Western Animation: Chozen

Ten years ago, Phil Cullens (voiced by Saturday Night Live cast member Bobby Moynihan) was a popular Straight Edge rapper, doing school functions and the like. There was a wrench in this situation though: Phantasm, the Ax-Crazy thug of the group he was in.

When Phil confronted Phantasm over a room full of kidnapped girls, drugs, hookers, and guns, he was knocked out and framed.

One ten year stretch later, Phil is out. But he's a different man now. He's Chozen. Badass ex-con, and unashamed lover of handsome men everywhere.

Crashing with his sister, Chozen sets out to reach the top of the rap game, and put Phantasm in his place for what he did.

Chozen was paired up with Archer on the FX lineup, debuting on Jan. 13, 2014. Unfortunately, the series struggled to find an audience (being scheduled against the runaway hit Rick and Morty didn't help), and the series was cancelled shortly after its first season finale.

Tropes

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While Tracy is chewing out Chozen in the series premiere, this happens:
    Tracy: "You're drunk, you're a mess, and worst of all, you lied to me about not renting that stupid movie!
  • Ax-Crazy: Phantasm is a complete nut. Force feeding meat to kidnapped vegetarians, stealing Ricky's cat and mailing a taunting letter written in his fur, videotaping himself massaging a naked Crisco's mom...the list goes on.
  • Badass Gay: Chozen is a big dude, and he can knock two giant jocks out without breaking a sweat.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Chozen to Hunter. Hunter wants a relationship while Chozen only uses him for sex. At least until Hunter dumps him in "Boy's Night".
  • Big Brother Worship: Tracy admits Phil was her hero before he went to prison. It's why she still puts up with him after he gets out.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Chozen, who goes from an Adorkable chubby teenager to a husky, Big Fun gangster.
  • Chess Master: Phantasm one-ups Chozen's attempt to catch him on video with a MTF transsexual by getting an FTM transsexual to sleep with Chozen. He even says he already had the guy on staff just for situations like that.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Phantasm is this. It's mentioned to be the only reason he got into Phil's original group.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: King Pickle. A corrupt scumbag who hosts cuckold parties (parties where married men watch their wives have sex with other men) and keeps two guys dressed as plums chained in his closet.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: The girl dubbed Onion Pussy whom Crisco meets at a strip club. They even have a conversation about said nickname (they went to high school together) and Crisco still has no idea who she is or what the nickname was before the nickname's source identifies her.
  • Genius Ditz: Chozen isn't the brightest guy, but he can write and spit rhymes like a total pro.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Discussed by Crisco and Ricky while hiding in Ricky's house from a Scary Black Man with a scar on his face. He was just there to repo Ricky's TV.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Esmeralda, the local prostitute in Ricky's neighborhood.
  • Henpecked Boyfriend: Much as he denies it, Crisco is completely at his girls beck and call.
  • Hermaphrodite: Bobbi, whom Chozen meets at the campus LGBT support group.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Chozen tries to trick Phantasm into a compromising position with Bobbi, Phantasm winds up tricking him into sleeping with his transman bodyguard.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Subverted in episode 10. Troy tries to get away from Phantasm's guards by hiding like Altair, but they immediately notice him.
    Troy: Assassin's Creed is bullshit!
  • Interrupted Intimacy: When we first she Tracy, she's on the couch having sex with her boyfriend. And then Chozen breaks in by climbing through her window, which leads to her boyfriend leaving moments later.
  • Karma Houdini: So far, Phantasm has received no comeuppance for his actions.
    • Until the season 1 finale. When Chozen owns him on the mic in front of a giant crowd, punches him and makes him piss himself.
  • Lampshade Hanging: At the LGBT meeting in episode 3 they're talking about "The media and its portrayal of gay men as shallow oversexed deviants with no respect for family values", which Chozen himself admits pretty much describes him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Jamal, the inmate that raped Phil in the shower later gets the same treatment once Phil becomes "Chozen".
  • Loveable Sex Maniac: Chozen. If he's not trying to get his record out there, he's flirting with any mildly handsome dude in the vicinity.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. Chozen takes a dump (with the bathroom door open, no less) in the series premiere.
  • Obviously Evil: Phantasm from the word go.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: The season 1 finale rap battle between Phantasm and Chozen has them backlit by orange and blue lighting respectively.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Though he had shades of it before he went in, Phil really embraces this as he becomes Chozen.
  • Prison Rape: How he met his ex Jamal. Originally the target of this, Phil (after he became Chozen) later returned the favor.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Chozen does this to two jocks hassling Troy.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Chozen is the Manly Man to Sensitive Guys Troy and Hunter.
  • Stacy's Mom: Brenda, Phil and Tracy's mother, much to Tracy's chagrin.
  • Staging an Intervention: After Chozen's rekindled romance with his prison boyfriend Jamal leads to tensions with his friends, they stage an intervention to try and convince him that Jamal's a bad influence.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Part of the first episode takes place at an establishment called "Cheezy Charlie" (not to be confused with the one from Family Guy and The Cleveland Show).
  • The Tooth Hurts: The end result of Ricky getting a janky-ass grill during "I'm With The Contraband".
  • Toxic Friend Influence: After Chozen's ex, Jamal, gets out of prison, he reconnects with Chozen and immediately begins screwing up every part of his life. After he tries to convince Chozen to rob a shoe store, he finally gets sick of Jamal's shit and they break up quite violently.
    • Chozen himself. Until Chozen had reentered their lives, Crisco and Ricky had been working steadily in the children's party circuit. Not exactly glamorous but it's work. They spend most of the season supporting Chozen's rise to fame instead.
  • X Called; They Want Their Y Back: "By the way, Katy Perry wants her titties back."