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    Emperor Kuzco 
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Voiced by: David Spade, J.P. Manoux (The Emperor's New School, House of Mouse, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, video games), James Arnold Taylor (merchandise)

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.


  • A Child Shall Lead Them: He's 17 in the movie and it's stated that he's been ruling since he was a baby after his father supposedly disappeared at sea.
  • Adorkable: When he's not being as pompous as a peacock, it's pretty easy to see that he's much more socially awkward than he'd like to believe.
  • Aesop Amnesia: By the time of The Emperor's New School, Kuzco has completely forgotten the lesson he learned in the movie, that it's not all about him, and relearns the same lesson in the series at least Once an Episode. To be fair, it was shown in flashbacks during the film that Kuzco has been spoiled rotten since he was in diapers; eighteen years of self-absorption and Jerkassery don't just go away overnight.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While he's extremely attracted to Malina in The Emperor's New School TV series, he's had plenty of moments that hint at something else: his body language and poise are certainly flamboyant, and at the very least Camp Straight, he's disgusted by the women presented to him as potential brides at the beginning of the movie, and his relationship with Pacha has some odd overtones.
  • Animorphism: Over the course of the movie, he gets turned into a llama, a tortoise, a bird and a whale.
  • Animal Motifs: A llama. Transformation aside, his non-royal garb post-movie has a llama on it as well.
  • Anti-Hero: Starts out as a Nominal Hero, but becomes a better person later.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Essentially every animal transformation he goes through in the movie.
  • Beauty Is Bad: He's pretty handsome, and is a total asshole at the film's beginning.
  • Berserk Button: Seriously. DON'T THROW OFF KUZCO'S GROOVE! He'll have you thrown out a window for it.
  • Break the Haughty: Getting turned into a llama is just one step into Kuczo learning to be a better person.
  • The Caligula: Kuzco is a milder version, but he does have an elderly man defenestrated for the crime of "throwing off the emperor's groove".
  • Camp Straight: Kuzco wears big earrings, is quite flamboyant, and has a massive crush on Malina.
  • Catch-Phrase: "No touchy!"
  • Celibate Hero: He actually seems quite asexual in the movie. Averted in the TV series, however.
  • Character Development: He goes from being a self-absorbed, spoiled Jerkass at the beginning of the movie to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who subtly apologizes for his actions at the end.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He obviously had them at one point, but they and their absence are never addressed or even mentioned in the movie itself. One of the only clues we have from elsewhere is that Yzma apparently raised him - which just raises further questions. The cartoon show implied Yzma was the advisor of Kuzco's father, who died in at sea in a crash she may have caused. Afterwards she was the infant Kuczo's regent. Which sort of explains why we first meet her doing Kuzco's job- it's probably what she did until he came of age.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As part of his massive ego he snarks at everyone almost constantly. It eventually gets toned down a fair bit with his Character Development.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the sequel, when Kronk takes the lead. Kuzco only makes sporadic appearances to stop the film and comment on whats going on, and makes a brief appearance in the climax to help out Kronk.
  • Disney Death: After falling down a waterfall, he seemingly drowned. However, when Pacha was trying to give him CPR, we find out that he was just knocked unconscious.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Done hilariously, where a homeless man accidentally bumps into him during his song number, and gets promptly thrown out of the nearest window.
    Kuzco: You threw off my groove!
    Guard: Sorry, you threw off the Emperor's groove.
    Old Man: [as he is falling through the air] SOOOOOOOORRRRYYYYYYYYY!
    • To add insult to injury, if you pay attention, Kuzco actually ran into the old man in the process of his groove. The old man was trying to hobble out of the way and couldn't move fast enough.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He doesn't like cheese on his potatoes. "Cheese me no likie."
  • Eccentric Millionaire: More like "Eccentric Emperor".
  • The Emperor: Kuzco is the emperor of the Kuzconian Empire in Peru.
  • Entitled Bastard: After being turned into a llama, he genuinely expects Pacha to help him even while he openly intends to destroy Pacha's village so he can build a summer home in its place.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: After he saves Pacha from falling, Pacha points out that he could have just let him fall. Kuzco responds by saying "Nobody's that heartless!"
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Subverted. He starts out being completely unable to realize how selfish his plans of overthrowing Pacha's village to build his summer home are and refuses to admit there's good in him. But by the end, he finally starts to have a change of heart and becomes a better person as a result.
  • Evil Gloating: When Pacha falls through the crumbling bridge and Kuzco leaves him to die, he initially crosses safely and sets off home free only an hour away from the palace. Then he turns back and crosses the bridge again just to gloat a little more. This immediately comes back to bite him hard, as he doesn't make it across the bridge a third time and ends up in the same situation.
  • Family of Choice: He comes to think of Pacha's family as his family and vice versa. He even invites them to live with him in the palace after he's crowned emperor, which they accept.
  • Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Pacha's fat.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Pacha during their adventure in the movie.
  • Genre Savvy: Frequently snarks about and/or hangs lampshades the events of the movie.
