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[[center: [- [[Characters/BojackHorseman Main Character Index]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanMainCharacters Main Characters]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheHorsemanHimself [=BoJack=] Horseman]] ('''A-D''', [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheHorsemanHimselfTropesEToK E-K]], [[Characters/BoJackHorsemanTheHorsemanHimselfTropesLToZ L-Z]]) | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanPrincessCarolyn Princess Carolyn]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanDianeNguyen Diane Nguyen]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanMrPeanutbutter Mr. Peanutbutter]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanToddChavez Todd Chávez]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanHollywooResidentsAndOtherStars Hollywoo Residents and Other Stars]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanLAResidents L.A. Residents]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanStiltonFamilyAndAssociates Stilton Family and Associates]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanMBNNetwork MBN]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanHorsinAroundCastAndCrew Horsin Around Cast And Crew]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanSarahLynn Sarah Lynn]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanSecretariatBiopicCastAndCrew Secretariat Biopic Cast And Crew]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanVigorAgency Vigor]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanVIMAgency VIM Agency]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanGekkoRabbinowitzAgencies Gekko-Rabbinowitz Agencies]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanOneShotAndBitCharacters One Shot and Bit Characters]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheMainGroupFamilyMembers The Main Group Family Members]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheHorsemanFamily The Horseman Family]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanHollyhock Hollyhock]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanBeatriceSugarmanHorseman Beatrice Sugarman-Horseman]] |[[Characters/BojackHorsemanButterscotchHorseman Butterscotch Horseman]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanOtherCharacters Other Characters]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTesuqueNM Tesuque, New Mexico]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheMooreCarsons The Moore-Carsons]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanCharlotteMooreCarson Charlotte Moore-Carson]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanHistoricalCharacters Historical Characters]] | [[Characters/HorsinAround "Horsin' Around" Characters]] | [[Characters/MrPeanutbuttersHouse "Mr. Peanutbutter's House" Characters]] | [[Characters/SecretariatBiopic "Secretariat" Biopic Characters]]]]-]

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* {{Adorkable}}: He is normally a narcissistic loudmouth, but Hollyhock ends up bringing out this side of him. After accidentally insulting her appearance (questioning why a guy would be interested in her, but was more about being protective of her) she asked him point blank if he thinks she is pretty and he manages to stumble through an awkward but sincere "Of course I think you're pretty" that actually makes her blush.
* AffectionateNickname: When they were friends, Herb called him "BJ".
* TheAlcoholic: The ''biggest'' one in the series. Despite this trait being a regular sight in Hollywoo, it speaks a lot about the quantities he needs to drink in order to qualify for that title. While a big part of it is because he's in a constant downer mood and hates himself; being a horse, he ''really needs to drink gallons'' before feeling the effects of the alcohol.
-->'''Todd''': Are you drunk?\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': [[MathematiciansAnswer Todd, I'm a horse, it takes a lot to get me drunk]].\\
''(the camera shows the entire room filled with empty bottles and kegs)''\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': [[BluntYes Yes]].
* TheAloner: One of his major problems and worries is being alone. Being the kind of person he is, he's often alone in his house, in his life and in his private time. Part of his CharacterDevelopment is to be more outgoing and easy with people as well as being comfortable should this happen.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: No matter how much he tries, [=BoJack=] can never break into mainstream fame and when he tries, there's always someone more famous or powerful than him. He's no Hank Hippopopalous. According to Jurj Clooners, Bread Poot and Leornerner [=DiCapricorn=] are household name, [=BoJack=] isn't. He's just the fifth wheel in the Oscar race.
* AntiHero: [=BoJack=] is an abrasive, lazy, bitter older man that resists any attempts to change himself for the better when he can help it. But deep down, especially when he's sober, he's a surprisingly intelligent and thoughtful guy that really does care for the few people he can consider friends. Of course, in [=BoJack=]'s case, it's given a revisionist spin. See DeconstructedCharacterArchetype below.
* AscendedFanboy: A childhood fan of Secretariat, he achieves his lifelong dream of starring in a {{Biopic}} about him in Season 2.
* AtLeastIAdmitIt: For all of his flaws and [[KickTheDog unsavory]] moments, [=BoJack=] never hides completely what he is or holds fantasies about what kind of person he is, being open about his addictions, problems and attitude about things.
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* BastardAngst: [=BoJack=] was an unplanned child and the main reason his parents ended up together. They each blame him for how miserably their lives turned out. Even to this day, he's still haunted by the very abusive childhood he had.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: More than twenty years ago, [=BoJack=] Horseman used to be a caring, somewhat friendly, if still flawed individual who would do his best to help out anyone. In the present, [=BoJack=] is a bitter, uncaring and sad individual who seems resigned to the way things are in Hollywoo.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [=BoJack=] latches on to anyone who's even remotely nice to him, due to growing up without love or support. It's one of the main reasons why he becomes romantically obsessed with Diane, since she's the only one who knows everything about him and largely accepts him despite it.
* BeneathTheMask: He looks at first glance like [[{{Jerkass}} a grade-A]] [[JadedWashout douche washout]], especially if you're involved with him on some capacity. [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye Once you get past that]] though, [=BoJack=] reveals himself as a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold far more caring person]] who's not only [[TragicHero undermined by his own flaws and egocentrism]], but also [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass by the circumstances]] and society surrounding him. ''And he's all too aware of it.''
* BigEater: He can down a whole box of muffins in one sitting.
* BrokenAce: Famous actor with a fancy house, millions of royalties, a great agent and a part on one of the most beloved sitcoms in the '90s. Underneath it all, he suffers from depression, [[LonelyAtTheTop loneliness]] and big regrets.
* BrokenBird: For a couple of reasons, the first being his StageMom and generally emotionally-abusive upbringing and the other being his betrayal of his best friend in order to keep his career. Because of this, he has a pathological need to have the public's approval above everything else. According to his mother, [[InTheBlood he was born to be a broken mess.]]
-->'''Beatrice''': You're born broken, it's your birthright. You're [=BoJack=] Horseman. There's no cure for that.
* BrokenHero: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}, in a similar way to his hero, [[GreaterScopeParagon Secretariat]]. [=BoJack=] was born and raised in an unhappy family, [[BastardAngst so much of the resentment deriving from his birth and the ensuing rushed wedding between two radically different and horrid people who warped his innocence into a major ticking time bomb]]. However, his ability to remain dedicated to his dreams of stardom and fame gave fruition when he was cast as The Horse in ''Horsin' Around'' per his friend Herb Kazzaz's request, [[RagsToRiches becoming an overnight famous and renowned celebrity with all the luxuries, status and reverence anyone could ask]]. However, this sudden rise [[BeneathTheMask gave leeway for him]] to vent [[SuppressedRage his pent-up anger]], [[AngstWhatAngst unsolved issues]] and [[TookALevelInJerkass become]] a rather demanding, ''entitled'' person, [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis gone were the days were]] he was a HumbleHero. As his eventual decline into obscurity happened, [=BoJack=] found himself hollow [[LonelyAtTheTop having alienated his closest friends with only the receding public to count on]]. His guilt and bad string of decisions eventually led him to become a recluse that stayed indoors for more than 18 years up to the beginning of the series.
* BrutalHonesty: [=BoJack=] will never filter or sugarcoat what he wants to say, ever.
* ButtMonkey: Frequently at the end of his rope, receives little to no respect on the few occasions he deserves some, has several BreakTheHaughty moments, more often than not has a penchant for losing and hits new lows with each passing season. {{Deconstructed|Trope}} given that some of the bad things that happen to him [[LaserGuidedKarma are hubris of his own making]] and since his content mishaps (though no doubt partly of his own doing) have led him to develop a deep anxiety whenever something is going his way, fearful of losing it or just being a plain setup for a worse situation [[SelfFulfillingProphecy causing it to become so]].
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: [=BoJack=] can't remember what Bradley Hitler-Smith's mother looks like, ''despite the fact that he slept with her and caused his parents' divorce''. He had random trysts with ''a lot'' of women back then, after all.
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* CommanderContrarian: Tell him to do something and he'll do the opposite. He'll argue over it. Even if he doesn't mean to. Or thinks it's a good idea. Maybe he's just bored. Bottom line: try to make a Plan B just in case.
* CommitmentIssues: At first it's just hinted, given his [[NoJustNoReaction reaction]] to Princess Carolyn's (mild) suggestion that they have a baby. It's finally confirmed in season 2 as his first steps to get close to Wanda involve having to open up and, even then, he continually self-sabotages unconsciously to drive her away.
* CondescendingCompassion: Whenever [=BoJack=] expresses empathy and understanding towards someone else, it's hindered by his desire to overcompensate as well as his bitter cynicism and fatalistic attitude, resulting in coming off as arrogant, smug or entitled when doing a favor or ''being done a favor''.
-->'''Wanda''': [=BoJack=], this is our first show and it is very important that things run smoothly tonight. I mean, do you even care about this at all?\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': (with an understanding smile on his face) Sweetie, no. I think this is stupid and a waste of everybody's time. But you're my girlfriend and I care about you.
* TheCorruptible: As a kid, he was exposed to several negative influences, such as [[DomesticAbuse his parents fighting]] [[BigScrewedUpFamily while he tries to watch his tv show]], [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation often resulting in him turning up the volume]], [[AbusiveParents being forced to finish smoking a cigarette after being caught]] and [[StageMom being pushed into being the best by his mom]]. As an adult, he also became susceptible to [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll alcohol and drugs while living in L.A.]] and constantly shows weakness when it comes to addictions.
* CrazyJealousGuy:
** When he had a crush on Diane, he had a CockFight with Mr. Peanutbutter in order to impress and then tried to sabotage their wedding.
** As reluctant as he is to admit it in the first place and correct as he is about Vincent, [=BoJack=] eventually admits in private that one of the reasons why he so desperately tries to break Vincent and Princess Carolyn's relationship is cause as much as he doesn't take their relationship seriously, he ''does'' feel hurt he can't recur to her anymore for comfort.
** When Alex, a guy, shows interest in Wanda due to their similar background, [=BoJack=] goes berserk with jaundiced eyes.
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: He doesn't like to talk about his [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood childhood]] or his [[AbusiveParents parents]].
* DeterminedDefeatist: For a guy who certainly [[ThePessimist believes the worst of everything]] and [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids has little hope about improving his broken life]], he still shows an inordinate amount of energy and determination to keep going, even if he bitches or complains all the way through.
* DirtyOldMan: [=BoJack=] is in his 50s, yet he often tends to sleep with women who are half his age.*
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Professes an undying hate for honeydew melon on "Hank After Dark". Later on the episode, he finds some support from Princess Carolyn in their mutual hatred of the fruit.
* DontExplainTheJoke: He had a propensity for doing this up until Herb talked to him over it in their standup days, which stemmed from his childhood. While he doesn't do it constantly anymore, it still pops up from time to time.
-->'''Dick Cavett''': (''Reading [=BoJack=]'s letter to Secretariat'') "When I grow up, I want to be just like you, and I think I'm on the right track. Get it? Track, because horses run on tracks, and you are a horse, and I am a horse. Do you get it? Do you get my joke about the track?" Okay, there's a whole ''page'' of this.\\
'''Secretariat''': Should I write him back, and tell him I get it?
* DrivesLikeCrazy: [=BoJack=] has no scruples about driving under the influence or while watching videos. As a result, he is a terrible driver who causes traffic accidents on a near daily basis, and his {{Cool Car}}s tend to pretty quickly be reduced to TheAllegedCar.
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[[center: [- [[Characters/BojackHorseman Main Character Index]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanMainCharacters Main Characters]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheHorsemanHimself [=BoJack=] Horseman]] ('''A-D''', [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheHorsemanHimselfTropesEToK E-K]], [[Characters/BoJackHorsemanTheHorsemanHimselfTropesLToZ L-Z]]) | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanPrincessCarolyn Princess Carolyn]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanDianeNguyen Diane Nguyen]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanMrPeanutbutter Mr. Peanutbutter]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanToddChavez Todd Chávez]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanHollywooResidentsAndOtherStars Hollywoo Residents and Other Stars]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanLAResidents L.A. Residents]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanStiltonFamilyAndAssociates Stilton Family and Associates]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanMBNNetwork MBN]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanHorsinAroundCastAndCrew Horsin Around Cast And Crew]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanSarahLynn Sarah Lynn]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanSecretariatBiopicCastAndCrew Secretariat Biopic Cast And Crew]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanVigorAgency Vigor]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanVIMAgency VIM Agency]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanGekkoRabbinowitzAgencies Gekko-Rabbinowitz Agencies]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanOneShotAndBitCharacters One Shot and Bit Characters]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheMainGroupFamilyMembers The Main Group Family Members]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheHorsemanFamily The Horseman Family]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanHollyhock Hollyhock]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanBeatriceSugarmanHorseman Beatrice Sugarman-Horseman]] |[[Characters/BojackHorsemanButterscotchHorseman Butterscotch Horseman]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanOtherCharacters Other Characters]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTesuqueNM Tesuque, New Mexico]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheMooreCarsons The Moore-Carsons]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanCharlotteMooreCarson Charlotte Moore-Carson]] | [[Characters/BojackHorsemanHistoricalCharacters Historical Characters]] | [[Characters/HorsinAround "Horsin' Around" Characters]] | [[Characters/MrPeanutbuttersHouse "Mr. Peanutbutter's House" Characters]] | [[Characters/SecretariatBiopic "Secretariat" Biopic Characters]]]]-]

