lot in regards to this movie, but the gravity of the situation tends to be lost... Kuzco and Pacha really have no reason to believe they'll survive that trip over the waterfall.
    • When they go over the falls, you can hear Kuzco screaming "BOOYAH!"
  • Pacha forgiving Kuzco in the meadow. When you consider that Kuzco double-crossed him twice (and mocked him about it), it shows incredible moral character. He doesn't even need the apology Kuzco tries to give him.
  • A minor example is the palace dinner scene, where Kronk manages to gloss over losing track of which drink had the poison in it by mixing all the drinks together. He even manages to remember to warn Yzma not to drink hers. For a big ditzy guy with the attention span of a teaspoon, that's pretty impressive.
    • When he's mistaken for the cook at Mudka's, Kronk looks on in shock as he's given the long, rapid-fire list of orders, even trying to correct the waitress beforehand. But when asked if he got it all, he repeats the whole order in Hash House Lingo without missing a beat and not only delivers it, but excels and keeps right on cooking.
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    • It doesn't work, but after Yzma insults Kronk's food, he throws a chandelier on her. Don't mess with nice guys!
  • At the beginning of the movie, when Kuzco was selfish enough to demolish a village to build his summer home, he gives Pacha a thinly veiled threat. The awesome part is that, out of context, it would sound corny. But David Spade makes it sound so chilling...
    When I give the word, your little town thingy will be bye-bye. (changes tone) Bye-bye!
    • Pacha deserves a bit of credit in that scene, too. Despite Kuzco being the ruler of the entire kingdom, and guards surrounding him, he still stands up to the emperor and prepares to tell him off for being such a Jerkass: "Wait, you can't—" He even seems ready to get physical with Kuzco, which takes a lot of chutzpah.note 
  • Speaking of, Pacha decking Kuzco certainly counts, too.
    Pacha: You okay? You alright?
    Kuzco: Yeah. Yeah, I think I'm alright!
    Pacha: Good! *POW!* That's for going back on your promise!
  • As the now-llama Kuzco is barking at Pacha to help him get back to the palace, Pacha silently realizes that the odds are now in his favor (as Kuzco would be completely helpless without him) and, after thinking about it for a moment, gives Kuzco an ultimatum with cool confidence.
    "Build your summer home somewhere else."
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    • Ever after Kuzco gets back in his face with an attitude, Pacha refuses to back down: either Kuzco doesn't build his summer home on Pacha's land or Pacha doesn't help him. If not for his crisis of conscience, he'd have been perfectly fine with Kuzco wandering off into the jungle to potentially get himself killed.
    • And later, when they're alone in the jungle together and Kuzco flat-out ORDERS him to take him back to the palace, Pacha calmly refuses unless he leaves his village in peace. He's probably the first person to ever tell Kuzco 'no' and get away with it.
  • Kuzco's concern for letting Pacha leave his family with Yzma and Kronk is quickly proven to be unfounded, as they make quick work of Yzma, with Kronk, naturally, none the wiser, with nary a struggle. Badass Family indeed!
    • Also a minor one for Kuzco as well. Shows that he really does care about others after all.
  • This falls with Awesome Music as well, the musical track that accompanies the chase scene is an awesome piece of music, a fun swing jazz arrangement that sets the scene perfectly, and it's also fun to listen to by itself. It's called Run Llama Run.
  • Even in her kitten form, Yzma is still a threat and tears into Kuzco and Pacha and nearly manages to get the potion several times.

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