  • Hates Being Touched: He's very particular about people entering his personal bubble. Towards the end of the movie, he allows certain people to hug him or playfully hit him.
  • Heel Realization: By the 2/3 of the movie.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He saves Pacha from nearly falling to his death...even though he was looking for an oppotunity to be rid of him.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Not only does he agree to have dinner with Yzma after he both fired and flat-out insulted her, kicking off her scheme of killing and usurping him for control over the empire, but he also believes that she and Kronk are trying to locate and bring him home rather than kill him, as Pacha attempted to warn him. Also, it never seems to occur to him that Yzma could be the one behind his transformation into a llama, even when he knows full well that she has a "secret" laboratory where she would be able to create a potion that could change him into a different creature. It takes him overhearing Yzma berate Kronk for botching the poison attempt to break him out of this trope.
    • This case is justified, as Yzma is actually the person who raised him. Not many people would consider their parental-figures meaning them harm and with Kuzco's It's All About Me attitude, it didn't occur to him that Yzma would be angry he fired her.
  • 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.
  • Idle Rich: Very much more concerned with indulging himself than actually taking care of his empire at first.
  • It's All About Me: The page image and possible Trope Codifier.
  • Jerkass: Pre-Character Development. Kuzco was a comically conceited, ignorant, greedy, narcissistic, sarcastic, cowardly, and stubborn brat.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he later acknowledges that he could have been nicer about it, Kuzco was completely in the right to fire Yzma, as she kept trying to rule the empire behind his back. As he himself notes after catching her in the act, her job is to advise him, not do his job for him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Post-Character Development. Kuzco becomes more nice, loyal, good-natured, fun-loving, and polite. He's still comically conceited and ignorant, but not as much as he was in the beginning.
  • Llama Loogie: As he spends most of the movie as a llama, he ends up indulging in this from time to time. At one point he extinguishes a fire by spitting on it.
  • Lean and Mean: Pre-Character Development he was a skinny brat.
  • Meaningful Name: Kuzco means "the center of the world" it was also the capital of the ancient Incan empire which seems to be where the movie takes place.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Selfish, greedy, and lazy.
  • Narcissist: When he realizes he got turned into a llama, the very first thing he throws a tantrum about is that he doesn't have his good looks anymore.
  • Never My Fault: At the beginning of the film, Kuzco blames what happened to him entirely on Patcha and Yzma, stating that they ruined his life for no reason. While both indirectly played a part in leading him there, it was largely his own selfish ways that resulted in where he was. Even he calls himself out on it as part of his Character Development.
  • Not So Different: Really, the differences between him and Yzma are quite superficial. And as it turns out, Yzma raised him, so that figures.
  • Official Couple: With Malina by the series finale.
  • 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.
  • Pretty Boy: He's lithe with some traditionally effeminate features such as shoulder-length hair and a pretty precise grooming process.
  • Pride Before a Fall: His pride sets him up for all the hilarious trauma of the movie.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Subverted; he primarily dresses in red and yellow with a touch of teal in his earrings, but the dominance of red in his design points to his more antagonistic qualities. By the end of the first film, the biggest visual indicator that he's changed is when Chicha gifts him with a green poncho just like Pacha's.
  • Prince Charmless: To the potential brides in the opening. Subverted in that he was already the Emperor at this point. Also to Malina a lot of the time in the show.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: In the movie, he's a selfish, self-centered jerk who plots to bulldoze the entire village for his own profit and almost left Pacha for dead, but had a change of heart and becomes good friends with Pacha. In the series, his selfishness isn't as bad as he was in the movie, and it was out of his stupidity most of the time. However, by Kronk's New Groove, he finished his character development, but is still as flamboyant as ever.
  • 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. He seems to be oblivious to what others think of him until he overhears Yzma and Kronk speak of their plot to kill him and Kronk mentioning how no one cares that he is seemingly dead.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: The only woman that Kuzco is remotely attracted to is Malina, and, in one episode, a princess who looked exactly like her, but her personality made sure he didn't stay with her.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Words just can't describe how he fit this.
  • 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).
  • Title Character: Kuzco is the "Emperor" who gets a "new groove".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His ego gets a nasty, but good drop throughout the movie.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Kuzco's love for Mudkas Meat Mugs, to the point where he tried to eat nothing else in one episode.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Making fun of someone's failed attempt of waking up the jaguars who surround you in order to get you killed is apparently important enough to forget that you shouldn't make a noise in the vicinity either. It very nearly leads to Death by Mocking.
  • 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.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: A narcissistic Jerk Ass at first, who gets a fair share of humiliation before getting better.
  • Uptown Guy: Kuzco, a cocky young South American emperor, and Malina, a beautiful peasant girl.