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[[folder:A]]
* {{Adorkable}}: He is normally a narcissistic loudmouth, but Hollyhock ends up bringing out this side of him. After accidentally insulting her appearance (questioning why a guy would be interested in her, but was more about being protective of her) she asked him point blank if he thinks she is pretty and he manages to stumble through an awkward but sincere "Of course I think you're pretty" that actually makes her blush.
* AffectionateNickname: When they were friends, Herb called him "BJ".
* TheAlcoholic: The ''biggest'' one in the series. Despite this trait being a regular sight in Hollywoo, it speaks a lot about the quantities he needs to drink in order to qualify for that title. While a big part of it is because he's in a constant downer mood and hates himself; being a horse, he ''really needs to drink gallons'' before feeling the effects of the alcohol.
-->'''Todd''': Are you drunk?\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': [[MathematiciansAnswer Todd, I'm a horse, it takes a lot to get me drunk]].\\
''(the camera shows the entire room filled with empty bottles and kegs)''\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': [[BluntYes Yes]].
* TheAloner: One of his major problems and worries is being alone. Being the kind of person he is, he's often alone in his house, in his life and in his private time. Part of his CharacterDevelopment is to be more outgoing and easy with people as well as being comfortable should this happen.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: No matter how much he tries, [=BoJack=] can never break into mainstream fame and when he tries, there's always someone more famous or powerful than him. He's no Hank Hippopopalous. According to Jurj Clooners, Bread Poot and Leornerner [=DiCapricorn=] are household name, [=BoJack=] isn't. He's just the fifth wheel in the Oscar race.
* AntiHero: [=BoJack=] is an abrasive, lazy, bitter older man that resists any attempts to change himself for the better when he can help it. But deep down, especially when he's sober, he's a surprisingly intelligent and thoughtful guy that really does care for the few people he can consider friends. Of course, in [=BoJack=]'s case, it's given a revisionist spin. See DeconstructedCharacterArchetype below.
* AscendedFanboy: A childhood fan of Secretariat, he achieves his lifelong dream of starring in a {{Biopic}} about him in Season 2.
* AtLeastIAdmitIt: For all of his flaws and [[KickTheDog unsavory]] moments, [=BoJack=] never hides completely what he is or holds fantasies about what kind of person he is, being open about his addictions, problems and attitude about things.
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* BastardAngst: [=BoJack=] was an unplanned child and the main reason his parents ended up together. They each blame him for how miserably their lives turned out. Even to this day, he's still haunted by the very abusive childhood he had.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: More than twenty years ago, [=BoJack=] Horseman used to be a caring, somewhat friendly, if still flawed individual who would do his best to help out anyone. In the present, [=BoJack=] is a bitter, uncaring and sad individual who seems resigned to the way things are in Hollywoo.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [=BoJack=] latches on to anyone who's even remotely nice to him, due to growing up without love or support. It's one of the main reasons why he becomes romantically obsessed with Diane, since she's the only one who knows everything about him and largely accepts him despite it.
* BeneathTheMask: He looks at first glance like [[{{Jerkass}} a grade-A]] [[JadedWashout douche washout]], especially if you're involved with him on some capacity. [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye Once you get past that]] though, [=BoJack=] reveals himself as a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold far more caring person]] who's not only [[TragicHero undermined by his own flaws and egocentrism]], but also [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass by the circumstances]] and society surrounding him. ''And he's all too aware of it.''
* BigEater: He can down a whole box of muffins in one sitting.
* BrokenAce: Famous actor with a fancy house, millions of royalties, a great agent and a part on one of the most beloved sitcoms in the '90s. Underneath it all, he suffers from depression, [[LonelyAtTheTop loneliness]] and big regrets.
* BrokenBird: For a couple of reasons, the first being his StageMom and generally emotionally-abusive upbringing and the other being his betrayal of his best friend in order to keep his career. Because of this, he has a pathological need to have the public's approval above everything else. According to his mother, [[InTheBlood he was born to be a broken mess.]]
-->'''Beatrice''': You're born broken, it's your birthright. You're [=BoJack=] Horseman. There's no cure for that.
* BrokenHero: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}, in a similar way to his hero, [[GreaterScopeParagon Secretariat]]. [=BoJack=] was born and raised in an unhappy family, [[BastardAngst so much of the resentment deriving from his birth and the ensuing rushed wedding between two radically different and horrid people who warped his innocence into a major ticking time bomb]]. However, his ability to remain dedicated to his dreams of stardom and fame gave fruition when he was cast as The Horse in ''Horsin' Around'' per his friend Herb Kazzaz's request, [[RagsToRiches becoming an overnight famous and renowned celebrity with all the luxuries, status and reverence anyone could ask]]. However, this sudden rise [[BeneathTheMask gave leeway for him]] to vent [[SuppressedRage his pent-up anger]], [[AngstWhatAngst unsolved issues]] and [[TookALevelInJerkass become]] a rather demanding, ''entitled'' person, [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis gone were the days were]] he was a HumbleHero. As his eventual decline into obscurity happened, [=BoJack=] found himself hollow [[LonelyAtTheTop having alienated his closest friends with only the receding public to count on]]. His guilt and bad string of decisions eventually led him to become a recluse that stayed indoors for more than 18 years up to the beginning of the series.
* BrutalHonesty: [=BoJack=] will never filter or sugarcoat what he wants to say, ever.
* ButtMonkey: Frequently at the end of his rope, receives little to no respect on the few occasions he deserves some, has several BreakTheHaughty moments, more often than not has a penchant for losing and hits new lows with each passing season. {{Deconstructed|Trope}} given that some of the bad things that happen to him [[LaserGuidedKarma are hubris of his own making]] and since his content mishaps (though no doubt partly of his own doing) have led him to develop a deep anxiety whenever something is going his way, fearful of losing it or just being a plain setup for a worse situation [[SelfFulfillingProphecy causing it to become so]].
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: [=BoJack=] can't remember what Bradley Hitler-Smith's mother looks like, ''despite the fact that he slept with her and caused his parents' divorce''. He had random trysts with ''a lot'' of women back then, after all.
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* CommanderContrarian: Tell him to do something and he'll do the opposite. He'll argue over it. Even if he doesn't mean to. Or thinks it's a good idea. Maybe he's just bored. Bottom line: try to make a Plan B just in case.
* CommitmentIssues: At first it's just hinted, given his [[NoJustNoReaction reaction]] to Princess Carolyn's (mild) suggestion that they have a baby. It's finally confirmed in season 2 as his first steps to get close to Wanda involve having to open up and, even then, he continually self-sabotages unconsciously to drive her away.
* CondescendingCompassion: Whenever [=BoJack=] expresses empathy and understanding towards someone else, it's hindered by his desire to overcompensate as well as his bitter cynicism and fatalistic attitude, resulting in coming off as arrogant, smug or entitled when doing a favor or ''being done a favor''.
-->'''Wanda''': [=BoJack=], this is our first show and it is very important that things run smoothly tonight. I mean, do you even care about this at all?\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': (with an understanding smile on his face) Sweetie, no. I think this is stupid and a waste of everybody's time. But you're my girlfriend and I care about you.
* TheCorruptible: As a kid, he was exposed to several negative influences, such as [[DomesticAbuse his parents fighting]] [[BigScrewedUpFamily while he tries to watch his tv show]], [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation often resulting in him turning up the volume]], [[AbusiveParents being forced to finish smoking a cigarette after being caught]] and [[StageMom being pushed into being the best by his mom]]. As an adult, he also became susceptible to [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll alcohol and drugs while living in L.A.]] and constantly shows weakness when it comes to addictions.
* CrazyJealousGuy:
** When he had a crush on Diane, he had a CockFight with Mr. Peanutbutter in order to impress and then tried to sabotage their wedding.
** As reluctant as he is to admit it in the first place and correct as he is about Vincent, [=BoJack=] eventually admits in private that one of the reasons why he so desperately tries to break Vincent and Princess Carolyn's relationship is cause as much as he doesn't take their relationship seriously, he ''does'' feel hurt he can't recur to her anymore for comfort.
** When Alex, a guy, shows interest in Wanda due to their similar background, [=BoJack=] goes berserk with jaundiced eyes.
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: He doesn't like to talk about his [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood childhood]] or his [[AbusiveParents parents]].
* DeterminedDefeatist: For a guy who certainly [[ThePessimist believes the worst of everything]] and [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids has little hope about improving his broken life]], he still shows an inordinate amount of energy and determination to keep going, even if he bitches or complains all the way through.
* DirtyOldMan: [=BoJack=] is in his 50s, yet he often tends to sleep with women who are half his age.*
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Professes an undying hate for honeydew melon on "Hank After Dark". Later on the episode, he finds some support from Princess Carolyn in their mutual hatred of the fruit.
* DontExplainTheJoke: He had a propensity for doing this up until Herb talked to him over it in their standup days, which stemmed from his childhood. While he doesn't do it constantly anymore, it still pops up from time to time.
-->'''Dick Cavett''': (''Reading [=BoJack=]'s letter to Secretariat'') "When I grow up, I want to be just like you, and I think I'm on the right track. Get it? Track, because horses run on tracks, and you are a horse, and I am a horse. Do you get it? Do you get my joke about the track?" Okay, there's a whole ''page'' of this.\\
'''Secretariat''': Should I write him back, and tell him I get it?
* DrivesLikeCrazy: [=BoJack=] has no scruples about driving under the influence or while watching videos. As a result, he is a terrible driver who causes traffic accidents on a near daily basis, and his {{Cool Car}}s tend to pretty quickly be reduced to TheAllegedCar.
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* DontExplainTheJoke: He had a propensity for doing this up until Herb talked to him over it in their standup days, which stemmed from his childhood.
-->'''Interviewer''': (''Reading [=BoJack=]'s letter to Secretariat'') "When I grow up, I want to be just like you, and I think I'm on the right track. Get it? Track, because horses run on tracks, and you are a horse, and I am a horse. Do you get it? Do you get my joke about the track?" Okay, there's a whole ''page'' of this.\\

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* DontExplainTheJoke: He had a propensity for doing this up until Herb talked to him over it in their standup days, best evidenced by a full ''page'' of "Do you get it?" in his letter to Secretariat.

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* DontExplainTheJoke: He had a propensity for doing this up until Herb talked to him over it in their standup days, best evidenced by a full ''page'' of "Do you get it?" in his letter to Secretariat.


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* {{Adorkable}}: He is normally a narcissistic loudmouth, but Hollyhock ends up bringing out this side of him. After accidentally insulting her appearance (questioning why a guy would be interested in her, but was more about being protective of her) she asked him point blank if he thinks she is pretty and he manages to stumble through an awkward but sincere "Of course I think you're pretty" that actually makes her blush.


* DarkestHour:
** He reaches it in "Escape From L.A.". After breaking up with Wanda, having caused his dream project to collapse, proving himself a poor role model to Penny and failing to get back with Charlotte, [=BoJack=]; for a moment, just gives up, no longer caring about anything. Then, he [[ThenLetMeBeEvil leaves the door]] open for [[UnCannyFamilyResemblance Pe]][[JailBait nny]]..
** [[spoiler:And again at the end of [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS3E12ThatWentWell "That Went Well"]]. No Oscar nomination, friends leaving you for greener pastures, no glory, no sense of accomplishments, no possibility of returning to your HappyPlace. Yep, seems about right. At least until another pseudo-exit presents itself to [=BoJack=]. One he might have not noticed before.]]
* DamnedByFaintPraise: More than once. The most prominent instances:
** The most tragic one is when [=BoJack=], pleading, asks Diane if he's a good person in "Downer Ending". She doesn't answer, but [[SilenceIsGolden her silence, absence of an answer and her awkward expression]] speak volumes.
** A more comedic one is when on the "One Trick Pony" tour, when one person questions whether [=BoJack=] is the worst celebrity to have ever existed, Diane only answers by [[ALighterShadeOfBlack saying that other celebrities have done far worse things]].
** Then, there's one in "Yes And" when [=BoJack=] is considering jumping ship on the Secretariat movie after Kelsey is fired, the movie has become a saccharine mess and Princess Carolyn has offered him the chance of being in theater:
--->'''Princess Carolyn''': We got an offer in for this new play off-Broadway.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': Theater? That's what real actors do.\\
'''Princess Carolyn''': Yeah, I told them that, but they said she wanted you.
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Before entering show business, [=BoJack=] used to be an [[NiceGuy actual decent fellow]] often hanging at the comedy club with Charlotte and Herb and making ends meet by working as a bartender at a restaurant, which despite not making much money gave him enough to enjoy himself. Life wasn't great, but it was enough for him. Then, an television deal opportunity opened up for Herb and [=BoJack=], the latter whom would eventually become increasingly entitled, strung out and desperate enough for the chance of portraying his hero Secretariat in a movie to eventually leave his friend out to dry when things went down the drain. [[PlayingWithATrope However]], even before, it was implied that there were some flaws in [=BoJack=], especially when it came to open up to someone; his corruption was also helped by not severing ties with his poisonous past (his mother) and by letting all the for once-earned recognition go to his head.
* DaydreamBeliever: In "Escape to L. A.", [=BoJack=] tries his best to recreate his dream life with Charlotte despite her being married and with children. Not only does this backfire, but it ultimately destroys whatever friendship he and Charlotte had left.
* DeadGuyJunior: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. [[spoiler:It's revealed that [=BoJack=]'s name is partly inspired by that of his deceased uncle [=CrackerJack=].]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Probably one of the biggest examples in the series, [[WorldOfSnark which is no easy feat]]. Oh, sure, he enjoys his putdowns, {{Stealth Insult}}s, {{Backhanded Compliment}}s and just plain sarcastic moments and it's not like he's subtle about any of those, if being bitter and franctic about anything bothering him is any indication. The level of care he puts in the snide remarks varies, but always leads to [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]] followed by [[RefugeInAudacity offense]]. A few examples stand out:
** "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS1E02BojackHatesTheTroops [=BoJack=] Hates The Troops]]": When asked by Princess Carolyn if he's watching [=MSNBSea=] that moment:
--->''"Great question. Well, I didn't fall down on my remote, randomly changing the channel to [=MSNBSea=] while simultaneously crippling myself, thus physically forcing me to watch [=MSNBSea=]. So no. I'm not watching [=MSNBSea=] right now."''
** "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS1E03PricklyMuffin Prickly Muffin]]": When Todd mentions that "The Swine Within Reach"'s furniture is made out of old train tracks and a reclaimed pier:
--->''"Oh, great, [[{{Irony}} for ten grand, I can sleep like a hobo]]."''
** "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS1E04ZoesAndZeldas Zoes And Zeldas]]": During a brief discussion in a dinner party over whether Todd is a [[ThePollyanna Zoe]] or a [[TheCynic Zelda]], [=BoJack=] offers a counteralternative:
--->''"Or maybe you're the third kind of person, whose only function is to drain the energy and life force from his host organism."''
** "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen": When he's stopped from boarding the plane to New York because he's carrying more than 3 oz of alcohol.
--->''"This is Pappy Van Winkle, friend. Do you know how old this bourbon is? If this was a person, I would have stopped having sex with it a year ago."''
** "Our A-Story Is A D-Story": When Mr. Peanutbutter betrays [=BoJack=] and passes the stealing of the "D" of the Hollywood (now named Hollywoo) sign as his own to propose to Diane:
--->''"I was double-crossed by the one man I assumed was too stupid to even single cross."''
** "The Telescope": [=BoJack=] and Diane talk about going to Malibu to see Herb and he tells her she's his backup;
--->''"Fine, I guess. Just don't abandon me. No bathroom breaks. And don't slip out of the room to text your fiancé a bunch of winky smileys with hearts next to them. Gross. [[StealthInsult Congratulations on the whole being engaged thing by the way]]."''
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: All things considered, [=BoJack=] as an individual proves why being a jerk isn't something you become overnight and how it might make you miserable, in a SelfFulfillingProphecy way.
** Of the [[AntiHero heroic antithesis]]: [=BoJack=] has often showed selfish behavior with occasional twinges of remorse, good intentions and extreme approaches to honorable causes. His status as a hero is often examined and questioned by everyone, including himself, due to the ambiguousness of his true intentions, harming more often than doing good and the constant use of any good action to cover up for his shortcomings and horrid decisions.
** Of the [[ByronicHero brooding, selfish protagonist]]: [=BoJack=] is selfish, inconsiderate, troubled, brooding and a routine alcoholic who constantly messes up relationships, has chronic depression and constantly tries and fails to change, sometimes on purpose. Except that this reclusive nature of his as well as his flaws being so embedded into his person to the point of obscuring his qualities often drive people who can help away, only making him even more miserable.
** Of the [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist laughable asshole]]: [=BoJack=] is an egotistical, uncaring douche... [[JerkassWoobie who's also severely broken inside and has quite a lot of emotional baggage]]. The tragedies that happen to him are well-deserved but generally aren't PlayedForLaughs, quite the opposite. He's a comedy protagonist the show wants to beat down on until he becomes better.
* DeconstructorFleet: A rare example of ''a character'' being this. Whenever the others interact with the typical sitcom cliches, they're subject to a DeconReconSwitch more often than not. When [=BoJack=] is the one who interacts with such....they remain deconstructed.
* [[ComingOfAgeStory Delayed Coming Of Age Story]]: [=BoJack=] has remained in denial and fearful of routing his life to a bigger purpose; to the point of [[NeverGrewUp staying a teenager at the core]] [[ManChild emotionally]]. Only at the start of the series, when he's in his middle age and desperately needing some purpose in the form of his memoirs, eventually meeting [[TheConfidant Diane Nguyen]], does he start confronting his demons and advancing to a better understanding of himself and the people around him.
* DeliveryGuy: Forced into this role in [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS3E04FishOutOfWater "Fish Out of Water"]] after a seahorse goes into labor in the bus. True to form, he ends up panicking none the least because ''[[MisterSeahorse it's a guy whom he's helping]]'' giving birth.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: He can be genuinely insightful at times but he also comes across as pretentious and misinformed when he does argue about some stuff:
** His bit on UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution and its causes being feudalism and especially his opening sentence: "A continent ravaged by war, coupled with the retreat of the church from secular life..." is a little too sophomoric, since there hadn't been war on French soil for years before the Revolution began, and the Church by no means retreated from "secular life", indeed the concept of "secular life" didn't exist until decades later.
** His statement that Creator/JeanPaulSartre's ideas supported tyrannical regimes is probably meant as a reference to Sartre's support for Communism. But the problem is that Sartre never entirely supported UsefulNotes/JosefStalin and in fact publicly denounced him multiple times, and likewise the official French Communist Party (who were communists) saw UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}} as Sartre defined it as an ideology that appealed to middle-class folks who had FirstWorldProblems (such as the '60s Protest Movements which had little support or sympathy from official communist movements and which within America created a break between old and new left), and most historians struggle to find any hard links of Sartre's ideas justifying any tyranny directly.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Reaches this point at the end of season 3. To recapitulate, his work at Secretariat and subsequent nomination[[note]] actually, [=BoJack=] wasn't even nominated![[/note]] which he thought would bring him some happiness have done nothing to make him feel important; he has destroyed his relationship with Princess Carolyn, Todd, Ana and Kelsey; started a drug bender that costs Sarah Lynn her life; and after all of that [=BoJack=] has finally realized how toxic Hollywoo (and by default, ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'') truly is, refusing to participate in the SequelSeries ''Ethan Around''. Then he goes for a ride far beyond California and tries to kill himself. Only a sight of horses running stops him, making him realize a certain epiphany...]]
* DespairSpeech: He gives one to Princess Carolyn after a disastrous call from Herb:
-->''"Princess Carolyn, what are we doing? Getting gelato? [sighs] This was a mistake. I've been acting crazy. That phone call just pulled me back to reality. You were right. I don't love you. You don't love me. We're just two lonely people trying to hate ourselves a little less. Maybe that's all we're ever gonna be. Maybe that's all we ever were."''
** Season 3 has him about to hook up with a manatee until she [[MomentKiller ruins the moment]] by saying (seductively) that she'll "climb up onto your boat", reminding him of MyGreatestFailure in Season 2, and triggering another one:
--->''"On the boat, there was a girl. [...]In New Mexico. And she trusted me. I keep asking myself if her mother didn't walk in, would I have done it? And a part of me is sure I--I couldn't. But another part knows that's a lie. How do you make something right when you've made it so wrong you can never go back?"''
** And after [[spoiler:Sarah Lynn]]'s death:
--->''"I can't keep lying to myself, saying "I'm gonna change". I'm poison. [...] I come from poison. I have poison inside of me and I destroy everything that I touch. That's my legacy. I have nothing to show for the life that I've lead and I have nobody in my life who's better off for having known me."''
* DestructiveRomance: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in his relationship with Princess Carolyn.
* DeterminedDefeatist: While the whole main cast embodies this concept, [=BoJack=] is certainly the biggest example. For a guy who certainly [[ThePessimist believes the worst of everything]] and [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids has little hope about improving his broken life]], he still shows an inordinate amount of energy and determination to keep going, even if he bitches or complains all the way through.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Especially in the 1st season and the latter half of the 2nd season, [=BoJack=] would often do things or jump into conclusions without putting too much thought into the possible consequences. Discovering that this may not be a good thing is something he has to keep learning over and over.
** The comedic version is used in Season 3 when [=BoJack=] insists on using a reflective image reading "You Are Secretariat" as promotional material for the Oscar run - and then he sees it displayed on a billboard.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: With Charlotte's daughter, Penny. [[spoiler: As of season 3, its revealed that they didn't. Though [=BoJack=] fully intended to and only stopped due to Charlotte walking in on them.]]
* DirtyCoward: {{Deconstructed}}. Whenever [=BoJack=] is faced with anything that could ruin his career in anyway, he will often become this. The two biggest examples are not standing up for Herb when he was about to get fired and coercing Pete into saying he and Penny went home and they don't know where Maddy got the alcohol that made her sick, even though [=BoJack=] was responsible for the entire situation. Either way, it only serves to make others grow to hate and not respect him.
* DirtyOldMan: [=BoJack=] is in his 50s, yet he often tends to sleep with women who are half his age.
** PlayedForLaughs when he once had sex with Sarah-Lynn, a close friend whom he had known since she was ''3'' years old, and was (almost) like a daughter to him (granted she was now aged 30, and technically not even real family, but still).
** [[spoiler:{{Deconstructed|Trope}} [[PlayedForDrama for Drama]] at the end of Season 2. He even attempts (though fails) to [[{{Ephebophile}} sleep with Penny, a 17-year-old girl]]; legality aside (trying to do so wasn't illegal in the state he was in), he still permanently alienates Penny and her mother Charlotte, both of whom were his dear friends up until that point.]]
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:The season 3 finale reveals that [=BoJack=] has a daughter from a result of his many flings. {{Subverted|Trope}} in the season finale, as the girl in question, Hollyhock, is his ''sister'', being the illegitimate daughter between Butterscotch and a maid.]]
* DisapprovingLook: One of his most default expressions, to the point that it's a trademark of him. Just look at this [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bjack.jpg image]] and try to not feel shame or even guilt, even if you have done nothing wrong.
* {{Dismotivation}}: In full display. More often than not, [=BoJack=]'s fears of rejection, failure and insecurities make sure that he'll try his fullest to sabotage or distance himself from whatever kind of opportunity he is given. [[spoiler:Subverted later on with his selfless help of Hollyhock to find her mother in the season 4 finale comes after hours and hours of visits to adoption agencies, a trip to San Francisco and a web search, finally stepping off this trait.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Some of [=BoJack=]'s crueler actions stem from this, since he desperately wants to hide any possible vulnerabilities he might end up showing if he gets too close to other people and can often let his wounded ego affect his decision-making.

