- There's something disturbingly sociopathic about Kuzco cheerily saying he plans to destroy Pacha's village all to build a birthday summer home to his ego and does not care if Pacha, his family, and his village have lived there for generations and will be homeless or end up dying from having nowhere else to go after the fact. Not too far from what happened to many by tyrannical rulers in Real Life as history will tell you. The sing song tone he has about ruining lives really clinches that the young emperor was as evil as Yzma at one point.Kuzco: Boo-yah! Welcome to Kuzcotopia, my ultimate summer getaway, complete with water slide!Pacha: What?Kuzco: Isn't it great? It's my birthday gift to me! I'm so happy!Pacha: Um...I don't understand how this could happen.Kuzco: Well, let me clear it up for you. At my birthday celebration tomorrow, I give the word and your town will be destroyed to make way for this...(hums carnival tune for his resort display on top of Pacha's village) So, if I were you, I'd pick up some change-of-address forms on the way home.Pacha: But, um, where will we live?Kuzco: Hmm...Don't know. Don't care. How's that?Pacha: Wait! You can't— (gets blocked by guards)(Kuzco, appalled that a peasant has just dared to talk back to him, halts mid-stride, turns back around and gets in Pacha's face.)Kuzco: (in a chillingly hushed voice) When I give the word, your little town thingy will be bye-bye. (Happily) Bye-bye!Pacha: Wait! (gets dragged off)Kuzco: (mocking) Boo-hoo!
- A deleted scene, depicting the guards destroying a cardboard cutout of Pacha's village, is surprisingly intense and shows what would happen had Kuzco gone along with destroying it.
- The moment Kuzco enters in the jungle, he witnesses a poor fly getting stuck in a spider web. As the unlucky insect starts calling out for help, a vicious-looking Giant Spider approaches its helpless prey and devours it alive in a single gulp. Kuzco's understandable reaction to the scene is the quote for this page.
- Kuzco being surrounded by several vicious jaguars. It's very unnerving thanks to their black fur. The panicking llama sprints for his life, eventually reaching a dead end at the edge of a cliff. Good thing Pacha arrived just in time.
- Also, the whole reason Kuzco's surrounded by jaguars? He threw an acorn at a squirrel's head just to be rude, and after he trips and falls into the clearing where the jaguars are sleeping, the squirrel follows him, inflates a balloon which he ties in the shape of Kuzco, and then pops it with a thorn, taking sheer joy in Kuzco's horrified expression. Granted, the pop fails to wake the jaguars up... but then Kuzco makes the mistake of shouting "HAH!" to taunt the squirrel afterwards, and that does wake them up. And the jaguars wake up mad.
- Many of the angry faces and eye-twitching Yzma makes. She's hideous, unfathomably old and a complete psycho. She is indeed scary beyond all reason.
Yzma: I'm not going to drop [the potion], you fool! I'm going to drink it! And once I'm back to my beautiful self, I'm going to KILL YOU!
- Yzma with the cucumber facial. Kronk's reaction is spot on.
- Yzma as a kitty manages to be scary when she says this to Kuzco (though it quickly becomes Nightmare Retardant when her Evil Laugh is cut short by her struggling to get the vial open).
- Yzma apparently had a hand in raising Kuzco and just the thought of having someone you viewed as a parent to you trying to kill you is just unsettling.
- It bears mentioning that in the videogame adaptation, Yzma's crocodiles are more competent than they were in the movie.
- It's rather disturbing to consider that the only thing that prevented Yzma from actually killing Kuzco was that the label on the vial was peeling off and Kronk mistook it for poison. Imagine if they had been labeled correctly. Plus, it's the same if Kronk wasn't so incompetent and found the correct vial, which means he basically had saved Kuzco's life...
Nightmare Fuel / The Emperor's New Groove