    Pacha 
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Voiced by: John Goodman (film series, TV series; Season 2), Fred Tatasciore (TV series; Season 1), Bill Farmer (video game)

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.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: Or the hulking, nice ones who can deliver one hell of a punch.
  • Bumbling Dad: Averted. Despite the things that happen to him, he proves to be an effective parent to his kids.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets some pretty good lines in the film as it progresses.
  • Demoted to Extra: He's reduced to a supporting player in Kronk's New Groove, but he does play a role in helping out Kronk in the climax.
  • Fat and Skinny: The fat to Kuzco's skinny.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Kuzco during their adventure in the movie.
  • Gentle Giant: Tall and husky, and definitely pretty strong, but mostly enjoys playing with his kids and talking to llamas.
  • Good Parents: Along with Chicha, he is a kind and loving parent.
  • Happily Married: Has a close and honest relationship with Chicha.
  • Large and in Charge: A large man and the head man of his village.
  • Morality Pet: It's because of Pacha's endless patience and fatherly nature that allowed Kuzco to becomes a better person.
  • Nice Guy: Kind, gentle, fatherly, polite, lovable, caring, sweet, compassionate, and goodhearted.
  • Nice Hat: A brown hat.
  • One Head Taller: He's a full head taller than his wife Chicha.
  • Only Sane Man: Pacha acts as the sane one during his and Kuzco's adventure.
  • Parental Substitute: He acts as a father figure to Kuzco.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: A rare male example. At first Pacha is very polite and affectionate, not saying more than he needs to and even helping a defenestrated old man. But he actually tends to pull Big Damn Heroes moments.
  • The Straight Man: To Kuzco, whenever the younger man acts selfish.

    Yzma 
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"It's brilliant, brilliant, brrrrilliant, I tell you! Genius, I say!"
Voiced by: Eartha Kitt, Grey DeLisle (as a teenager), Candi Milo (currently)

Yzma is the emperor's royal advisor, who 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.