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* DarkestHour:
** He reaches it in "Escape From L.A.". After breaking up with Wanda, having caused his dream project to collapse, proving himself a poor role model to Penny and failing to get back with Charlotte, [=BoJack=]; for a moment, just gives up, no longer caring about anything. Then, he [[ThenLetMeBeEvil leaves the door]] open for [[UnCannyFamilyResemblance Pe]][[JailBait nny]]..
** [[spoiler:And again at the end of [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS3E12ThatWentWell "That Went Well"]]. No Oscar nomination, friends leaving you for greener pastures, no glory, no sense of accomplishments, no possibility of returning to your HappyPlace. Yep, seems about right. At least until another pseudo-exit presents itself to [=BoJack=]. One he might have not noticed before.]]
* DamnedByFaintPraise: More than once. The most prominent instances:
** The most tragic one is when [=BoJack=], pleading, asks Diane if he's a good person in "Downer Ending". She doesn't answer, but [[SilenceIsGolden her silence, absence of an answer and her awkward expression]] speak volumes.
** A more comedic one is when on the "One Trick Pony" tour, when one person questions whether [=BoJack=] is the worst celebrity to have ever existed, Diane only answers by [[ALighterShadeOfBlack saying that other celebrities have done far worse things]].
** Then, there's one in "Yes And" when [=BoJack=] is considering jumping ship on the Secretariat movie after Kelsey is fired, the movie has become a saccharine mess and Princess Carolyn has offered him the chance of being in theater:
--->'''Princess Carolyn''': We got an offer in for this new play off-Broadway.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': Theater? That's what real actors do.\\
'''Princess Carolyn''': Yeah, I told them that, but they said she wanted you.
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Before entering show business, [=BoJack=] used to be an [[NiceGuy actual decent fellow]] often hanging at the comedy club with Charlotte and Herb and making ends meet by working as a bartender at a restaurant, which despite not making much money gave him enough to enjoy himself. Life wasn't great, but it was enough for him. Then, an television deal opportunity opened up for Herb and [=BoJack=], the latter whom would eventually become increasingly entitled, strung out and desperate enough for the chance of portraying his hero Secretariat in a movie to eventually leave his friend out to dry when things went down the drain. [[PlayingWithATrope However]], even before, it was implied that there were some flaws in [=BoJack=], especially when it came to open up to someone; his corruption was also helped by not severing ties with his poisonous past (his mother) and by letting all the for once-earned recognition go to his head.
* DaydreamBeliever: In "Escape to L. A.", [=BoJack=] tries his best to recreate his dream life with Charlotte despite her being married and with children. Not only does this backfire, but it ultimately destroys whatever friendship he and Charlotte had left.
* DeadGuyJunior: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. [[spoiler:It's revealed that [=BoJack=]'s name is partly inspired by that of his deceased uncle [=CrackerJack=].]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Probably one of the biggest examples in the series, [[WorldOfSnark which is no easy feat]]. Oh, sure, he enjoys his putdowns, {{Stealth Insult}}s, {{Backhanded Compliment}}s and just plain sarcastic moments and it's not like he's subtle about any of those, if being bitter and franctic about anything bothering him is any indication. The level of care he puts in the snide remarks varies, but always leads to [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]] followed by [[RefugeInAudacity offense]]. A few examples stand out:
** "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS1E02BojackHatesTheTroops [=BoJack=] Hates The Troops]]": When asked by Princess Carolyn if he's watching [=MSNBSea=] that moment:
--->''"Great question. Well, I didn't fall down on my remote, randomly changing the channel to [=MSNBSea=] while simultaneously crippling myself, thus physically forcing me to watch [=MSNBSea=]. So no. I'm not watching [=MSNBSea=] right now."''
** "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS1E03PricklyMuffin Prickly Muffin]]": When Todd mentions that "The Swine Within Reach"'s furniture is made out of old train tracks and a reclaimed pier:
--->''"Oh, great, [[{{Irony}} for ten grand, I can sleep like a hobo]]."''
** "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS1E04ZoesAndZeldas Zoes And Zeldas]]": During a brief discussion in a dinner party over whether Todd is a [[ThePollyanna Zoe]] or a [[TheCynic Zelda]], [=BoJack=] offers a counteralternative:
--->''"Or maybe you're the third kind of person, whose only function is to drain the energy and life force from his host organism."''
** "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen": When he's stopped from boarding the plane to New York because he's carrying more than 3 oz of alcohol.
--->''"This is Pappy Van Winkle, friend. Do you know how old this bourbon is? If this was a person, I would have stopped having sex with it a year ago."''
** "Our A-Story Is A D-Story": When Mr. Peanutbutter betrays [=BoJack=] and passes the stealing of the "D" of the Hollywood (now named Hollywoo) sign as his own to propose to Diane:
--->''"I was double-crossed by the one man I assumed was too stupid to even single cross."''
** "The Telescope": [=BoJack=] and Diane talk about going to Malibu to see Herb and he tells her she's his backup;
--->''"Fine, I guess. Just don't abandon me. No bathroom breaks. And don't slip out of the room to text your fiancé a bunch of winky smileys with hearts next to them. Gross. [[StealthInsult Congratulations on the whole being engaged thing by the way]]."''
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: All things considered, [=BoJack=] as an individual proves why being a jerk isn't something you become overnight and how it might make you miserable, in a SelfFulfillingProphecy way.
** Of the [[AntiHero heroic antithesis]]: [=BoJack=] has often showed selfish behavior with occasional twinges of remorse, good intentions and extreme approaches to honorable causes. His status as a hero is often examined and questioned by everyone, including himself, due to the ambiguousness of his true intentions, harming more often than doing good and the constant use of any good action to cover up for his shortcomings and horrid decisions.
** Of the [[ByronicHero brooding, selfish protagonist]]: [=BoJack=] is selfish, inconsiderate, troubled, brooding and a routine alcoholic who constantly messes up relationships, has chronic depression and constantly tries and fails to change, sometimes on purpose. Except that this reclusive nature of his as well as his flaws being so embedded into his person to the point of obscuring his qualities often drive people who can help away, only making him even more miserable.
** Of the [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist laughable asshole]]: [=BoJack=] is an egotistical, uncaring douche... [[JerkassWoobie who's also severely broken inside and has quite a lot of emotional baggage]]. The tragedies that happen to him are well-deserved but generally aren't PlayedForLaughs, quite the opposite. He's a comedy protagonist the show wants to beat down on until he becomes better.
* DeconstructorFleet: A rare example of ''a character'' being this. Whenever the others interact with the typical sitcom cliches, they're subject to a DeconReconSwitch more often than not. When [=BoJack=] is the one who interacts with such....they remain deconstructed.
* [[ComingOfAgeStory Delayed Coming Of Age Story]]: [=BoJack=] has remained in denial and fearful of routing his life to a bigger purpose; to the point of [[NeverGrewUp staying a teenager at the core]] [[ManChild emotionally]]. Only at the start of the series, when he's in his middle age and desperately needing some purpose in the form of his memoirs, eventually meeting [[TheConfidant Diane Nguyen]], does he start confronting his demons and advancing to a better understanding of himself and the people around him.
* DeliveryGuy: Forced into this role in [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS3E04FishOutOfWater "Fish Out of Water"]] after a seahorse goes into labor in the bus. True to form, he ends up panicking none the least because ''[[MisterSeahorse it's a guy whom he's helping]]'' giving birth.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: He can be genuinely insightful at times but he also comes across as pretentious and misinformed when he does argue about some stuff:
** His bit on UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution and its causes being feudalism and especially his opening sentence: "A continent ravaged by war, coupled with the retreat of the church from secular life..." is a little too sophomoric, since there hadn't been war on French soil for years before the Revolution began, and the Church by no means retreated from "secular life", indeed the concept of "secular life" didn't exist until decades later.
** His statement that Creator/JeanPaulSartre's ideas supported tyrannical regimes is probably meant as a reference to Sartre's support for Communism. But the problem is that Sartre never entirely supported UsefulNotes/JosefStalin and in fact publicly denounced him multiple times, and likewise the official French Communist Party (who were communists) saw UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}} as Sartre defined it as an ideology that appealed to middle-class folks who had FirstWorldProblems (such as the '60s Protest Movements which had little support or sympathy from official communist movements and which within America created a break between old and new left), and most historians struggle to find any hard links of Sartre's ideas justifying any tyranny directly.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Reaches this point at the end of season 3. To recapitulate, his work at Secretariat and subsequent nomination[[note]] actually, [=BoJack=] wasn't even nominated![[/note]] which he thought would bring him some happiness have done nothing to make him feel important; he has destroyed his relationship with Princess Carolyn, Todd, Ana and Kelsey; started a drug bender that costs Sarah Lynn her life; and after all of that [=BoJack=] has finally realized how toxic Hollywoo (and by default, ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'') truly is, refusing to participate in the SequelSeries ''Ethan Around''. Then he goes for a ride far beyond California and tries to kill himself. Only a sight of horses running stops him, making him realize a certain epiphany...]]
* DespairSpeech: He gives one to Princess Carolyn after a disastrous call from Herb:
-->''"Princess Carolyn, what are we doing? Getting gelato? [sighs] This was a mistake. I've been acting crazy. That phone call just pulled me back to reality. You were right. I don't love you. You don't love me. We're just two lonely people trying to hate ourselves a little less. Maybe that's all we're ever gonna be. Maybe that's all we ever were."''
** Season 3 has him about to hook up with a manatee until she [[MomentKiller ruins the moment]] by saying (seductively) that she'll "climb up onto your boat", reminding him of MyGreatestFailure in Season 2, and triggering another one:
--->''"On the boat, there was a girl. [...]In New Mexico. And she trusted me. I keep asking myself if her mother didn't walk in, would I have done it? And a part of me is sure I--I couldn't. But another part knows that's a lie. How do you make something right when you've made it so wrong you can never go back?"''
** And after [[spoiler:Sarah Lynn]]'s death:
--->''"I can't keep lying to myself, saying "I'm gonna change". I'm poison. [...] I come from poison. I have poison inside of me and I destroy everything that I touch. That's my legacy. I have nothing to show for the life that I've lead and I have nobody in my life who's better off for having known me."''
* DestructiveRomance: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in his relationship with Princess Carolyn.
* DeterminedDefeatist: While the whole main cast embodies this concept, [=BoJack=] is certainly the biggest example. For a guy who certainly [[ThePessimist believes the worst of everything]] and [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids has little hope about improving his broken life]], he still shows an inordinate amount of energy and determination to keep going, even if he bitches or complains all the way through.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Especially in the 1st season and the latter half of the 2nd season, [=BoJack=] would often do things or jump into conclusions without putting too much thought into the possible consequences. Discovering that this may not be a good thing is something he has to keep learning over and over.
** The comedic version is used in Season 3 when [=BoJack=] insists on using a reflective image reading "You Are Secretariat" as promotional material for the Oscar run - and then he sees it displayed on a billboard.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: With Charlotte's daughter, Penny. [[spoiler: As of season 3, its revealed that they didn't. Though [=BoJack=] fully intended to and only stopped due to Charlotte walking in on them.]]
* DirtyCoward: {{Deconstructed}}. Whenever [=BoJack=] is faced with anything that could ruin his career in anyway, he will often become this. The two biggest examples are not standing up for Herb when he was about to get fired and coercing Pete into saying he and Penny went home and they don't know where Maddy got the alcohol that made her sick, even though [=BoJack=] was responsible for the entire situation. Either way, it only serves to make others grow to hate and not respect him.
*
DirtyOldMan: [=BoJack=] is in his 50s, yet he often tends to sleep with women who are half his age.
** PlayedForLaughs when he once had sex with Sarah-Lynn, a close friend whom he had known since she was ''3'' years old, and was (almost) like a daughter to him (granted she was now aged 30, and technically not even real family, but still).
** [[spoiler:{{Deconstructed|Trope}} [[PlayedForDrama for Drama]] at the end of Season 2. He even attempts (though fails) to [[{{Ephebophile}} sleep with Penny, a 17-year-old girl]]; legality aside (trying to do so wasn't illegal in the state he was in), he still permanently alienates Penny and her mother Charlotte, both of whom were his dear friends up until that point.]]
age.* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:The season 3 finale reveals that [=BoJack=] has a daughter from a result of his many flings. {{Subverted|Trope}} in the season finale, as the girl in question, Hollyhock, is his ''sister'', being the illegitimate daughter between Butterscotch and a maid.]]
* DisapprovingLook: One of his most default expressions, to the point that it's a trademark of him. Just look at this [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bjack.jpg image]] and try to not feel shame or even guilt, even if you have done nothing wrong.
* {{Dismotivation}}: In full display. More often than not, [=BoJack=]'s fears of rejection, failure and insecurities make sure that he'll try his fullest to sabotage or distance himself from whatever kind of opportunity he is given. [[spoiler:Subverted later on with his selfless help of Hollyhock to find her mother in the season 4 finale comes after hours and hours of visits to adoption agencies, a trip to San Francisco and a web search, finally stepping off this trait.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Some of [=BoJack=]'s crueler actions stem from this, since he desperately wants to hide any possible vulnerabilities he might end up showing if he gets too close to other people and can often let his wounded ego affect his decision-making.



