Western Animation / Chozen

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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. Only 10 episodes aired, with three unaired episodes being included on the Amazon DVD.

Tropes:

  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Chozen could be the page image. He has sex with any man even remotely attractive, openly mocks the concept of gay marriage and makes fun of an LBGT support group for promoting "vanilla homosexuality".
  • 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.
    • In the unaired episode 12, he becomes more normal when his dad/butler takes him back to the southern town their family came from, and Phantasm falls in love with a young woman named Dawn, who he begins a normal life with. When her husband, who she thought had died in Afghanistan, unexpectedly returns, she feels she cant leave him. Phantasm takes it VERY poorly, and burns down Main Street.
  • 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 and treats him like crap. Hunter finally dumps him in "Boys Night" after he hangs out in an exclusive gay club and realizes how unhealthy his and Chozens relationship is.
    • In Chozen's defense (in that its understandable if not excusable), this is the way relationships work in prison, which is where he spent most of his formative years.
    • Chozen is on the recieving end of this when his prison boyfriend Jamal is released from jail and the two rekindle their relationship. Jamal is possessive, alienates all of Chozens friends and then tries to force him to rob a sneakers store with him.
  • 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.
    • Jamal, physically anyway. Personality-wise he's an asshole.
  • Big Eater: Chozen eats a lot, and is often shown having a huge pile of food on his plate when eating at the college cafeteria.
  • 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.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The unaired episode 12 focuses on Phantasm returning to his dads hometown to recuperate after a breakdown and falling in love with a waitress, with Chozen reduced to a short B-plot about pretending he's his parole officers date to a wedding.
  • 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. He also tricks his employees into basically sgning their away their lives to him, putting up a genial facade while in reality he just uses and throws people away.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Chozen is essentially an animated version of Bobby Moynihan's "Pepper guy" character from Saturday Night Live.
  • Freudian Excuse: Chozen became the way he is because of ten years in prison, where he had to became a jerk just to survive.
  • 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. It's a local tradition for boys to lose their virginity to her, and the tradition has been going for generations.
  • The Hedonist: While Chozen qualifies, he's actually by far outpaced by Jimmy, his roadie/manager. Jimmy both uses and sells drugs, engages in all manner of depraved sex acts while filming them for sale online, and has a long history of the indulgences in the music businesses.
  • Henpecked Husband: Boyfriend variant. 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.
  • Here We Go Again: The season 1 finale ends the way the show started, by Chozen being arrested (though this time he's actually guilty). He even says the same line: "Oh boy..."
  • 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 see 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.
    • Chozen bursts in on two businessmen having sex in a public bathroom. He then tells them they "aint doing it right", and then engages in a threesome with them.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Phantasm's romance with Dawn (and his redemption) ends quite poorly when her husband, previously thought to be dead, return and Phantasm walks right into their reunion. Dawn feels that she cant just leave her husband who literally fought his way out of Afghanistan just to come back to her, and asks Phantasm if he can understand. Phantasm ponders for a moment...then tells her "Naah", and sets fire to the towns main street, reverting to his original jerkass persona
  • It's All About Me: Chozen. Constantly takes advantage of Ricky, Crisco and Tracy and pretty much expects them to put their lives on hold to help with his rap career.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Phantasm was right that Chozen was constantly stealing the spotlight and pushing him out of rhymes when they were playing together. Of course, that doesnt excuse Phantasm framing Chozen for HIS crimes when Chozen was going to call the cops.
  • 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 Chozen in the shower later gets the same treatment once Chozen bulks up.
  • 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.
  • Man Child: Jambi, the mentally handicapped adult son of Esmeralda, the local prostitute. To even reach Esmeralda, potential clients have to distract him, usually with board games.
  • Nobody Over Fifty Is Gay: Averted with one of the "reject" gays that arent allowed into Cathedral, an exclusive gay club that caters to the absolute top percentile of the gay scene. The group is inofficially led by an elderly gay man who often waxes lyrical about his past in the gay scene when it was illegal. Among other things, he mentions being involved in the Stonewall riots.
  • 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.
  • Pet the Dog: Phantasm really loves his pet leopard. When it accidently kills itself trying to catch a bird in episode 12, he's inconsolable
  • 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. Jamal claims later that he "let Chozen pin him".
  • Put Their Heads Together: Chozen does this to two jocks hassling Troy.
  • Rated G For Gangsta: Crisco and Ricky's birthday hip hop act, Kool Kidz, much to Chozen's frustration.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Phantasm gives one to Oprah-expy Vanessa in episode 12 after she blindsides him with the embarassing clip of Chozen punching him in episode 10. Phantasm proceeds to trash the interview set, then proceeds to tear into Vanessa herself, reducing her to tears. Among other things, he said she "had a face like Jackie Robinson's glove".
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Chozen is the Manly Man to Sensitive Guys Troy and Hunter.
  • Status Quo Is God: The unaired episode 11 starts with Chozen back in jail for breaking his parole when he punched Phantasm. On top of that, all anyone remembers about the incident is the punch which has become a meme. The rap battle is virtually forgotten, meaning that it hasnt improved Chozens hip hop rep one bit.
  • 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).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Chozen was much nicer before he went to prison. Ten years later, he reenters society as a thuggish jerk. Justified as it was the only way he could survive in prison.
  • The Tooth Hurts: The end result of Ricky getting a janky-ass grill during "I'm With The Contraband". He ends up having to sell the bejeweled grill just to pay for the damage it did to his teeth.
  • 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: During the finale's rap battle, Phantasm drops the line "By the way, Katy Perry wants her titties back."
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Nope, beating Phantasm didn't help Chozen at all, all it did was create a meme and land him back in jail for parole violation.

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