  • Affably Evil: Usually she's Faux Affably Evil, but when a group of her henchmen are turned into animals, one of them asks to go home and Yzma politely excuses him without any hint of anger or annoyance and even asks the others if any of them would like to leave.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: She is a pale shade of lavender, whereas everyone else has a human skin tone.
  • Animorphism: She gets turned into a cat during the climax of the movie.
  • Animal Motif: Between her design, the allusions for her actress and her transformation at the end of the film, Yzma definitely has a Cats Are Mean motif going on.
  • Ax-Crazy: Arguably the craziest Disney Villain to date.
  • Bald of Evil: She wears a variety of extravagant, colourful wigs throughout the movie, but she's shown to be bald when Kronk barges into her tent late in the movie.
  • Benevolent Boss: At least to the royal guards, if not to anyone else. When one of them asks if he can go home on account of being turned into a cow, she excuses him without a second thought and even asks if any of the other guards (who had all been turned into a variety of other animals) would like to be excused.
  • Big Bad: Her efforts to take the throne from Kuzco end up turning him into a llama and end up far away from the palace. Yzma spends the rest of the film trying to hunt down Kuzco to kill him.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Yzma uses a potion in Kronk's New Groove for herself to drink which turns her into a pink bunny. This causes the Senior Citizens including Rudy to gush over her cuteness until she gets carried away by a bird. She is later seen inside a bird's nest and witness two baby birds hatching from the nest she's in and even comments on how cute they both are until they start roaring at her freaking her out.
  • 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!
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "It's brilliant, brilliant, BRILLIANT!"
    • "To the Secret Lab!"
    • "Pull the lever, Kronk!"
    • "Wrong lever!" when Kronk pulls the wrong lever and results in her getting injured.
  • Cats Are Mean: In her cat form.
  • Cute Is Evil: During her cat form and even a bunny in Kronk's New Groove.
  • Chaste Toons: She has twin nephews, Zim and Zam, who were voiced by Dylan and Cole Sprouse.
  • The Chew Toy: Yzma goes through a LOT of abuse throughout the movie, to getting stuck in a swamp with flies, to rolling down a hill, picking up tar and feathers and becoming a human pinata as a result, to getting zapped by a small raincloud that appears out of nowhere while she and Kronk are gliding across a chasm, leading to them falling into said chasm, to getting a chandelier dropped on her (she fits through the hole in the middle of the chandelier). And that's not including her transformation into a kitten and getting slammed into the wall, before ending up a squirrel scout and firmly losing any control she had over Kuzco's empire.
  • The Comically Serious: Particularly when she has to deal with Pacha's kids.
  • Demoted to Extra: She only plays a brief role in the first act of Kronks New Groove, and she vanishes from the film after the fact, save for a brief appearance at the very end.
  • Everybody Knew Already: In the TV series, Yzma's "secret lab" isn't very secret.
    Kuzco: (mockingly imitating Yzma) TO THE NOT-SO-SECRET LAB!
    • He knew about it in the first film, too. He intends to go there to be changed back.
    Kuzco: Yzma's got that "secret lab".
  • Evil Chancellor: She did start out as The Starscream, but became this as Kuzco got better.
  • Evil Laugh: She's a master of these.
  • Evil Old Folks: So old that Kuzco calls her "living proof that dinosaurs roamed the earth".
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow
  • Fan Disservice: Spelled out below (until she becomes a cat). Lampshaded in universe.
    Yzma: I bet you weren't expecting this! (appears to pull up her dress)
    Pacha and Kuzco: *sounds of disgust*
    Yzma: A-HA! (reveals knife that was taped to her leg beneath her dress)
    Pacha and Kuzco: (relieved) Ah, yeah, okay.