* TheDogBitesBack: [[LaserGuidedKarma While part of him had it coming]] for [[KickTheDog mistreating Mr. Peanutbutter]], [=BoJack=] endured [[HumiliationConga a lot of humiliation and mockery as a contestant]] in "Let's Find Out", especially from guest Creator/DanielRadcliffe. As such, when he has the chance to win a million dollars when all he has to do is mention the name of the main star of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', (when the big star Daniel has spent the entire show [[MyNameIsNotDurwood misremembering his name]]), he loses intentionally. Why? ''To spite Daniel Radcliffe, Mr. Peanutbutter, the audience and the network altogether.''
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: When [=BoJack=] returns Todd's video game to Beast Buy instead of the convenience store and then drives to [[InsistentTerminology Character Actress Margo Martindale's]] house, it becomes clear who sabotaged the rock opera.
* DoingItForTheArt: In-universe. While also in part to revive his career, he shows a great commitment to the Secretariat movie, to the point that he convinces the director, Kelsey and a few of his friends to film a scene that was [[ExecutiveMeddling vetoed by executives]] just because he feels it's important. Unfortunately this ends up angering said executives which leads to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Kelsey being fired and replaced by a hack director who proceeds to turn the movie into an inaccurate schmaltzy mess.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: Had a bad tendency for this in his stand up and still sometimes does this.
** Also seems incapable of understanding the concept of a GilliganCut:
--->'''[=BoJack=]''': Why would I say "You'll never get me in that sweater" in this scene, and then in the very next scene, I'm wearing the sweater?\\
'''Girl''': See, that's actually the joke.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': Don't explain the joke to me!
* DontLookAtMe: [=BoJack=] yells this, insisting that he's well adjusted when everyone is laughing at him after Diane leaks part of his biography behind his back.
* DoomMagnet: [=BoJack=] is [[FreudianExcuse broken]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold nicer than he initially seems]], but he's also highly toxic. Just look at the many lives he has damaged, be them enemies or friends....
* DoubleSpeak: A horrifying example:
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': Go to bed, Penny.
* DoUntoOthersBeforeTheyDoUntoUs: Variant example. Due to his [[ParentalNeglect upbringing]] and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex mindset]], [=BoJack=] believes that his true self, should he show it, would repel and disgust people. This leads him to [[SelfFulfillingProphecy automatically shut himself off and take people for granted]], [[NeverMyFault while considering the ensuing events as something inevitable instead of his doing.]]
* DoWrongRight: In "Escape from L.A.", [=BoJack=] is appalled at Maddy's drinking... because it's Red Bull and Vodka, rather than something high-quality.
* DoYouWantToCopulate: [=BoJack=] ends up being offered having sex with Penny in a rather clumsy way.
* TheDragAlong: He isn't too keen whenever someone tries to rope some sort of commitment or include him in some cause. This is surprisingly {{inverted|Trope}} whenever it's for something he truly cares about, at which point the problem becomes ''how to stop him''.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: One of [=BoJack=]'s constant problems, in tandem with his [[AesopAmnesia Aesop Amnesia]] is that, as much as he knows and realizes that his way of living is destroying him and driving away those he cares about and he needs to change in order to be happy, he's either at a complete loss of how to do it or fails to grasp the correct path, often worsening his situation.



* DrowningMySorrows: Drowning them by sinking their heads until they no longer spout any bubbles from below the water? YES.
* DuelingShows: [=BoJack=]'s show, ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'' vs. Mr. Peanutbutter's show, ''[[CaptainErsatz Mr. Peanutbutter's House]]''.
* DueToTheDead: Even if he wouldn't have liked him there, [=BoJack=] still shows up at [[WeUsedToBeFriends Herb]]'s funeral to pay his respects.


* CallingTheOldWomanOut:
** Throughout Season 4, [=BoJack=] takes every opportunity to lay into Beatrice on how she was a horrible mother to him. However this doesn't really work, as his mom is now so senile that she can't even recognise her own son.
** Even prior to this, flashbacks make apparent Bojack frequently dished back the vitriol as soon as he was old enough to stand up to her. Of course, having been broken long before, she was apathetic to one more person in her life hating her back.
--->'''Beatrice''': You're a clown, you know that?\\
'''Bojack''': ''*bitterly*'' [[SarcasmMode And you've always been a wonderful pillar of support.]] ''*to waiter*'' [[INeedAFreakingDrink Gin, please. Is there gin coming?]]\\
'''Beatrice''': ''*disinterested*'' Well, I'm here, aren't I? I suffered through that ordeal.
* CallToAgriculture: His dream of a perfect life, as shown in "Downer Ending" is settling down in Maine. Even the actual DownerEnding of an hypothetical alternate life is basically swimming out to the middle of a lake in the countryside and sinking to the bottom.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Most of [=BoJack=]'s actions, good or bad, have a tendency to come back at him, especially the bad ones.
* CannotSpitItOut: He has trouble expressing his feelings directly, especially when it involves being vulnerable or dealing with something he doesn't want to.
* CannotTellAJoke: The reason why he initially fails at stand-up and why Herb takes him under his wing.
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: His constant solutions and mindset seem to indicate some difficulty doing so. Nevertheless, [=BoJack=] is an unusual example in that, part of it is somewhat {{invoked|Trope}}. See IWishItWereReal and LongingForFictionLand below.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: PlayedWith. The times he's done something horrible, insensitive or just plain cringe-inducing, chances are [=BoJack=] has had too much to drink. But as stated by him, he can take large doses of alcohol without feeling its effects, mostly since he's a horse and has a different metabolism. It's only after too much beer that he acts like a jackass but otherwise, high resilience.
* CaptainOblivious: When Todd reveals his belief that he may have joined a cult, [=BoJack=] reveals he learned a bit about cults during his time as a Scientologist... [[BaitAndSwitch because he read a book about cults]]. [[ObliviousToHisOwnDescription He doesn't think Scientology fits the criteria.]]
* CareerResurrection: In-universe. His role as the title character in the ''Secretariat'' movie in season 2 seems to be headed this way. [[AdaptationDecay It doesn't go as planned]], but the film is implied to at least be successful enough that [=BoJack=] might have a chance at the Oscars. [[spoiler: This, however, doesn't go as planned either with season 3 constantly {{zigzagging|Trope}} whether [=BoJack=] can actually win an Oscar and rise back to the public's eye. [[ShaggyDogStory It's all rendered moot]] when Mr. Peanutbutter reveals that he was never nominated in the first place, causing his life to spiral out of control.]]
* TheCasanova: He's not very adept at being charming but more often than not, his good qualities can shine long enough to get some action.
* TheCassandra: Nobody believes his arguments and complaints about [[TotempoleTrench Vincent]] [[ConspicuousTrenchCoat Adult]][[PaperThinDisguise man]].
* CastIncest: An InUniverse example. In a drunken stupor, [=BoJack=] and Sarah Lynn, who played his daughter in Horsing Around, have sex after briefly arguing.
* CausticCritic: Initially, he's this towards Todd's RockOpera in "Zoes And Zeldas", unrelenting on his critics and condescending towards every note Todd plays. However, see CompassionateCritic below.
* CelebrityIsOverrated: After the publishing of "One Trick Pony", his attempts at dating and settling down are flustered with [[GroupieBrigade groupies or wannabes who just want to ask him embarrassing questions, want to coattail from his fame or just humiliate him.]] He escapes to the Valley, where, he says, "nobody knows your name."
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject: Once all of the cards are laid on the table in "Let's Find Out" and Mr. Peanutbutter has switched from games to actually "getting real" over everything, [=BoJack=] tries to avoid answering the question as to why he ''really'' dislikes the Labrador by switching to another subject. Of course, Mr. Peanutbutter doesn't take the bait.
* CharacterBlog: He has accounts on [[https://twitter.com/BoJackHorseman/with_replies?lang=es Twitter]], [[https://www.facebook.com/BoJackHorseman/ Facebook]], [[http://bojackhorseman.tumblr.com Tumblr]], and [[https://www.instagram.com/bojackhorseman/ Instagram]]. He only interacts directly on his Twitter profile, though.
* CharacterDevelopment: ZigZagged and {{Playing With|ATrope}}. A major theme and the central part of [=BoJack=]'s arc is the question of whether he can evolve into someone he would not only respect and love, but that others would as well. While sometimes he seems capable of changing, other times the changes are rendered null by [[{{Pride}} his pride]], [[NeverBeHurtAgain his fear of getting hurt]], or [[ALessonLearnedTooWell the extremes he goes to apply such lesson.]] That being said, some lessons have managed to stick, especially when a life-shattering event has occurred.
** At the beginning of the series, [=BoJack=]'s [[UsefulNotes/{{Depression}} depressive state]] and [[SunkCostFallacy unwillingness to do anything that could result in potential failure]] ensured that he would do nothing but complain and wallow in self-pity rather than to dedicate his energy to do something productive. As he starts to become self-aware and [[WhoAreYou face his underlying issues]] with [[TheConfidant Diane]]'s help, [=BoJack=] starts venturing more and more outside of his comfort zone, [[JumpedAtTheCall taking more chances with job opportunities]], [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight defying certain executives to achieve the vision he wants of a project]] and spending less and less time in his house. It's not without downfalls, however: his new found ''joie de vivre'' doesn't include any other professional opinions or premeditates any possible consequences that may occur, including sidelining any possible friends looking for what he thinks he wants.
** [[WhoNeedsEnemies His treatment of his friends]] has also gone through several vicissitudes as seasons come and go; initially hoping nothing but entitled respect and loyalty [[AllTakeAndNoGive without the need to show them the same]], [=BoJack=]'s visit to Herb's wakes him up to a cold reality: someone who can't give as good as he gets is not someone people will deem as being a friend worth keeping. Constant [[MoodSwinger mood-swings]] and [[JerkassBall selfish impulses]] besides, the horse starts trying to put in an effort of treating people with respect and concern, his closest companions especially: he defends and remains firmly in Diane's position in spite of the bad publicity, remaining a good friend and support in "Hank After Dark" and beyond, genuinely apologizes to Mr. Peanutbutter about the shit he's thrown his way over the years in [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E8LetsFindOut "Let's Find Out"]] and is finally able to open up to Todd about how much he truly means to him when he's close to head out overseas in "Out To Sea". On the other hand, he's not terribly self-aware of how damaging his actions can be to the people around his persona, which has already lead to some of his closest peers to disown any possible interaction with him [[spoiler:([[EtTuBrute Herb]] and [[OldFlameFizzle Charlotte]])]] or cut him off completely ([[spoiler:[[HelpingWouldBeKillstealing Princess Carolyn]] and sadly, [[TheDogBitesBack Todd]])]]. In a sense, conscious and willing to mend, yet a little slow, a little too late.
** His increasing openness has resulted in an embrace of his more intellectual side. Due to growing in AntiIntellectualism land, [=BoJack=] would often shun knowledge and culture and hide whatever erudition he had within himself to avoid exposing himself as a more thinking type of celebrity. Upon meeting Diane, [=BoJack=] has been more prone to brief instances such as a start to a complex essay about the causes of French Revolution and an opinion about Sartre, that while grossly misinformed, hint that he has read about the subjects in his spare time.
** Kicked UpToEleven in season 4.
*** [[spoiler:Having accepted his blame in Sarah Lynn's death, as well in the crumbling of a lot of his relationships, [=BoJack=] struggles to find himself by repairing, then abandoning his childhood home in Michigan to be destroyed. After speaking to Diane over what's been happening and deciding to return to Hollywoo, he encounters Hollyhock, his supposed daughter that's trying to piece together who was her mother and if [=BoJack=] is her father. Feeling he's a toxic influence for her, he nevertheless agrees to help her find the truth, along the way bonding with her and being a better father figure than he expected.]]
*** [[spoiler:Humbled by his failures, he offers a genuine, not self-serving apology to Todd, which while not mending their friendship right away does set them on a better standing than before with Todd actually appreciating the effort. It takes a while with the rest but bit by bit he mends his relationships with Diane, Princess Carolyn and Mr. Peanutbutter.]]
*** [[spoiler:With Hollyhock wanting to meet her extended biological family, [=BoJack=] begrudgingly leads her to Beatrice's retirement home where she's now suffering dementia. While dismissive and seeing this as an opportunity to finally call her out in her shitty parenting, he puts those feelings aside for Hollyhock's sake and lets her hang out with Beatrice as well as taking in his mom after she's kicked out of the nursing home, acclimating to her presence with only the occasional desire to screw with her head as payback. After leaving Beatrice in a crappy nursing home in a fit of rage (thinking she planned Hollyhock's unwitting poisoning), she briefly snaps out of her state and recognizes him, asking in fear where is she. He then describes a beautiful fantasy where she's surrounded by people she loves in Michigan, leaving her content.]]
*** [[spoiler:As his narcissistic flaws start popping again when faced with Hollyhock's down to earth approach, he actively fights those urges and filters them through brutal honesty and small gestures and changes like commenting on her appearance, admitting the fact his fucks up is not her fault and generally being supportive of her. His new found freedom slightly collapses when Hollyhock is accidentally poisoned by Beatrice in an attempt for her to lose weight and she's led to the hospital and back to her 8 overprotective parents seemingly ending the relationship, causing him a minor breakdown over the possibility of Hollyhock taking his prescription meds behind his back. Back to being alone, does he sink back into auto-compassion? Well....]]
*** [[spoiler:Finally, he decides to go through hell and back to fulfill his promise to Hollyhock about finding her mother, even giving up recognition as long as she gets the info (she's not his daughter, they're half-siblings) he found. As a result, he gets a call from her as she's boarding her flight to meet her mother and Hollyhock tells him she accepts him as her older brother as a big smile is drawn in his face.]]
*** And a very mild one from the same season - his ringtone is no longer the ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'' theme, meaning he's finally letting go of the past.
* CharacterFilibuster: He has a tendency to go on long rants about life, media, himself, friendship, abusive parents and so, in a spiteful, understanding or honestly cynical way. [[TropesAreNotBad This often gives examination into]] [[StaticCharacter his character]], [[TheCynic his viewpoint]] and [[PetTheDog provide some]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold humanizing moments]] [[HiddenDepths where he can give good advice.]]
* CharacterTitle: Well, since he's the main character starring in a show called ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman''.
* ChickMagnet: Besides the numerous flings he's had, specific women have been attracted to him.
** [[IronLady Princess Carolyn]] is his on-and-off girlfriend (before they officially decide to be just friends).
** [[GenkiGirl Wanda]] showed an instant liking towards him when they first met.
** [[TheMarvelousDeer Charlotte]] was hinted to have had a crush on him.
** Charlotte's daughter, [[DoggedNiceGirl Penny]], would later develop an ''intense'' attraction toward [=BoJack=].
** [[BunnyEarsLawyer Ana]] started a relationship with [=BoJack=] after [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou he stood up for himself]].
** While [[PlatonicLifePartners Diane]] has made it clear that she only likes him as a friend, there are some hints that she may have (or had) a romantic interest in him.
* ChildrenRaiseYou: [[spoiler:Mirroring a twisted, less squeaky clean version of ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'', [=BoJack=] starts improving once Hollyhock comes into the picture and he tries to shape up to be a good caretaker. Half of his CharacterDevelopment is done for the sake of avoiding screwing her up the way he's done many times to the people in his life.]]
* ChosenConceptionPartner: Early in the series, it was made clear that Princess Carolyn was keen on having a kid with him. It was also made clear that [=BoJack=] wasn't pleased with the idea.
-->'''Police Officer''': Step away from the stolen vehicle, sir!\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': No, no, no. Misunderstanding, officer. I was running away from my girlfriend whom I don't respect enough to have a baby with.
* ChronicVillainy: The term "villainy" may be stretching it a tad, but a large part of his character is that for all his effort, he feels incapable of moving past his more negative traits in order to truly make a change for the better.
* CollateralAngst: In [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E8LetsFindOut "Let's Find Out"]], [=BoJack=] gets back at the condescending prick that has been Creator/DanielRadcliffe by intentionally answering badly the last question (one involving ''Literature/HarryPotter'') he would have needed to win the prize of a million dollars...[[NiceJobBreakingItHero money that was to be destined for charity.]]
* ColorMotif: In a closer look, [=BoJack=]'s clothes shows his current state:
** In his childhood he sports a sailor's outfit sporting white, which symbolizes his [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocence]], and blue, which shows [[BreakTheCutie the darkness growing]].
** In his adulthood, he uses predominantly orange in the vest he uses for Horsing Around, which represents [[StartOfDarkness sowing]] [[TookALevelInJerkass anger]].
** Right now, he uses dark blue vests with grey jackets, which are symbolic for [[SadnessTropes sadness]] and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regret.]] Curiously, blue can also represent calmness and peace, which what probably awaits [=BoJack=] if he changes; alternatively, it could suggest his complete resignation to the fact he may never change.
* ComfortFood: If [=BoJack=]'s feeling down, he'll gorge on food until he passes out. Cotton candy, bread, wine...
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': I ordered a couple of feel-better pizzas. They didn't help.



* CommonalityConnection: He and Diane start out as cold toward each other, but after traveling to attend Diane's father's funeral, both manage to find common ground over their [[DarkAndTroubledPast crappy childhoods]], [[TheCynic mutual cynicism]] and [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife search for purpose.]]
* CompassionateCritic: Towards Todd and Diane, through different approaches.
** The first sign of [=BoJack=]'s evolution into this is in "Zoes And Zeldas". As [=BoJack=] begins warming up to the idea of being a good mentor and better friend for Todd, he stops complaining for the most part and takes a genuine interest on his life and project, objecting only when [[VoodooShark some parts of the opera don't make sense]] or are OutOfCharacter. [[DeconstructedTrope Unfortunately]], the success of Todd's RockOpera would involve him leaving the house, so [=BoJack=] [[HopeCrusher resorts to secret sabotage]] to keep him [[PleaseDontLeaveMe around]]. By the end of the episode, he's back to treating Todd as a nuisance, but is willing to give him some space in the house.
** He is this to Diane through and through. A good example is in the 3rd season finales when he tells her in no uncertain terms that she's wasting her life writing tweets for celebrities when she could do much better.



