Yzma Costume Guide
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Best Yzma Costume Guide

Roll out the purple carpet and polish the throne because Yzma is walking up the Palace stairs with an evil grin on her face. If you couldn’t tell, Yzma is the antagonist of the Disney movie, The Emperor’s New Groove. She’s been the royal advisor to Emperor Kuzco for far too long now and is getting tired of his childish behavior. The things she could do with that kind of power!

Yzma is obsessed with taking over the throne. Yzma will do anything to make it happen, including killing Emperor Kuzco. She’s been more than patient with him, but when he fires her, it becomes personal. With help from her henchman, Kronk, Yzma will craft the perfect plan to kill the emperor. For Yzma’s villainess look you will want to get a Yzma Costume, Purple Body Paint, Purple Heels, Pearl Earrings, and Plastic Test Tubes.

Yzma Cosplay Costumes

It might be a little obvious, but Yzma’s signature color is purple. Her outfit, decorations, lab, and even skin is some shade of purple. She is the only character in the movie connected with the color purple and purple is often associated with madness. Yzma’s animation and character designs take inspiration from Cruella De Vil. But, her mannerisms are a reflection of the expressions of Eartha Kitt during the recording sessions. 

The main thing you need to remember about Yzma’s costume is that it’s both purple and eccentric. Yzma is naive to think she is the most beautiful in the land. So, she dresses like it too. You need to look elegant, wealthy, and (almost) like an empress. Yzma wouldn’t be anywhere without her stupid monkey of an assistant Kronk. Make sure he has the right vial of poison and not some silly potion that could turn the emperor into something like, oh I don’t know, a llama.

Yzma Costume Tips & FAQs

Transform into the delightfully wicked Yzma from “The Emperor’s New Groove” with our detailed costume guide FAQ. Known for her dramatic and flamboyant fashion sense, as well as her hilarious villainy, this guide will help you capture the essence of Yzma’s character, perfect for cosplay events, Halloween, or any occasion where you want to embody this iconic Disney villain.

Yzma's outfit is characterized by its extravagance and unique style. The essential elements include a long, black, form-fitting dress with a purple collar and trim. She also wears a large, purple feather boa and a pair of long, purple gloves. Yzma's outfit is complemented by her distinctive headdress, which is a tall, cylindrical purple hat.

Yzma's makeup is bold and exaggerated. Focus on heavy purple eyeshadow that extends well beyond the eyelids, high arched eyebrows, and bright red lipstick. To emulate her facial features, consider using face paint or makeup to create her high cheekbones and sharp chin. A long, fake eyelash on the lower eyelid will help to achieve her unique look.

Yzma's hair is thin and black, slicked back tightly against her head. If you don’t have similar hair, a tight, black wig can work well. Her headdress is one of her most iconic features; it's a tall, cylindrical hat, usually purple. You can create this using fabric or felt over a supportive base like cardboard.

Yzma's accessories are as dramatic as her outfit. A large, purple feather boa is essential to capture her extravagant style. She also wears long, purple gloves that reach up to her elbows. If possible, include large, round, blue earrings and a matching necklace to complete her look.

Yzma is known for her witty and humorous lines. Including some of her quotes can add a fun element to your costume. Here are some memorable ones: "Pull the lever, Kronk!," "It's brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, I tell you! Genius, I say!," "I’ll turn him into a flea, a harmless, little flea, and then I’ll put that flea in a box, and then I’ll put that box inside of another box, and then I’ll mail that box to myself, and when it arrives... I’ll smash it with a hammer!," "Looking for this? Is that my voice? Is that MY voice? Oh well." and "Wrong lever!" These quotes capture Yzma's eccentric and villainous personality, adding an extra layer of authenticity to your portrayal.


About Yzma

Eartha Kitt voices the diabolical Yzma in the 2000 movie, The Emperor’s New Groove. She has been at the emperor’s side for years, having helped raise him from a baby. Yzma has been as patient as she could be by releasing her anger on stone statues of Kuzco’s head. However, when he fires her, she snaps!

Yzma, with the help of Kronk, heads to her secret lab where she designs the perfect scheme. She plans to invite Kuzco to dinner, as a way to show she has no hard feelings, but will secretly poison his food. The problem is, she entrusts Kronk to administer the poison, and he’s not the smartest guy around. Kronk accidentally switches the vial of poison for a magical potion that turns the emperor into a llama. Yzma tells Kronk to dispose of Kuzco’s body, as he’ll surely be dead either anyway. She quickly assumes his place on the throne.

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