  • The Fashionista: She may be scary beyond all reason, but she has a great sense of style. Undoubtedly another trait Kuzco picked up from her.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A platonic example. The Lean and Mean body-type Big Bad to Kronk's hulking Gentle Giant.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: High on the "ineffectual", low on the "sympathetic". But we love her anyway.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Word of God says that her appearance was based on Eartha Kitt herself. They were worried that this would offend her, but it turned out that she actually found it hilarious.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In the original version of the movie this was her motivation, even. And the TV show confirm it: her teenage self is a cutie.
  • Laughably Evil: She's arguably the most comedic character in the film... even though she wants to assassinate an emperor.
  • 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 Mess with Granny: She may be unusually old, but she's very agile and can still perform acrobatic feats.
  • 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.
    • She also treated Kuzco firing her as an act of pure betrayal and calls him an "ungrateful little worm" while lamenting that he would do such a thing to her when she "practically raised him". She fails to acknowledge the fact that 1. he fired her for trying to rule behind his back, and 2. her raising him was probably what caused him to turn out this way in the first place (something Kronk unwittingly lampshades).
  • Nice Hat: A mane of some sort.
  • Not So Harmless: At the climax of the movie, she goes from bumbling and ineffectual to threatening enough to send Kuzco and Pacha running for their lives.
  • Odd Friendship: With Kronk in the TV series—they get along surprisingly well beyond just being partners and she's even referred to as his best friend, which Kuzco is naturally baffled by.
  • One-Winged Angel: Hilariously parodied when she gets turned into a fluffy little kitten, doubling this with Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Her alter-ego of Principal Amzy doesn't really fool Kuzco, but Kronk can never seem to recognize her until the series finale where he reveals he knew all along and sums up why her disguise was so weak.
  • 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".
  • Regent for Life: Attempts this, but when Kuzco fires her she moves to a more direct method and tries to kill him to be the official ruler.
  • Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear: Yzma is transformed into a nearly harmless kitten near the end of the movie.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Despite being an elderly and frail-looking woman, Yzma gets most of the slapstick-styled comedy.
  • Smug Snake: All of her plans are either too convoluted to actually work or doomed to fail from the start, and yet she's under the assumption that she's an evil genius.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Or rather one idiot, Kronk, but the effect is the same.
  • 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 trying to use him as a puppet.
  • Unfortunate Names: In the ancient Peruvian language called Quechua, Yzma means "Shit".
  • The Usurper: She decides to become this after Kuzco fires her.
  • 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. A flashback in the Halloween Episode makes it more confusing, as Yzma is shown to have looked exactly the same as she does now back when Kuzco was a toddler. If anything, she's older than anyone can possibly imagine.
  • Vain Sorceress: In the original draft of the film, Yzma was obsessed with restoring and maintaining her youth by bringing about eternal night, as reflected by her Villain Song, "Snuff Out The Light". And vain is one of the more accurate words to describe her in the finished film as well, if her outrageously extravagant and tacky outfits along with all beauty creams are any indication.
  • Villain Decay: She goes from being the driving threat of the first film to a small time crook in Kronks New Groove.
  • 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.