* ConsolationBackfire: During the journey back from Herb's house, trying to break the awkward mood, Diane comments that at the very least, this will be a funny anecdote to tell at Herb's funeral. This is enough to make [=BoJack=] stop the car to cry.
* ConspiracyTheorist: He's implied to be one in a brief gag. [[ItMakesSenseInContext While he was experiencing a drug-induced hallucination when he was supposed to be writing his own memoir]], [=BoJack=] instead submits "[[ConspiracyTheories/ZeroToG five different theories about how 9/11 happened]]" to Princess Carolyn. [[spoiler:This trait is worsened by his opioid addition in season 5 when he becomes convinced that everyone he knows is conspiring to reveal his secrets to the world]].
* ContractualGenreBlindness: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. He can often predict the way things are going to turn out in a given situation and he is quite savvy about his life, the people around him and his actions. However, he still does what's expected of him because of a ''stubborn'' and desperate belief that no matter what he does, the workings of typical cliches will come to his aid or his actions will end up {{invok|edTrope}}ing them in RealLife. Needless to say, this turns the advantage of his [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]] ''into'' a flaw.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Oh, yes. At least from his perspective, to be good implies being crushed by the entertainment business, downgrading your intelligence and creativity to appeal to the LowestCommonDenominator, adapting the livelihood of a puppet while being handled behind curtains to be a smiling, moronic douchebag without any substance and simply subdue yourself to accept this reality. Any time this seems to pop up in his life, he resorts to disobeying orders, changing plans to force the hand of the studio, organizing people to listen and follow their own judgement, try to reason with people that might be smart enough to understand, you name it as rebellious, [=BoJack=] has surely done it. [[DeconstructedTrope Note how nothing has been said about if they did work or not. Or if they were practical in the first place]].
* CoolUncle: How he tries to portray himself as when dealing with Penny. He ''is'' this to some degree (listening to her problems, being funny to cheer her up, understanding her in ways her parents can't), but his twisted desire to be loved as well as his rather fucked up sense of logic and common sense makes him veer into CreepyUncle territory.
* TheCorrupter: {{Downplayed|Trope}} and unintentional. [=BoJack=] is not a bad person at heart, and never completely pushes people into doing something immoral. But his actions and personality often influence negatively the persons around him, leading to moments where they act like him or just plain follow his same path of self-destruction.
* CorruptionOfAMinor: In "Escape from L.A.", he coerces Penny's teenage friends to drink bourbon, then to lie about what happened after one of them overdoses, and to top it off, he seemingly almost sleeps with Penny.



* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: As Mr. Peanutbutter observes in the main page quote, [[AngstDissonance [=BoJack=]'s issues (decayed state of mind and spirit) are small potatoes compared to the things he has achieved and should appreciate and doesn't]] (millionaire, recognized star actor, having a good sex life, acting in his dream as his idol, having a girlfriend, etc). {{Deconstructed|Trope}} by the fact that [=BoJack=]'s true desire lies on being happy, willingly trading any of the things he has for it; not to mention that appreciating what he already possesses is rendered '''null''' by those same benefits ''contributing'' to his current state.



* CreepyUncle: To Penny in "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E11EscapeFromLA Escape From L.A.]]", of the HonoraryUncle kind of vibe. Not that he notices, he just simply believes that's how you get along with people, especially young ones. Still, telling someone who looks like your old flame that she looks just like her mother is ''not'' healthy.
* CrossingTheBurntBridge: [=BoJack=]'s clearly not over Charlotte yet, but after what happened between Charlotte's daughter, Penny, and him, it's doubtful she will want to see him ever again.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He surprisingly shows some truly brave and altruistic behavior in "Fish Out of Water" when he travels around to reunite a baby seahorse with his father, and goes through great lengths to [[PapaWolf protect the infant from danger by risking his own safety]].
* CruelToBeKind: He coldly rejects Penny's [[HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday suggestion]], because he knows she's too young to understand what she's doing, and it could only end bad for both of them. Horrifyingly {{subverted|Trope}} moments later when he's too depressed to even care.
* TheCynic: [[InTheBlood Courtesy of his parents]].


* BackhandedApology: The way he apologizes to [[ReturningWarVet Neal [=McBeal=]]], the Navy [[AmbiguousSyntax SEAL?]] since he obviously resents being forced to apologize for something so asinine (buying a box of muffins that Neal had "dibs" on), so he does it in a [[SarcasmMode very sarcastic manner]].
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': You're a hero, the troops are all heroes, every single one.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial And I don't believe]] saying that cheapens the word and disrespects those we mean to honor by turning real people into political pawns.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': Also, I am NOT deeply ambivalent about a seemingly mandated celebration of our military that claims to value peace, [[BrokenAesop telling our children that violence is never the answer, while refusing to hold our own government to the same standard]].\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': Furthermore I do not find it unbelievably appropriate that this conversation is taking place on reality television, a genre which thrives on chopping the complexities of our era into easily digestible chunks of empty catchphrases.
* BadassAndChildDuo: [[spoiler:With the baby seahorse in "Fish Out of Water".]]
* BadDreams: [[DisneyAcidSequence In "Downer Ending".]]
* BadLiar: Despite being capable when he's motivated, he crumbles under nervousness when telling a lie. Just ask Diane or Princess Carolyn.
* BagOfSpilling: An {{Invoked|Trope}} trope. Due to his severe depression and inability to work constantly in his improvement, [=BoJack=]'s lessons are constantly thrown in the bus or misinterpreted, ensuring that any path he sees ends up being a temporarily one rather than the definitive way out.
* TheBartender: Before he starred in ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'', he used to work as one.
* BastardAngst: [=BoJack=] was the key person why his parents ended up together (based on background information, Butterscotch hit the bullseye with Beatrice and the result was an unintended pregnancy with neither being married resulting in the loss of status for mother and death of dreams for father) and as such, his status as a bastard wasn't appreciated by either of them. Even to this day, he's still haunted by the very abusive childhood he had.
* BastardBoyfriend: In an unintentional fashion (the Type 2: Conflicted), he acts and behaves this way towards [[LoveMartyr Princess Carolyn]] in general. It's less because he means to or because he hates her, more because he's too LoveHungry and selfish to truly focus on a serious relationship with her. It's even worse when they interact as agent and client: since they know each other so well, the "nothing personal, clean slate" principle doesn't work; with his stubbornness and constant whims of doing projects for the sake of its goodness and interest on them rather than for money often making life more difficult for Princess Carolyn (which both makes her [[BeleagueredAssistant miserable]] and [[ChallengeSeeker happy]]), her advice falling on his deaf ears and his actions making her yell at him. The fact that his mood can often make her the target of his ire by venting his frustrations or obsessive love and clinging to an idealized relationship doesn't help at all, especially when it comes to visionary conflicts. It's not completely one-sided, with Princess Carolyn's lashing out to him feeding his self loathing, not say anything of the guilt he feels whenever she's around.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: More than twenty years ago, [=BoJack=] Horseman used to be a caring, somewhat friendly, if still flawed individual who would do his best to help out anyone, his friends especially, including backing up his exposed gay friend and mentor, Herb Kazzaz; and would be baffled at the idea of leaving them at their own luck. In the present, [=BoJack=] is a bitter, uncaring and sad individual who seems resigned to the way things are in Hollywood, as shown by his reaction to the Hank Hippopopalous case and treats his friends like companions at best and commodities at worst.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: More than once, this is one of [=BoJack=]'s foibles. For all of his talk about his rotten luck and what could make his life worthwhile, when he does get what he thinks he needs, it's in a way to show why that's not the answer he's looking for. One might argue his life is a constant "expectative-disillutionment" rinse and repeat.
** In his younger days, [=BoJack=]'d admire Secretariat as a grand figure and wished to be just like him. In present day, [=BoJack=] is right on that track...a track of disappointment, depression, false starts and celebrity hollowness just like his hero, who's path lead him to commit suicide. His attitude has changed a lot: now instead of trying to get in, [=BoJack=]'s desperately trying to get out.
** He wished to be in a normal family, surrounded by loved ones. He got his wish by starring in ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'', only for his flaws and mistakes turning everyone into individuals as screwed and unhappy as he is [[spoiler:and personally partaking in one of them's self destruction and death.]]
** [=BoJack=]'s biggest wish was to become famous at any cost, thinking this would earn him appreciation and acceptance from the general public and forgiveness from his parents' part.
*** He eventually does after abandoning his best friend Herb Kazzaz after a controversy (who was the one who gave him the job in ''H. A.'') and rejecting a possible happier future with an old flame Charlotte Moore (which leads him to another more horrifying example below), rising and becoming a well known star with tons of money and recognition only to then realize the hollowness of such ideal and how much he has lost with the pursuit of his dream, including his friends, who's appreciation was small but genuine.
*** From his parents, he eventually got an apology from his mother, who being a narcissist, uses a BackhandedApology to assuage her guilt while turning the guilt from her to [=BoJack=] for "being broken", which discourages him and returns him to a depressive state after a brief run as an optimist, ironically making him perfect for the role of ''Secretariat'', which clashed with his previous newfound joy.
** He wanted to separate from Princess Carolyn constantly by being a huge {{jerkass}} toward her. Once she finally starts dating casually, he realizes how jealous he feels about it. [[spoiler:And parting professionally as well, she is unable to tell him about his (possible) illegitimate daughter.]]
** His dream project was to star in a {{biopic}} about Secretariat. He eventually does, only to observe how similar their lives are and how failing to change himself might lead him [[DrivenToSuicide down the same route]].
** His autobiography, which he thought would return him to the spotlight[[labelnote:*]]and did[[/labelnote]], includes everything from his deepest fears to his personal secrets with no filter to go around it, presenting him as he is: flawed. Being the self-delusional narcissist he is, [=BoJack=] suffers a breakdown.
** After ''Secretariat'' faces ExecutiveMeddling after a focus group session gone wrong, [=BoJack=] persuades Kelsey, the director, to play a risky gambit involving a crucial (and according to Turtletaub, controversial) scene with Secretariat and Richard Nixon to convince the producers not to change the tone of the movie, instead keeping it gritty. It costs Kelsey her job and ensures the ToneShift both were trying to avoid in the first place.
** Having separated entirely from Herb, [=BoJack=] often wished to reconnect with them as closure. Making his first attempt at redemption with Herb, his actions and selfish desire to be forgiven caused what's left of their friendship to collapse.
** [=BoJack=] calls out Abe, Kelsey's replacement for directing the Secretariat biopic, for his nonchalance about lousy takes and suggests that they do more. Then, under the assumption that Abe is as self-aware of [[{{Glurge}} what kind of movie he's making]] as he is, casually refers to the movie as shit, Abe makes him do as many takes as possible just to spite him.
** And of course, there's Charlotte, the apple of his eye and whose presence has always given [=BoJack=] a lifeline to cling to, even after departing from his life with [=BoJack=] often wondering what could have been had he decided to follow her to Maine, even daydreaming about it. Once things go sideways with the ''Secretariat'' shooting and everything seems to be headed straight to hell, [=BoJack=] decides to give it a go and find Charlotte to see if they can mend and start over...together. Once he arrives in New Mexico, [=BoJack=] discovers that Charlotte has moved on and is now married, with children and happy. This of course triggers an attempt to replicate his idealized home fantasies by ingratiating himself into her family as a sort of [[CoolUncle Cool]] [[HonoraryUncle "Honorary"]] [[CoolUncle Uncle]] to the children, which of course leads her to Penny, Charlotte's daughter and splitting image....
** Once she gets to know him, Penny and [=BoJack=] become inseparable during the next two months, with [=BoJack=] seeing her LikeADaughterToMe while Penny sees him as a ParentalSubstitute to her more strict and dull parents, since the horse is of the teenager mentality that CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority. Of course, due to [=BoJack=] having an actual immature mind, he can't measure the appropriate consequences of such reckless behavior, fueled by his Hollywoo mentality, which makes him less of a an actual parental figure (the way he wants to think himself of) and more of a budding friend (the way he wants to think himself as, but responsible which he is not), which is a bad combination when a) deep down Penny realizes that he's more of a toxic friend, but because he treats her with the respect normally associated with paternal figures, as an equal contrary to her parents, he can't help but see [=BoJack=] as admirable even when he makes the most horrible choices and b) because of such respect as well as her naivety in love, she develops a crush on him that just ''reeks'' of IncestSubtext, much to his horror.
* BecauseImGoodAtIt: A [[PlayedForDrama tragic]] example. For all of his faults, it's clear that he continues being a {{jerkass}}, because it's the only way of life he has left or knows how to (badly) deal with. His actions in "Escape From L.A." just make this clearer.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [=BoJack=] latches on to anyone who's even remotely nice to him, due to growing up without love or support. Matter of fact, that's one of the main reasons why he eventually bonds and befriends Diane, since she's the only one who knows everything about him and doesn't ''mock'' over it unless called for.

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* BackhandedApology: The way he apologizes to [[ReturningWarVet Neal [=McBeal=]]], the Navy [[AmbiguousSyntax SEAL?]] since he obviously resents being forced to apologize for something so asinine (buying a box of muffins that Neal had "dibs" on), so he does it in a [[SarcasmMode very sarcastic manner]].
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': You're a hero, the troops are all heroes, every single one.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial And I don't believe]] saying that cheapens the word and disrespects those we mean to honor by turning real people into political pawns.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': Also, I am NOT deeply ambivalent about a seemingly mandated celebration of our military that claims to value peace, [[BrokenAesop telling our children that violence is never the answer, while refusing to hold our own government to the same standard]].\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': Furthermore I do not find it unbelievably appropriate that this conversation is taking place on reality television, a genre which thrives on chopping the complexities of our era into easily digestible chunks of empty catchphrases.
* BadassAndChildDuo: [[spoiler:With the baby seahorse in "Fish Out of Water".]]
* BadDreams: [[DisneyAcidSequence In "Downer Ending".]]
* BadLiar: Despite being capable when he's motivated, he crumbles under nervousness when telling a lie. Just ask Diane or Princess Carolyn.
* BagOfSpilling: An {{Invoked|Trope}} trope. Due to his severe depression and inability to work constantly in his improvement, [=BoJack=]'s lessons are constantly thrown in the bus or misinterpreted, ensuring that any path he sees ends up being a temporarily one rather than the definitive way out.
* TheBartender: Before he starred in ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'', he used to work as one.
* BastardAngst: [=BoJack=] was an unplanned child and the key person why main reason his parents ended up together (based on background information, Butterscotch hit the bullseye with Beatrice and the result was an unintended pregnancy with neither being married resulting in the loss of status together. They each blame him for mother and death of dreams for father) and as such, his status as a bastard wasn't appreciated by either of them.how miserably their lives turned out. Even to this day, he's still haunted by the very abusive childhood he had.
* BastardBoyfriend: In an unintentional fashion (the Type 2: Conflicted), he acts and behaves this way towards [[LoveMartyr Princess Carolyn]] in general. It's less because he means to or because he hates her, more because he's too LoveHungry and selfish to truly focus on a serious relationship with her. It's even worse when they interact as agent and client: since they know each other so well, the "nothing personal, clean slate" principle doesn't work; with his stubbornness and constant whims of doing projects for the sake of its goodness and interest on them rather than for money often making life more difficult for Princess Carolyn (which both makes her [[BeleagueredAssistant miserable]] and [[ChallengeSeeker happy]]), her advice falling on his deaf ears and his actions making her yell at him. The fact that his mood can often make her the target of his ire by venting his frustrations or obsessive love and clinging to an idealized relationship doesn't help at all, especially when it comes to visionary conflicts. It's not completely one-sided, with Princess Carolyn's lashing out to him feeding his self loathing, not say anything of the guilt he feels whenever she's around.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: More than twenty years ago, [=BoJack=] Horseman used to be a caring, somewhat friendly, if still flawed individual who would do his best to help out anyone, his friends especially, including backing up his exposed gay friend and mentor, Herb Kazzaz; and would be baffled at the idea of leaving them at their own luck. anyone. In the present, [=BoJack=] is a bitter, uncaring and sad individual who seems resigned to the way things are in Hollywood, as shown by his reaction to the Hank Hippopopalous case and treats his friends like companions at best and commodities at worst.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: More than once, this is one of [=BoJack=]'s foibles. For all of his talk about his rotten luck and what could make his life worthwhile, when he does get what he thinks he needs, it's in a way to show why that's not the answer he's looking for. One might argue his life is a constant "expectative-disillutionment" rinse and repeat.
** In his younger days, [=BoJack=]'d admire Secretariat as a grand figure and wished to be just like him. In present day, [=BoJack=] is right on that track...a track of disappointment, depression, false starts and celebrity hollowness just like his hero, who's path lead him to commit suicide. His attitude has changed a lot: now instead of trying to get in, [=BoJack=]'s desperately trying to get out.
** He wished to be in a normal family, surrounded by loved ones. He got his wish by starring in ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'', only for his flaws and mistakes turning everyone into individuals as screwed and unhappy as he is [[spoiler:and personally partaking in one of them's self destruction and death.]]
** [=BoJack=]'s biggest wish was to become famous at any cost, thinking this would earn him appreciation and acceptance from the general public and forgiveness from his parents' part.
*** He eventually does after abandoning his best friend Herb Kazzaz after a controversy (who was the one who gave him the job in ''H. A.'') and rejecting a possible happier future with an old flame Charlotte Moore (which leads him to another more horrifying example below), rising and becoming a well known star with tons of money and recognition only to then realize the hollowness of such ideal and how much he has lost with the pursuit of his dream, including his friends, who's appreciation was small but genuine.
*** From his parents, he eventually got an apology from his mother, who being a narcissist, uses a BackhandedApology to assuage her guilt while turning the guilt from her to [=BoJack=] for "being broken", which discourages him and returns him to a depressive state after a brief run as an optimist, ironically making him perfect for the role of ''Secretariat'', which clashed with his previous newfound joy.
** He wanted to separate from Princess Carolyn constantly by being a huge {{jerkass}} toward her. Once she finally starts dating casually, he realizes how jealous he feels about it. [[spoiler:And parting professionally as well, she is unable to tell him about his (possible) illegitimate daughter.]]
** His dream project was to star in a {{biopic}} about Secretariat. He eventually does, only to observe how similar their lives are and how failing to change himself might lead him [[DrivenToSuicide down the same route]].
** His autobiography, which he thought would return him to the spotlight[[labelnote:*]]and did[[/labelnote]], includes everything from his deepest fears to his personal secrets with no filter to go around it, presenting him as he is: flawed. Being the self-delusional narcissist he is, [=BoJack=] suffers a breakdown.
** After ''Secretariat'' faces ExecutiveMeddling after a focus group session gone wrong, [=BoJack=] persuades Kelsey, the director, to play a risky gambit involving a crucial (and according to Turtletaub, controversial) scene with Secretariat and Richard Nixon to convince the producers not to change the tone of the movie, instead keeping it gritty. It costs Kelsey her job and ensures the ToneShift both were trying to avoid in the first place.
** Having separated entirely from Herb, [=BoJack=] often wished to reconnect with them as closure. Making his first attempt at redemption with Herb, his actions and selfish desire to be forgiven caused what's left of their friendship to collapse.
** [=BoJack=] calls out Abe, Kelsey's replacement for directing the Secretariat biopic, for his nonchalance about lousy takes and suggests that they do more. Then, under the assumption that Abe is as self-aware of [[{{Glurge}} what kind of movie he's making]] as he is, casually refers to the movie as shit, Abe makes him do as many takes as possible just to spite him.
** And of course, there's Charlotte, the apple of his eye and whose presence has always given [=BoJack=] a lifeline to cling to, even after departing from his life with [=BoJack=] often wondering what could have been had he decided to follow her to Maine, even daydreaming about it. Once things go sideways with the ''Secretariat'' shooting and everything seems to be headed straight to hell, [=BoJack=] decides to give it a go and find Charlotte to see if they can mend and start over...together. Once he arrives in New Mexico, [=BoJack=] discovers that Charlotte has moved on and is now married, with children and happy. This of course triggers an attempt to replicate his idealized home fantasies by ingratiating himself into her family as a sort of [[CoolUncle Cool]] [[HonoraryUncle "Honorary"]] [[CoolUncle Uncle]] to the children, which of course leads her to Penny, Charlotte's daughter and splitting image....
** Once she gets to know him, Penny and [=BoJack=] become inseparable during the next two months, with [=BoJack=] seeing her LikeADaughterToMe while Penny sees him as a ParentalSubstitute to her more strict and dull parents, since the horse is of the teenager mentality that CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority. Of course, due to [=BoJack=] having an actual immature mind, he can't measure the appropriate consequences of such reckless behavior, fueled by his Hollywoo mentality, which makes him less of a an actual parental figure (the way he wants to think himself of) and more of a budding friend (the way he wants to think himself as, but responsible which he is not), which is a bad combination when a) deep down Penny realizes that he's more of a toxic friend, but because he treats her with the respect normally associated with paternal figures, as an equal contrary to her parents, he can't help but see [=BoJack=] as admirable even when he makes the most horrible choices and b) because of such respect as well as her naivety in love, she develops a crush on him that just ''reeks'' of IncestSubtext, much to his horror.
* BecauseImGoodAtIt: A [[PlayedForDrama tragic]] example. For all of his faults, it's clear that he continues being a {{jerkass}}, because it's the only way of life he has left or knows how to (badly) deal with. His actions in "Escape From L.A." just make this clearer.
Hollywoo.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [=BoJack=] latches on to anyone who's even remotely nice to him, due to growing up without love or support. Matter of fact, that's It's one of the main reasons why he eventually bonds and befriends becomes romantically obsessed with Diane, since she's the only one who knows everything about him and doesn't ''mock'' over it unless called for.largely accepts him despite it.



* BerserkButton: A lot, actually.
** [=BoJack=] really “hates” honeydew, especially if it's next to cantaloupe.
** Don't publish anything in his Twitter [[https://twitter.com/BoJackHorseman/status/770398393919078400?lang=es about Mr. Peanutbutter]]. Or praise him. Or say you think [[https://twitter.com/BoJackHorseman/status/769622288954077185?lang=es he's the best character in the series]]. You won't leave it unscathed. Actually, this applies to everything Mr. Peanutbutter-related, be it personally or just a slight mention, since he ''can't stand him''. '''''AT ALL'''''. Even as recently as getting a bit better in dealing with him, he's still dismissive of his ideas and thinks he's a naive, optimistic moron who's job is to pest him. [[spoiler:It surely makes [[https://twitter.com/BoJackHorseman/status/901526533898092545 Mr. Peanutbutter's takeover of his Twitter account]] during his absence in-between seasons a hilarious irony.]]
** Don't insult ''JustForFun/HorsinAround''. Unless you're scary like [[IronLady Ana]].
** Don't suggest he's not a real star or remind him of his status as a former celebrity.
* BetterLivingThroughEvil: When he was a rising actor, all the jobs [=BoJack=] could get were ads for cream and extra in series, having a second job meanwhile as a bartender. Once he made it big? $30,000 per episode, fame and all the luxuries one could ask for. Of course, his desire to keep such lifestyle would trigger his StartOfDarkness and his later sad life.
* BigBrotherMentor: [[spoiler: PlayedWith. [=BoJack=] is not the kind of guy anyone would look up as a cool big brother, much less a role model and that's exactly how Hollyhock refuses to see him, even if she knows enough of his better nature to call him out when he goes too far. That being said, he's knowledgeable and savvy enough to guide Hollyhock through (mostly) good advice, even if Hollyhock has to bend it one way to fit the situation. There's also the little fact neither of them know they're half-siblings until the end of season 4.]]
* TheBigDamnKiss: [[HoYay With Mr. Peanutbutter]] in "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E8LetsFindOut Let's Find Out]]".
* BigEater: He can down a whole box of muffins in one sitting. Probably {{justified|Trope}} because he is a horse.
* BigEgoHiddenDepths: At first glance, he looks your typical Hollywood douche. [[BrokenBird Look]] [[ICouldaBeenAContender closer.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather: The reason why he eventually bonds with Diane. They both come from broken families and they're both pretty cynical. {{Deconstructed}} in season 3 when Diane explicitly states they bring out the worst in each other ''because'' they're so alike.
* BlessedWithSuck: [=BoJack=] is able to hit the right notes for Secretariat, but as his mother explains and as he finds out, it's because he's [[RealitySubtext stuck in the same route.]]
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Every interaction [[CloserToEarth [=BoJack=]]] has with either [[ThePollyanna Todd]] or [[TheDitz Mr. Peanutbutter]] has shades of this, with [=BoJack=] playing the Tsukkomi (StraightMan) to Todd and Mr. Peanutbutter's Boke ([[CloudCuckoolander stupid guy]]).
* BondingOverMissingParents: Well, ''Bonding over abusive families''. With Diane.
* BornUnlucky: {{ZigZagged|Trope}}. As noted below on [[BrokenBird Broken Bird]], it seems as if [=BoJack=] never really had a chance to be anything but a damaged person who [[HistoryRepeats will repeat some of the mistakes]] [[TheChainOfHarm his parents made.]] Then, again, there are multiple times when [=BoJack=] has a choice to do the right thing, even if it means facing an AwfulTruth or not getting what he wants. Sometimes, he takes it; sometimes, you got to wonder how much heart of gold there really is within him.
* BreakUpToMakeUp: Very much so. The problem is rather than both searching for fulfillment and redemption, [=BoJack=] often does it out of a misguided sense of justice, similar to cutting them off before they sink deeper along with him.
** PlayedForLaughs when he attributes peeing in Creator/DrewBarrymore's car as the reason for her eventual sobriety.
** PlayedWith in his breakup with Wanda: while initially it just seems like a ToiletSeatDivorce: Dating Edition, Wanda seemed determined to pigeonhole [=BoJack=] in a box more suitable for Hollywood, as well as one more suitable for her to live with and [=BoJack=] was beginning to resent her nonchalance toward the hypocrisy and rose-colored bullshit Hollywood thrives on as part of her job. Once they separate, Wanda puts her life together and heads to Detroit with a bigger position on TV Programming than before. [=BoJack=]...[[spoiler:finds another temporary solution in the Oscar campaign]].
** {{Invoked|Trope}} when he parts ways with [[spoiler:Princess Carolyn: [=BoJack=] has come to the realization, in his own bumbling, twisted way, that being together with their flaws and co-dependence is just making them go around and around without really any progress from either part, just a reassuring "placebo" effect of numbness that keeps dragging them down. So after a particularly delicate multi-deal gone wrong[[note]]resulting in emotional frustration and heartbreak rather than just work[[/note]], [=BoJack=] simply prepares to fire PC with the intention of each going their own way to improve themselves, although with a side dish of resentment and dismissal to the whole notion, which complicates what should have been an already emotional moment.]]
** [[spoiler:Used preemptively by Ana against him in [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS3E10ItsYou "It's You"]] and [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS3E11ThatsTooMuchMan "That's Too Much, Man!"]]: Since she's already seen how out of control things can get around him, she'd rather return to her solitude than be within "bad company".]]
** [[spoiler:Played straight in season 4: leaving Hollywoo and wandering around his family's old summer house does make [=BoJack=] confront the rot inside him. While he doesn't return to Hollywoo better than he left, it is with this new state of mind that [=BoJack=] is finally able to form a bond with his alleged illegitimate daughter Hollyhock. Although it's {{deconstructed|Trope}} as well; see, you can't just leave a place without any notice and expect everyone to be okay with it as Diane tells him when he returns.]]
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl:
** In season 2 with [[GenkiGirl Wanda]]. A {{deconstruction}} of this trope as well, since rather than complementing each other, their personalities don't exactly blend together because of their differences.
** He also has a more unusual, familiar relationship like this with Hollyhock, who is his illegimitate daughter [[spoiler: ( well, actually his ''half-sister'' )]]. However, unlike the case with Wanda, this trope ends up being played straight - Hollyhock's presence and [[NiceGirl kind and sweet personality]] does wonders to [=BoJack's=] CharacterDevelopment and [[spoiler: they agree to stay in each other's lives as brother and sister.]]

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* BerserkButton: A lot, actually.
** [=BoJack=] really “hates” honeydew, especially if it's next to cantaloupe.
** Don't publish anything in his Twitter [[https://twitter.com/BoJackHorseman/status/770398393919078400?lang=es about Mr. Peanutbutter]]. Or praise him. Or say you think [[https://twitter.com/BoJackHorseman/status/769622288954077185?lang=es he's the best character in the series]]. You won't leave it unscathed. Actually, this applies to everything Mr. Peanutbutter-related, be it personally or just a slight mention, since he ''can't stand him''. '''''AT ALL'''''. Even as recently as getting a bit better in dealing with him, he's still dismissive of his ideas and thinks he's a naive, optimistic moron who's job is to pest him. [[spoiler:It surely makes [[https://twitter.com/BoJackHorseman/status/901526533898092545 Mr. Peanutbutter's takeover of his Twitter account]] during his absence in-between seasons a hilarious irony.]]
** Don't insult ''JustForFun/HorsinAround''. Unless you're scary like [[IronLady Ana]].
** Don't suggest he's not a real star or remind him of his status as a former celebrity.
* BetterLivingThroughEvil: When he was a rising actor, all the jobs [=BoJack=] could get were ads for cream and extra in series, having a second job meanwhile as a bartender. Once he made it big? $30,000 per episode, fame and all the luxuries one could ask for. Of course, his desire to keep such lifestyle would trigger his StartOfDarkness and his later sad life.
* BigBrotherMentor: [[spoiler: PlayedWith. [=BoJack=] is not the kind of guy anyone would look up as a cool big brother, much less a role model and that's exactly how Hollyhock refuses to see him, even if she knows enough of his better nature to call him out when he goes too far. That being said, he's knowledgeable and savvy enough to guide Hollyhock through (mostly) good advice, even if Hollyhock has to bend it one way to fit the situation. There's also the little fact neither of them know they're half-siblings until the end of season 4.]]
* TheBigDamnKiss: [[HoYay With Mr. Peanutbutter]] in "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E8LetsFindOut Let's Find Out]]".
* BigEater: He can down a whole box of muffins in one sitting. Probably {{justified|Trope}} because he is a horse.\n* BigEgoHiddenDepths: At first glance, he looks your typical Hollywood douche. [[BrokenBird Look]] [[ICouldaBeenAContender closer.]]\n* BirdsOfAFeather: The reason why he eventually bonds with Diane. They both come from broken families and they're both pretty cynical. {{Deconstructed}} in season 3 when Diane explicitly states they bring out the worst in each other ''because'' they're so alike.\n* BlessedWithSuck: [=BoJack=] is able to hit the right notes for Secretariat, but as his mother explains and as he finds out, it's because he's [[RealitySubtext stuck in the same route.]]\n* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Every interaction [[CloserToEarth [=BoJack=]]] has with either [[ThePollyanna Todd]] or [[TheDitz Mr. Peanutbutter]] has shades of this, with [=BoJack=] playing the Tsukkomi (StraightMan) to Todd and Mr. Peanutbutter's Boke ([[CloudCuckoolander stupid guy]]).\n* BondingOverMissingParents: Well, ''Bonding over abusive families''. With Diane.\n* BornUnlucky: {{ZigZagged|Trope}}. As noted below on [[BrokenBird Broken Bird]], it seems as if [=BoJack=] never really had a chance to be anything but a damaged person who [[HistoryRepeats will repeat some of the mistakes]] [[TheChainOfHarm his parents made.]] Then, again, there are multiple times when [=BoJack=] has a choice to do the right thing, even if it means facing an AwfulTruth or not getting what he wants. Sometimes, he takes it; sometimes, you got to wonder how much heart of gold there really is within him.\n* BreakUpToMakeUp: Very much so. The problem is rather than both searching for fulfillment and redemption, [=BoJack=] often does it out of a misguided sense of justice, similar to cutting them off before they sink deeper along with him.\n** PlayedForLaughs when he attributes peeing in Creator/DrewBarrymore's car as the reason for her eventual sobriety.\n** PlayedWith in his breakup with Wanda: while initially it just seems like a ToiletSeatDivorce: Dating Edition, Wanda seemed determined to pigeonhole [=BoJack=] in a box more suitable for Hollywood, as well as one more suitable for her to live with and [=BoJack=] was beginning to resent her nonchalance toward the hypocrisy and rose-colored bullshit Hollywood thrives on as part of her job. Once they separate, Wanda puts her life together and heads to Detroit with a bigger position on TV Programming than before. [=BoJack=]...[[spoiler:finds another temporary solution in the Oscar campaign]].\n** {{Invoked|Trope}} when he parts ways with [[spoiler:Princess Carolyn: [=BoJack=] has come to the realization, in his own bumbling, twisted way, that being together with their flaws and co-dependence is just making them go around and around without really any progress from either part, just a reassuring "placebo" effect of numbness that keeps dragging them down. So after a particularly delicate multi-deal gone wrong[[note]]resulting in emotional frustration and heartbreak rather than just work[[/note]], [=BoJack=] simply prepares to fire PC with the intention of each going their own way to improve themselves, although with a side dish of resentment and dismissal to the whole notion, which complicates what should have been an already emotional moment.]] \n** [[spoiler:Used preemptively by Ana against him in [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS3E10ItsYou "It's You"]] and [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS3E11ThatsTooMuchMan "That's Too Much, Man!"]]: Since she's already seen how out of control things can get around him, she'd rather return to her solitude than be within "bad company".]]\n** [[spoiler:Played straight in season 4: leaving Hollywoo and wandering around his family's old summer house does make [=BoJack=] confront the rot inside him. While he doesn't return to Hollywoo better than he left, it is with this new state of mind that [=BoJack=] is finally able to form a bond with his alleged illegitimate daughter Hollyhock. Although it's {{deconstructed|Trope}} as well; see, you can't just leave a place without any notice and expect everyone to be okay with it as Diane tells him when he returns.]]\n* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: \n** In season 2 with [[GenkiGirl Wanda]]. A {{deconstruction}} of this trope as well, since rather than complementing each other, their personalities don't exactly blend together because of their differences.\n** He also has a more unusual, familiar relationship like this with Hollyhock, who is his illegimitate daughter [[spoiler: ( well, actually his ''half-sister'' )]]. However, unlike the case with Wanda, this trope ends up being played straight - Hollyhock's presence and [[NiceGirl kind and sweet personality]] does wonders to [=BoJack's=] CharacterDevelopment and [[spoiler: they agree to stay in each other's lives as brother and sister.]]