    Kronk 
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"Oh yeah: it's all coming together."

Yzma's current sidekick (she swaps them out every decade or so), who was clearly hired more for muscles than for brains. Despite working for Yzma, he's a chill guy with a sunny demeanor who'll go with her Zany Schemes no matter what they require of him. Also a Friend to All Living Things, a Supreme Chef, and a Nice Guy who struggles with deep theological conundrums. Wait, why is he a bad guy again?


  • Adorkable: Despite his Heroic Build, Kronk definitely qualifies. He's a gentle giant, quite clumsy, and his ditzy nature only adds to his charm. If that wasn't enough, the guy is can speak fluent squirrel!
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Kronkie-Poo" by Birdwell.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: His last name is Pepikrankenitz, and he imagines himself getting married by a rabbi in a traditional Jewish ceremony. What a Jewish character is doing in pre-Columbian South America is anyone's guess.
  • Anti-Villain: He's only a villain by working with Yzma. Otherwise, he couldn't be a nicer guy.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick, black eyebrows.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Birdwell. Both are friendly chipmunk scout leaders (making them both Friend to All Children), love baking, are Spirited Competitors, and are amazing dancers.
  • Breakout Character: He got his own Direct-to-Video sequel.
  • Brown Note: "I never liked your spinach puffs! Never!"
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Kronk is capable of incredible superhuman athletics, such as running from a school to his house and back in mere seconds, and running up a mountain (while having a seat tied to his body with Yzma riding atop). Through the series, it is learned that Kronk comes from a family of athletic health and fitness advocates.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Kronk's ditzy nature is quite...unique.
  • Deadpan Snarker: High on the 'deadpan', low on the 'snarky'. But he still has some of the funniest lines in the film. Slightly moreso in the TV series:
    Yzma: (regarding her age) I'm only 48!
    Kronk: In dog years, maybe.
  • The Dragon: To Yzma, being her right-hand man and the secondary antagonist of the first film and TV series.
  • Dumb Muscle: Kronk is very muscular, but is incredibly naive and childish.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: When Yzma figures out that Kronk accidentally gave Kuzco llama extract instead of poison, Kronk rather fairly points out that all of Yzma's vials look the same and she should figure out a better way to label them.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When he drops Llama!Kuzco in the river, he's genuinely concerned about him dying. Even though this is what Yzma wants, he can't bring himself to kill someone.
  • Extreme Doormat: Him being so docile and accepting is what makes him put up with all of Yzma's constant abuse and Kuzco's constant egomania. Of course, after his Heel–Face Turn he stops being a doormat to Yzma.
  • Friend to All Children: Kronk turns out to be great with kids, as seen when he plays with Tipo and Chaca. He's also a chipmunk scout leader.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He can communicate with animals, and is especially fluent in speaking with squirrels.
  • 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. Moreover he as a surprising analytical insight where many others seem to fail, he was the first to figure out that Pacha was with the transformed Emperor trying to help him get back. Although he's a little slow on the uptake he can figure things out pretty quickly too, even guessing what the evil Yzma was planning beforehand ahead of anyone else.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a huge man with a huge heart.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Has a pair of these, which basically look like himself dressed as a stereotypical angel and devil respectively. They're also Cloudcuckoolanders like him, so their conversations tend to quickly go off the rails. He's the only one who can see them, so it deeply confuses others when they see him talking to them.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end of the movie.
  • Hidden Depths: Let us count the ways:
    • He's a Supreme Chef and he gets Hash House Lingo right away.
    • He used to take interpretive dance, though he usually had to be in the back due to weak ankles.
    • He's fluent in the languages of woodland creatures, including squirrel.
    • He's quite skilled at various kinds of jump rope and seems to genuinely bond with Pacha's kids over it.
    • He balks when Yzma orders him to break down the closet door in Pacha's house, pointing out that it's hand-carved mahogany.
    • It was revealed in The Emperor's New School episode "Oops, All Doodles" that Kronk has a talent for drawing.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: "... and I never liked your spinach puffs!"
  • Late to the Realization: One of his best moments.
    Kronk (wakes up late at night): The peasant! At the diner...
    *beat*
    Kronk: ...He didn't pay his cheque! (falls back asleep)
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Kronk is a Gentle Giant who enjoys baking and other similar hobbies. His father who is introduced in the sequel is a short statured man who doesn't view such things as being merits of someone he would consider as successful. Upon seeing the lengths Kronk's friends would do to help him out and their overall view of him however, Kronk's father gives his approval in light of his son's character rather than the standards that he personally believes in.
  • 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.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Yzma criticizing his spinach puffs is enough for him to turn against her in the climax.
  • Nice Guy: Kronk is shy, good-hearted, likable, friendly, docile, helpful, gentle, and honest.
  • Odd Friendship: Hits it off pretty quickly with Bucky the Squirrel. Helped by the fact that Kronk is fluent in squirrel.
  • Official Couple: With Birdwell in the sequel.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Working for Yzma is just a job for him. He doesn't hold any malice towards Kuzco.
  • Real Men Cook: Kronk is revealed to be a great chef, who can make such things, as spinach puffs and fondue. He also has a secret recipe for foie gras. Kronk knows a variety of recipes, as revealed in the first film when he takes over for the chef when the chef quits his job after being criticized by Kuzco. He's also surprisingly good with kitchen talk.
    Kronk: "Three oikers wearing pants, a plate of hot air, basket of Grandma's breakfast, and change the bull to a gill. Got 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.
  • Smart Ball: Kronk typically ends up being the Only Sane Man in his Good Angel, Bad Angel scenes.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Kronk can talk to little woodland creatures, thanks to his Junior Chipmunk training.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When his father is shown in the DTV sequel, Kronk looks exactly like him. The only differences are his father's grey hair and short stature.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: He talks to squirrels.
  • Supreme Chef: He can cook anything.
  • 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Kronk's affinity for spinach puffs, which he is borderline obsessed with.
  • 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.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He accidentally gives Yzma the idea to kill Kuzco.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: All he wants is a thumbs-up from his dad. Granted, the guy isn't very hard to please, as Papi claims that seeing Kronk seemingly having forgotten about cooking and talking animals is more than enough for him. He gets one.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Astoundingly, after he forgets which goblet holds the poisoned drink, he manages to play a mean game of this. Kronk proceeds to mix all three drinks so that they are all poisoned, communicate this fact to Yzma, and covertly dispose of his own drink while Kuzco remains none the wiser.