* BrokenMessiah: {{Invoked|Trope}}. [=BoJack=] hasn't ''completely'' forsaken his values, morals or qualities as a horseman, but looking back it's clear that the horse has fallen quite a bit from the idealistic, caring colt he once was. Growing up, [=BoJack=] was steadfast, well-behaved and had a more idealistic overlook, often smiling and hoping for the best even in situations he'd been taught by experience to approach otherwise. However, as the abuse, self-loathing and loneliness took its toll, [=BoJack=] developed into less of a stable individual. Still, he grew into a somewhat normal horse who could still care, even if his repressed, timid nature made him susceptible to vices as well as too passive to take chances (love, work, goals) whenever they would come up. Hitting it big with ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'' and deprived of a possible love relationship as well as any attachments or ropes to hold him back, his flaws slowly starting popping up, growing just as big as his fame. Confronted with his impulses and dark side clashing with his perception as a good guy, [=BoJack=]'s breaking point came when his best friend Herb's job was put in the line and he kept silent out of self-preservation and pragmatism. It's all history from there, but let's just say people around him aren't alone in questioning his decency; hell, he's long since given up on thinking he's really as well-meaning as he would like to think. Still, he might not be as hopeless as he thinks if he could stop self sabotaging.
* BrokenPedestal: Chances are, when people have needed [=BoJack=]'s help, he hasn't been the kind of support they expected.
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanDianeNguyen Diane]] suffered a major disappointment when [=BoJack=] vetoed her idea for the biography and promptly fired her. This case was a lot more complex, since they were able to mend up and Diane also went behind [=BoJack=]'s back to publish the first chapter as a sneak peek against his wishes.
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanToddChavez Todd]]'s belief in the good in him died when he found out he had sabotaged his RockOpera to keep him around. It was rebuilt again when he admitted that he cared about him and [[spoiler: again it was destroyed after he went and had sex with a special friend of his.]]
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanMrPeanutbutter Mr. Peanutbutter]] has tried time and time again to become [=BoJack=]'s friend despite the cold hate from the horse and the decades rivalry they have. All comes to a halt when he finds out that he kissed his girlfriend Diane. And she enjoys spending time with [=BoJack=] more than with him. While not having completely cast away [=BoJack=] and far from resenting him, Mr. Peanutbutter is surely getting tired of having to compete for Diane's attention. For the most part, however, he's okay with it as long as they stay JustFriends.
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanPrincessCarolyn Princess Carolyn]]'s a rather peculiar case. By all means she's aware of his flaws and shortcomings and has been let down by [=BoJack=], yet still keeps coming back to him. [[spoiler:In this case, it's ''[=BoJack=]'' of all people who {{invoke|dTrope}}s this trope in order to cut ties.]]
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanHorsinAroundCastAndCrew Herb]] stopped thinking the world of the Horse when he failed to stand up in his favor with the executives. It could have improved if [=BoJack=] had actually visited him in the years that followed.
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanCharlotteMooreCarson Charlotte]]'s appreciation for him was shattered when she found [=BoJack=] about to have sex with her daughter. Only one will be able to guess how will she react when she finds out [[spoiler: [=BoJack=] followed Penny to her college to try to apologize despite her threats.]]
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheMooreCarsons Penny]]. [[BreakTheCutie Dear lord]], ''[[FreakOut PENNY]]''. [=BoJack=] becomes good friends with her during his time in Tesuque and even takes her to the prom after Diego, her crush, turns her down. However, the tragedies surrounding the evening become more and more troubling for her (drunk driving, possible intoxication, irresponsability galore), until she almost sleeps with [=BoJack=] believing he's the only adult who understands her, something he avoids until he's too depressed to even care. [[spoiler:By the time they reencounter, Penny is now scared of [=BoJack=] and is traumatized by the possibility that he's been following her..[[note]]which he has, but for good (if horribly misguided) reasons[[/note]]]]
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTesuqueNM Pete "Pete Repeat" Pocket]] was initially amazed by the star of ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'' hanging out with a bunch of normal kids and how "progressive" he was by offering alcohol to teenagers. When Maddy collapses, however, Pete is increasingly disappointed and horrified by the lengths [=BoJack=] will go to avoid any incrimination without outright abandoning Maddy to her luck. Once he's coerced into covering for him and keeping an eye on Maddy at the hospital, the pedestal has been fully shattered.
* BrutalHonesty: [=BoJack=] will never filter or sugarcoat what he wants to say, ever. [[LikeFatherLikeSon One wonders where he gets it from.]]
* BurningTheShips: A recurring theme for [=BoJack=]'s arc is how by trying to hang onto his past and idealizing them as better days, when truly confronted by the reality of those, not only would he end up being gobsmacked by the truth, but his stubbornness and selfishness would end up making things worse for him and completely destroying that specific relationship, with no chance of mending it.
** So far, he has destroyed his friendship/mentorship with Herb in "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS1E08TheTelescope The Telescope]]" and rekindling friendship status with Charlotte in "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E11EscapeFromLA Escape From L.A.]]".
** Season 3 takes this up a notch [[spoiler: by having [=BoJack=] part ways with Princess Carolyn, Todd, Kelsey and Ana, followed by him and Sarah Lynn going on a months-long bender, which causes Sarah Lynn's death as she and [=BoJack=] are at the planetarium]].
* ButtMonkey: Frequently at the end of his rope, receives little to no respect on the few occassions he deserves some, has several BreakTheHaughty moments, more often than not has a penchant for losing and hits new lows with each passing season. {{Deconstructed|Trope}} given that some of the bad things that happen to him [[LaserGuidedKarma are hubris of his own making]] and since his content mishaps (though no doubt partly of his own doing) have led him to develop a deep anxiety whenever something is going his way, fearful of losing it or just being a plain setup for a worse situation [[SelfFulfillingProphecy causing it to become so]].
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: [=BoJack=] can't remember how Bradley Hitler-Smith's mother looks like, ''despite the fact that he slept with her and caused his parents' divorce''. He had random trysts with ''a lot'' of women back then, after all.
* ByronicHero: Whether it's referring to [=BoJack=]'s lifestyle, philosophy or just his plain murky actions, he is pretty much the embodiment of this trope applied to modern times. Just look at all the boxes he checks out:
** In the [[TallDarkAndSnarky brooding department]], he's often shown sulking around his house, feeling miserable and ponders about the nature of fatalism, if it's possible to change who you are at the core and the fleeting nature of happiness.
** [[DarkAndTroubledPast Troubled]]? Yeesh, with coveted narcissists for parents and a rather starved out childhood, followed by a slow descent into moral grayness, addiction and betrayal of those closest to him, he's very much a BrokenBird although he would kick you rather than admit a hug which only feeds into his alienation.
** [=BoJack=] is also [[DoingItForTheArt passion-driven]]: be it a pet project, artistic integrity over dull prosperity, intelligent conversation and discussion at odds with Hollywoo's watered-down culture, he will never back down from a fight even if it means spouting an unpopular opinion or clashing against powerful figures.
** Extremely [[ItsAllAboutMe self-involved]], he will forgo personal feelings or the well-being of his loved ones such as Princess Carolyn, Wanda Pierce, Diane Nguyen, Todd Chavez or Kelsey Jannings in pursuit of [[InternalReformist what he thinks should be reality and how others should perceive it the way he does]].
** He is the unenviable hold of [[MoodSwinger emotional instability]] and [[GuiltComplex tremendous]] [[BeAllMySinsRemembered guilt over the wreckage left behind him]] while fighting (and often losing) to his urges.
** Even with all of that, he possesses [[TheCharmer great charisma]] that attracts people and has earned him [[SympathyForTheHero grudging respect]] even from the coldest personas and [[GeniusSlob intelligence]] that dwarfs his peers and could be redirected to greater causes if properly motivated.
** In another work, he could be a genuine hero but as he stands, he's an evisceration of the ideal. See DeconstructedCharacterArchetype below.