    Chicha 
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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.


  • Action Mom: She's pregnant so she doesn't do much in the way of action, but she's pretty quick with a Frying Pan of Doom
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Not for Kuzco's death but celebrated with her children when Kuzco was graduating and finally going to move out of their home.
  • As You Know: Says this to Yzma.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Uses a frying pan to hit Kuzco (still a llama) after he scared her.
  • Good Parents: Along with Pacha, she is a kind and loving parent.
  • Happily Married: Has a close and open relationship with Pacha.
  • Neat Freak: When Pacha reports that Kuzco refused to see him, Chicha gets so frustrated that the only thing she can do to let off steam is to go and wash something. Naturally, Kuzco's slovenliness tends to irk her
  • Nice Girl: She's a loving wife towards Pacha and a loving mother towards her children.
  • Parental Substitute: She admits to Kuzco in one episode that he's like a son to her, though she doesn't want him to call her mommy.
  • Pregnant Badass: Yes, in a Disney animated film. Played more realistically than usual in that she's very late in the pregnancy, but pulls this off with the help of her other kids.

    Chaca 
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Voiced by: Kellyann Kelso (1st film), Jessie Flower (2nd film and series)

Pacha and Chicha's oldest child and only daughter. Chaca gets into fights with her brother, Tipo and is quite talkative.


    Tipo 
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Voiced by: Eli Russell Linnetz (1st and 2nd flm), Shane Baumel (series)

Pacha and Chicha's middle child and oldest son. Tipo gets into fights with his sister, Chaca and wants to be just like his dad.


  • Ascended Extra: Tipo gets more screentime in the sequel.
  • Cassandra Truth: "I had a dream that Dad was tied to a log and was careening out of control down a raging river of death!" Turned out he was right.
  • Friend to Bugs: One of the things Tipo likes is bugs.
  • Nice Guy: Tipo has a kind and fun-loving personality.
  • Sibling Team: With Chaca when they distract Yzma with their mother.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: A sibling version. With Tipo. Justified since she's older.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Implied. Tipo greatly admires his father and wants to be just like him.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Like Chacha, Tipo is very smart for his age and helps his mother and sister distract Yzma so his father and Kuzco can escape back to the palace. He and Chacha also very often help Kuzco out in the TV series.

    Bucky the Squirrel 
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Voiced by: Bob Bergen

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!" He later tells Kronk, and by extension Yzma, which way Kuzco went, where before they were utterly lost.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Kuzco was undoubtedly a complete jerk to him for no reason whatsoever, but trying to feed him to a pack of jaguars does seem a tad harsh, don'tcha think? Beware the Nice Ones, indeed.
  • Nice Guy: Offers an acorn to anyone he meets.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Bucky reappears in the sequel as Kronk's "sidekick" of sorts. He is also a part of Kronk's Squirrel Scouts organization.
  • Odd Friendship: With Kronk. Helped by the fact that Kronk is fluent in squirrel.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Like any squirrel, Bucky is fond of nuts and acorns.

    Birdwell 
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Voiced by: Tracey Ullman

Birdwell is the troop captain of her "Chippers" and the Love Interest of Kronk in the sequel.


    Malina 
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Voiced by: Jessica DiCicco

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.
  • Animal Motifs: It's subtle, but she's loosely associated with birds. She is seen wearing a poncho with a bird on it at one point, matching Kuzco's llama poncho, and about the only time she's transformed by one of Yzma's animal potions, she becomes a parrot.
  • Broken Ace: Shows this in Season 2. She is driven to excel almost to the point of having a nervous breakdown if she doesn't do everything perfectly perfect (a prime example of a Type A personality).
  • Characterization Marches On: Starts out as a borderline Canon Sue, but eventually is given flaws; notably, she's made into a perfectionist and occasionally a control freak. And she's noted to be a bit competitive, to the point that even Kuzco thinks she's scary.
    Malina: I love winning!
  • Control Freak: On a bad day.
  • Death Glare: The "Malina Stare", something that both Kuzco and Kronk are terrified of. It's even accompanied by ''Psycho'' Strings.
  • Dude Magnet: Malina has attracted a number of men, including Kuzco; if you remember from the first movie, he showed absolute disinterest in all of the attractive women who he was to choose for a bride.
  • He Is 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 in disaster.
  • Morality Pet: The only times Kuzco will do something selfless is when Malina wants him to.
  • Nice Girl: Malina has a very high moral mindset.
  • Not So Above It All: Though usually the Only Sane Woman, occasionally 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.
  • Official Couple: With Kuzco by the series finale.
  • Only Sane Woman: She will usually be the one to be the most rational when it comes to some kind of craziness or Kuzco's selfishness.
  • 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 egotism.

    Papi 
Voiced by: John Mahoney

Introduced in Kronk's New Groove, Papi is Kronk's father, and while he can be a very harsh, overly strict individual, he does have a more benevolent side too.


  • Abusive Parents: Kronk's quite terrified of him, and sure enough, he comes across as being rather awfully stern and domineering toward his son, not to mention he always rubbed in young Kronk's face his distaste regarding Kronk's hobbies such as cooking and talking to animals, which he seems to consider stereotypically girly and unfit for a man. However, his care for his son is genuine nonetheless, and he does love Kronk, albeit in his own Drill Sergeant Nasty manner.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": A dad named Papi (The word Papi being a diminutive of "Papá", the spanish word for dad).
  • Anti-Climax: His imposing silhouette in Kronk's flashback seemingly makes him out to be a rather tall, almost monstrous individual. Sure enough, when Papi comes to Mudka's near the end of the movie, we hear gigantic footsteps coming from him as he approaches the restaurant... and he turns out to be a rather short-sized man. Don't let that fool you though.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Papi may act like an army general toward Kronk most of the time, but his love for his son is genuine, and he happily gives Kronk the thumbs-up he desired so much upon seeing how far he has come, followed by him and Kronk embracing.
  • Beta Couple: He eventually meets and falls in love with Mudka's waitress.
  • Big Bad: Stern as Papi is, he's by no means a villain, but nonetheless, his impending arrival and Kronk's fear of disappointing him are what drives the main conflict in the sequel, making him the closest thing to this trope in the movie, given Yzma plays a more minimal role this time.
  • The Dreaded: Kronk is utterly scared of what will happen to him if Papi sees he did not live to his expectations, and even shows a list of furious expressions he might make when he finds out Kronk is a cook. Even Pacha and others seem to find him slightly intimidating.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He constantly behaves like this around Kronk, barking out military orders to him, and when he meets Chaka and her little brother under the lie that they are Kronk's sons, he angrily orders them to stand tall and say their name and ages. Granted, this one is more understandable, as Papi first asked them kindly to introduce themselves, but since they refused to answer out of fear, he had to yell at them.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He greatly disaproves of Kronk's fondness for cooking and talking to animals, and would rather prefer for him to settle down with a family on a nice house on a hill, but eventually changes his mind in the end.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Indeed, upon finding out his son ultimately did not achieve any of the things he hoped for him (Wife, children, and a house on the hill) and became a cook, Papi's utterly furious and disappointed, and even outright says that Kronk caring more for his friends prevented him from obtaining the whole house-on-the-hill-and-family thing. However, once he hears Kronk did win those things, but lost them by making many sacrifices for the ones he cared about, he comes to terms with this, and rewards his son's selflessness with a thumbs-up and a hug. Awww.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He seems somewhat elderly and is very short.
  • Skyward Scream: After the fondue explodes and floods everything, pretty much destroying Kronk's lie...
  • Stout Strength: He's a little portly, but far from a slob.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kronk looks quite a good deal like Papi, having a similar head, upper body and even the same hair style as him.
  • The Napoleon: What he lacks in height, he makes up for it with his belligerent attitude.
  • Tempting Fate: Upon meeting Kronk's "family" at Mudka's, he says he's starving and hopes the chef knows what he's doing, completely oblivious at that moment of Kronk's poor attempt at mantaining his lie.

Alternative Title(s): The Emperors New School

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