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* BrokenMessiah: {{Invoked|Trope}}. [=BoJack=] hasn't ''completely'' forsaken his values, morals or qualities as a horseman, but looking back it's clear that the horse has fallen quite a bit from the idealistic, caring colt he once was. Growing up, [=BoJack=] was steadfast, well-behaved and had a more idealistic overlook, often smiling and hoping for the best even in situations he'd been taught by experience to approach otherwise. However, as the abuse, self-loathing and loneliness took its toll, [=BoJack=] developed into less of a stable individual. Still, he grew into a somewhat normal horse who could still care, even if his repressed, timid nature made him susceptible to vices as well as too passive to take chances (love, work, goals) whenever they would come up. Hitting it big with ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'' and deprived of a possible love relationship as well as any attachments or ropes to hold him back, his flaws slowly starting popping up, growing just as big as his fame. Confronted with his impulses and dark side clashing with his perception as a good guy, [=BoJack=]'s breaking point came when his best friend Herb's job was put in the line and he kept silent out of self-preservation and pragmatism. It's all history from there, but let's just say people around him aren't alone in questioning his decency; hell, he's long since given up on thinking he's really as well-meaning as he would like to think. Still, he might not be as hopeless as he thinks if he could stop self sabotaging.
* BrokenPedestal: Chances are, when people have needed [=BoJack=]'s help, he hasn't been the kind of support they expected.
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanDianeNguyen Diane]] suffered a major disappointment when [=BoJack=] vetoed her idea for the biography and promptly fired her. This case was a lot more complex, since they were able to mend up and Diane also went behind [=BoJack=]'s back to publish the first chapter as a sneak peek against his wishes.
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanToddChavez Todd]]'s belief in the good in him died when he found out he had sabotaged his RockOpera to keep him around. It was rebuilt again when he admitted that he cared about him and [[spoiler: again it was destroyed after he went and had sex with a special friend of his.]]
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanMrPeanutbutter Mr. Peanutbutter]] has tried time and time again to become [=BoJack=]'s friend despite the cold hate from the horse and the decades rivalry they have. All comes to a halt when he finds out that he kissed his girlfriend Diane. And she enjoys spending time with [=BoJack=] more than with him. While not having completely cast away [=BoJack=] and far from resenting him, Mr. Peanutbutter is surely getting tired of having to compete for Diane's attention. For the most part, however, he's okay with it as long as they stay JustFriends.
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanPrincessCarolyn Princess Carolyn]]'s a rather peculiar case. By all means she's aware of his flaws and shortcomings and has been let down by [=BoJack=], yet still keeps coming back to him. [[spoiler:In this case, it's ''[=BoJack=]'' of all people who {{invoke|dTrope}}s this trope in order to cut ties.]]
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanHorsinAroundCastAndCrew Herb]] stopped thinking the world of the Horse when he failed to stand up in his favor with the executives. It could have improved if [=BoJack=] had actually visited him in the years that followed.
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanCharlotteMooreCarson Charlotte]]'s appreciation for him was shattered when she found [=BoJack=] about to have sex with her daughter. Only one will be able to guess how will she react when she finds out [[spoiler: [=BoJack=] followed Penny to her college to try to apologize despite her threats.]]
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTheMooreCarsons Penny]]. [[BreakTheCutie Dear lord]], ''[[FreakOut PENNY]]''. [=BoJack=] becomes good friends with her during his time in Tesuque and even takes her to the prom after Diego, her crush, turns her down. However, the tragedies surrounding the evening become more and more troubling for her (drunk driving, possible intoxication, irresponsability galore), until she almost sleeps with [=BoJack=] believing he's the only adult who understands her, something he avoids until he's too depressed to even care. [[spoiler:By the time they reencounter, Penny is now scared of [=BoJack=] and is traumatized by the possibility that he's been following her..[[note]]which he has, but for good (if horribly misguided) reasons[[/note]]]]
** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanTesuqueNM Pete "Pete Repeat" Pocket]] was initially amazed by the star of ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'' hanging out with a bunch of normal kids and how "progressive" he was by offering alcohol to teenagers. When Maddy collapses, however, Pete is increasingly disappointed and horrified by the lengths [=BoJack=] will go to avoid any incrimination without outright abandoning Maddy to her luck. Once he's coerced into covering for him and keeping an eye on Maddy at the hospital, the pedestal has been fully shattered.
* BrutalHonesty: [=BoJack=] will never filter or sugarcoat what he wants to say, ever. [[LikeFatherLikeSon One wonders where he gets it from.]]
* BurningTheShips: A recurring theme for [=BoJack=]'s arc is how by trying to hang onto his past and idealizing them as better days, when truly confronted by the reality of those, not only would he end up being gobsmacked by the truth, but his stubbornness and selfishness would end up making things worse for him and completely destroying that specific relationship, with no chance of mending it.
** So far, he has destroyed his friendship/mentorship with Herb in "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS1E08TheTelescope The Telescope]]" and rekindling friendship status with Charlotte in "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E11EscapeFromLA Escape From L.A.]]".
** Season 3 takes this up a notch [[spoiler: by having [=BoJack=] part ways with Princess Carolyn, Todd, Kelsey and Ana, followed by him and Sarah Lynn going on a months-long bender, which causes Sarah Lynn's death as she and [=BoJack=] are at the planetarium]].
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* ButtMonkey: Frequently at the end of his rope, receives little to no respect on the few occassions occasions he deserves some, has several BreakTheHaughty moments, more often than not has a penchant for losing and hits new lows with each passing season. {{Deconstructed|Trope}} given that some of the bad things that happen to him [[LaserGuidedKarma are hubris of his own making]] and since his content mishaps (though no doubt partly of his own doing) have led him to develop a deep anxiety whenever something is going his way, fearful of losing it or just being a plain setup for a worse situation [[SelfFulfillingProphecy causing it to become so]].
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: [=BoJack=] can't remember how what Bradley Hitler-Smith's mother looks like, ''despite the fact that he slept with her and caused his parents' divorce''. He had random trysts with ''a lot'' of women back then, after all.
* ByronicHero: Whether it's referring to [=BoJack=]'s lifestyle, philosophy or just his plain murky actions, he is pretty much the embodiment of this trope applied to modern times. Just look at all the boxes he checks out:
** In the [[TallDarkAndSnarky brooding department]], he's often shown sulking around his house, feeling miserable and ponders about the nature of fatalism, if it's possible to change who you are at the core and the fleeting nature of happiness.
** [[DarkAndTroubledPast Troubled]]? Yeesh, with coveted narcissists for parents and a rather starved out childhood, followed by a slow descent into moral grayness, addiction and betrayal of those closest to him, he's very much a BrokenBird although he would kick you rather than admit a hug which only feeds into his alienation.
** [=BoJack=] is also [[DoingItForTheArt passion-driven]]: be it a pet project, artistic integrity over dull prosperity, intelligent conversation and discussion at odds with Hollywoo's watered-down culture, he will never back down from a fight even if it means spouting an unpopular opinion or clashing against powerful figures.
** Extremely [[ItsAllAboutMe self-involved]], he will forgo personal feelings or the well-being of his loved ones such as Princess Carolyn, Wanda Pierce, Diane Nguyen, Todd Chavez or Kelsey Jannings in pursuit of [[InternalReformist what he thinks should be reality and how others should perceive it the way he does]].
** He is the unenviable hold of [[MoodSwinger emotional instability]] and [[GuiltComplex tremendous]] [[BeAllMySinsRemembered guilt over the wreckage left behind him]] while fighting (and often losing) to his urges.
** Even with all of that, he possesses [[TheCharmer great charisma]] that attracts people and has earned him [[SympathyForTheHero grudging respect]] even from the coldest personas and [[GeniusSlob intelligence]] that dwarfs his peers and could be redirected to greater causes if properly motivated.
** In another work, he could be a genuine hero but as he stands, he's an evisceration of the ideal. See DeconstructedCharacterArchetype below.
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* EightiesHair: Back when he was a sitcom actor, he had what seems to be the horse equivalent of a mullet.
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* AbortedDeclarationOfLove: Towards Diane. Twice, actually. One in "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS1E06OurAStoryIsADStory Our A-Story Is A D-Story]]" and another in "Horse Majeur".
** The first one was during a phone conversation ''after'' her engagement as she was talking about what had happened and how much she was excited and shocked at the proposal, only to then tell him coyly about seeing each other the next morning to continue the book. [=BoJack=] gets obviously choked up and tries to tell her, only to chicken out and say, for short, "good luck". Diane then asks about the message he left her and he simply tells her that's just a cake recipe.
** The second one was during a RaceForYourLove scenario when he tries to get to the ceremony to stop the wedding to simply telling Diane how he felt, only to be stopped by Todd. Todd tells him that since he didn't do it at its due time, it's too late. The only thing he would do if he went ahead with his emotions would be to muck their friendship even more or worse, break it off completely. [=BoJack=] reluctantly concedes and forgoes the idea.
* AbstractApotheosis: Given his status as TheEeyore and TheCynic and his life a pretty accurate look into despair, existential crisis and self-sabotage, [[http://themembrane.kinja.com/bojack-gets-depression-right-where-others-failed-by-jul-1680150095 many]] [[http://junkee.com/bojack-horseman-is-a-surprisingly-honest-and-insightful-look-at-depression-in-tv-comedy/61756 critics]] [[http://dailyreview.com.au/depression-and-anthropomorphised-animals-why-bojack-horseman-is-one-of-the-best-shows-on-television/27007 have]] [[http://www.popoptiq.com/bojack-horseman-season-two/ argued]] [=BoJack=] [[https://randomnerds.com/the-fearless-pessimism-of-netflixs-bojack-horseman/ to be the quintessential example of depression in media]].
-->'''Charles Bramesco''' from ''Random Nerds'': ".....But the show's bravest, most honest expression of pessimism is [=BoJack=] himself. Don't let the whole talking-horse thing fool you; [=BoJack=]'s much closer to ''[[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]]'' or ''[[Series/MadMen Don Draper]]'' than Brian from ''[[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Family Guy]]''. Though the show only mentions it by name on a handful of occasions, [=BoJack=]'s depression defines him. An abusive, neglectful pair of parents left him self-destructive, self-involved, chronically unhappy, and all but incapable of forging an intimate bond with the people around him. He screws over people who stand in his way, sometimes even going out of his way to fuck with people leading nicer lives than his. By anyone's count, he's a bad person. And yet the bad parts of him are so fearsomely recognizable".
--->"....Much of the show revolves around [=BoJack=]'s continuing quest to find some measure of inner fulfillment, and the subsequent realizations that accomplishing that is discouragingly difficult."
* AbusiveParents: [=BoJack's=] parents were victims of a SurprisePregnancy and UnequalPairing, which led them to become alcoholics, and resent each other, and especially little [=BoJack=]. The two were not shy when it came to loudly arguing in front of him or expressing their resentment towards him.
** His father, Butterscotch, was a failed novelist who resented his wife's wealthy background, and was dismissive and sometimes even violent towards young [=BoJack=]. He even went as far as to berate his son for not getting the shape of a heart-shaped Father's Day card right, slapping him in the process. Despite all of this, this trope is still somewhat {{Downplayed|Trope}}, as Butterscotch seemed more apathetic and neglectful towards [=BoJack=], the latter of whom seems indifferent to his father compared to his mother.
** His mother, Beatrice, was the heiress to the Sugarman Sugarcube Company, and was the biggest influencer in [=BoJack's=] abusive childhood. She would constantly verbally abuse, dismiss, and manipulate him, and would even tell him she was beautiful before she got pregnant, and he “ruined her". The fact she had her own [[FreudianExcuse traumatic childhood]] thanks to her own [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive father]] doesn't help. This continued into [=BoJack's=] adulthood, with Beatrice dismissing him and Horsin' Around, calling him a “clown”, and according to [=BoJack=] she tried to drown him in a bathtub when he was 22. Because of this, [=BoJack's=] hatred for his parents is mostly directed at his mother, while as of Season 4 he seems to just be apathetic towards his father.
* AccidentalHero:
** He donates money to an orphanage, which changes its name to that of himself, despite not really meaning to. Although [[WhatYouAreInTheDark he renames it in honor of his former friend Herb Kazzaz]].
** During an OrphanedPunchline regarding a high number of unrelated incidents with Drew Barrymore, he mentions having peed in her car as ''her'' personal rock bottom, which made her vow to quit drugs and drink, sobering for good.
--->''"..If it wasn't for that, she never would've gotten sober. [...] So, it turned out to be a good thing I peed in her car."''
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: In one of [=BoJack=]'s [[{{Flashback}} flashbacks]], Charlotte's thoughts about Hollywood changing people become borderline prophetic when ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'' rises in popularity and [=BoJack=] makes a full 180º turn from a HumbleHero NiceGuy into ThePrimaDonna {{Jerkass}} with WagTheDirector tendencies.
* ActingYourIntellectualAge: [=BoJack=] may be in his [=50s=], [[ManChild but his state of mind is permanently stuck in his teens]].
* AdaptationalComicRelief: In "Horse Majeure", [=BoJack=]'s part in the movie ''"Mr. Peanutbutter's Hollywoo Heist"'' as Mr. Peanutbutter himself is drastically reduced to this. Given his co-stars' lines involve world-conquering, mental illnesses and philosophical gibberish, his repetition of the phrase "True Dat" is intended to be funny.
* AdaptationalNameChange: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. In ''Mr. Peanutbutter's Hollywoo Heist'', [=BoJack=] retains his name. It's not so much that he's given a new one rather than it is added a '''suffix''': [=BoJack=]''itron''. Yep, [[MindScrew it's that kind of movie]].
* AdaptationalSpeciesChange: Horse (or horseman) in RealLife, alien in the final product of ''"Mr. Peanutbutter's Hollywoo Heist"''.
* AdaptationalVillainy: A documentary about Mr Peanutbutter getting married to Diane with [=BoJack=] as a minor character gets derailed as Mr. Peanutbutter is given a single catchphrase of dialogue, Diane spends most of the movie giving long monologues about her own mental issues, and turns into a BMovie alien flick, with [=BoJack=] [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade being made from a minor character into]] the BigBad, an alien EvilOverlord in control of the planet.
* AdaptedOut: Eventually, [=BoJack=] as a character is completely written out of the movie adaptation when the concept is changed to that of "a bi-monthly pack of snacks".
* {{Adorkable}}: Rarely, but it can pop up from time to time. One minute he can be the biggest sad-sack jerk you can find, the other he can be a fun-loving dork with the oblivious and excitable nature of a child.
** Pre-series, his innocent nature as shown in {{Flashback}}s, including his tendency to fail at stand-up and to try to get people to understand lame jokes. His attempt to imitate an accent in "The Telescope" just seals it:
--->'''Charlotte''': Buongiorno. Music/BonJovi.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': [[EpicFail Salutations. Crap, that's English.]]
** His often clueless nature often lends to this, as well as his childlike glee whenever it's about something he cares about.
** His attitude in "Brand New Couch" involves actually talking one-on-one with Mr. Peanutbutter about life and how wonderful it is, his overly nice way to announce to everyone how much of an honor is to play Secreatariat on set and especially his attempts to play dead serious in a dramatic scene resulting in a campy "[[BadBadActing WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?]]".
--->''"Did we get it? I can tell by your face that we didn't. All right, let me try again."''
** As a child, he wrote a fan letter to Secretariat. The said letter included a bad joke about "being on the right track", followed by him trying to [[DontExplainTheJoke explain the joke]] and asking Secretariat if he gets it multiple times.
** He is just as resolved like Diane to solve the mystery in "[=BoJack=] Kills"...but not before they lift the chair in the Bat Mitzvah they are attending.
--->''"Can we at least wait until after they lift the chair? That is my favorite part."''
** On a meta level, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5HoKkKM0Nk a promo made for the show]] and sponsored by UsefulNotes/PlayStation shows him auditioning for ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' and ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS''. In the former, he's [[SugarWiki/GushingAboutShowsYouLike ''practically fangasming'' about the show itself]], while [[ImplausibleDeniability trying to deny that he's a fan. He's just watched some episodes.]] Then, he proceeds to list her favorite characters from Taystee to [[FirstNameBasis Suzanne]][[note]]"Crazy Eyes"[[/note]] and [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness crying]] over [[TheWoobie Tricia]]'s death[[note]]which, upon RewatchBonus, becomes a case of sad RealitySubtext[[/note]]. Sure, he quits the interview when he realizes he's gonna be playing Larry, but he shows a more endearing side of him during that brief time.
* AdventureDuo: With Diane, on their better days. Their shenanigans often lead to them working together, bantering and simply having fun.
* AerithAndBob: With the exception of his mother, [=BoJack=] has the most normal name out of his family. He has also this with the rest of the animal cast.
* AesopAmnesia: InUniverse. Part of what makes [=BoJack=] such a tragic character is that, for all of his CharacterDevelopment, he continues to be selfish and narcissistic. {{Deconstructed|Trope}} as well, since his constant screw-ups have done nothing but earning him the wrath, spite and disappointment of his closest peers.



* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: '''Many''', '''''many''''' times. Some of the worst involve the [[TextualCelebrityResemblance "John Stamos"]] [[NakedPeopleAreFunny incident]], confessing to Mr. Peanutbutter that he was the one who stole the "D" and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers nearly sleeping with Charlotte's daughter, Penny.]]
* AllIssuesArePoliticalIssues: When he enters a conflict of sorts with [[ReturningWarVet Neal [=McBeal=]]], [[UsefulNotes/CommonMilitaryUnits The Navy SEAL]]; a lot of time in [[KentBrockmanNews MSNBSea]] is dedicated to demonizing and damaging [=BoJack=]'s reputation by using his actions as an example of the lack of respect given to [[ReturningWarVet returning war veterans]]. Needless to say, this only [[{{Troll}} serves]] as a [[IShallTauntYou personal]] [[ItsPersonal taunt]] towards [[LeeroyJenkins [=BoJack=]]], who jumps in quite willingly.
* AllMenArePerverts: [=BoJack=]'s two sex scenes in "Zoes And Zeldas" end with {{Immodest Orgasm}}s, despite not penetrating Princess Carolyn either time. [[UpToEleven (The second time, she hadn't even come to bed yet!)]]
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: {{Implied|Trope}}. During one of his hallucinogenic flashbacks in "Downer Ending", it showed a young [=BoJack=] being laughed at by a group of his school peers.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: {{Downplayed|Trope}} and ZigZagged. [=BoJack=] desperately desires love and affection, but he has a tendency to think that it works only one way around, with little to no effort being put by his part. However, he can display some degree of empathy and effort in '''certain''' relationships.



* AloneAmongTheCouples: In "Horse Majeur". As an added salt in the wound at failing to confess to Diane or even win her heart, [=BoJack=] attends their wedding impromptu and is forced to sit at the bar in the midst of all the couples dancing while talking with Vincent.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: No matter how much he tries, [=BoJack=] can never break into mainstream fame and when he tries, there's always someone more famous or powerful than him. He's no Hank Hippopopalous. Jurj Clooners said it better: Bread Poot and Leornerner [=DiCapricorn=] are household named, [=BoJack=] isn't. He's just the fifth wheel in the Oscar race.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Sometimes, you've got to wonder....
** A RunningGag through the series is [=BoJack=]'s propensity to get stuff in his ass during fuck sessions. PC never got that ring back.
** In "The Telescope", once Herb's sexuality has come out, [=BoJack=] asks genuinely curious if they do a [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy "party train" or a "fun circle"]] since he'd be into that.
** And, of course, "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E8LetsFindOut Let's Find Out]]". As non-reciprocant as he is about kissing Mr. Peanutbutter, he's less reluctant about it than it seems, accepting it quite easily. The peer pressure from the public also helped.
** When Mr. Peanutbutter makes an AccidentalInnuendo in [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS4E06StupidPieceOfShit "Stupid Piece of Shit"]] about [[UnusualEuphemism "taking [[=BoJack=]] home"]] like Eddie Money (because he's drunk of course), [=BoJack=]'s complaint is besides not wanting to return home, the fact that PB is misunderstanding the euphemism and assuming that if it were literal, [=BoJack=] would be an easy score or the one "giving in".
--->'''[=BoJack=]''': Also, Eddie Money doesn't do the taking home in "Take Me Home Tonight," so if you're taking me home, then I would be Eddie Money.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Not as bad or obvious at first sight, but [=BoJack=] has issues beyond his depression. In addition of his [[{{Narcissist}} narcissism]], his behavior is consistent with that of [[HollywoodPersonalityDisorders Histrionic Personality Disorder]]: excessive engrossment-seeking emotions, desperate need of approval, lively, dramatic, vivacious, enthusiastic with a high need for attention, loud and inappropriate appearances, exaggerated behaviors and emotions, egocentrism, self-indulgence and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve his own needs. There are even shades of [[PleaseDontLeaveMe Dependent Personality Disorder]], since his more functional aspects only shine when in company of his friends, otherwise remaining under wraps out of fear of rejection or failure. As of season 5, he shows symptoms of psychosis.
* AmbiguousSituation: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation It can be hard to determine]] if [=BoJack=] and Charlotte's daughter, Penny were truly about to sleep together. [[spoiler: All ambiguity is gone by the end of season 3, as [=BoJack=] explicitly states he intended to sleep with Penny, even if he wishes that he was better than that.]]
* AmicableExes: ZigZagged in his relationship with Princess Carolyn. They start the series as a (dysfunctional) couple who's always [[OnAgainOffAgainBoyfriend having ups and downs]]. This goes on for a while until [[TheConfidant Diane]] comes along. As they both work their issues separately, they both come to the realization that their intimate relationship is toxic and should only deal with each other in a professional level. [=BoJack=] gets mad at the level of effort Princess Carolyn puts into work and she loathes his neediness. It's not that they outright hate each other, they just know each other too well to have good chemistry. [[spoiler: {{Deconstructed}} later on when their co-dependence becomes more pronounced and eventually toxic and they eventually start drifting apart when dating other people. As of the end of season 4, their relationship seems to be improving, as thanks to his CharacterDevelopment [=BoJack=] is trying to be more appreciative and generous towards the people in his life.]]
* AmIJustAToyToYou:
** In spite of their complicated relationship and most of the blame going his way, [=BoJack=] eventually [[FreudianSlip lets it slip]] that he believes this regarding his dynamic with Princess Carolyn: she seems to take most of his actions in stride, yet fails to reach out in an effective way towards him and viceversa, usually due to how guarded each of them are. His flaws and screw-ups both repel and attract her, leading him to fear that rather than having a true, if flawed connection, PC only views him as a challenge, an enigma whose elusiveness is the only thing keeping them tied. His self-loathing, as well as her valid criticisms of him with which he agrees and internalizes only convince him more of this, whether or not it's actually true.
--->'''[=BoJack=]''': (while arguing with PC over their professional break-up) [=BoJack=], you're such a big, stupid asshole. [=BoJack=], why were you even in the bounce house, dummy? [=BoJack=], you wasted my thirties!\\
'''Princess Carolyn''': (surprised) I never said you wasted my thirties.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': Didn't have to, you're always saying it.
** In a similar way, his later relationships with Diane, Wanda and Ana give off this vibe as well. With Wanda, it's the fact that he feels that the only way they can have a stable intimacy is for [=BoJack=] to change into a happy, mindless puppet in the cog machine that is Hollywoo; with Diane, it's feelings of betrayal regarding the level of confidence they constantly interacted with only to turn such moments into sensationalist money bait, basically feeling used as a performance rather than a flesh and blood person; with Ana, it's her words being nothing more than meaningless self-help cliches designed to push him to bigger purposes such as the Oscar, as well her double-playing showing how little she truly believes what she tells him about himself. A truly keen eye, however, can shift this into a {{ZigZagged|Trope}} take: true to an extent, [=BoJack=]'s perception negates that while each of their personal stakes ''may'' contribute to some of their decisions, their opinion of him are '''not''' the only decisive factor: Wanda, while rather subservient to Hollywoo's cause and perfectly content to look over what's not convenient, tries to dissuade [=BoJack=] from any ideals by grounding him into reality and easing the (to her) needless pain; Diane, while certainly willing to exploit his insecurities after a bad spat, nevertheless genuinely appreciates him as a friend (and possibly more) with vitriol coming both ways and selfishness and angst often being used as a CommonalityConnection between them and Ana, due to her jaded experience, reserved attitude and need to remain in control of what she understands of her life, refuses at first to get any close and maintains her relationship with [=BoJack=] at arm, occasional sex level, mainly because in spite of her strong personality, she has a very normal day-to-day routine.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: When he finds out Diane might get engaged unless he spills the beans about his real feelings towards her. For added {{irony}} and [[{{Tearjerker}} sadness]], Mr. Peanutbutter's proposing to her around the exact same moment, leading to the example mentioned above in AbortedDeclarationOfLove. Still, it was worth a shot.
-->''"Look, uh, things got a bit weird earlier, so I I want to make sure that we're still on for tomorrow to talk about the time I sneezed on Marisa Tomei. [...] I also wanted to just, um, let you know how much I appreciate you working on this book with me. [...] And I'm sorry if I've been difficult in any way during this process. You know, it's It's really hard to have somebody, I don't know, know you, I guess. And you do, uh, know me, Diane. [...] And I know I'm not the perfect guy. I actually kind of hate myself a lot of the time. But when--When I'm with you, I, uh, don't hate myself. I like being around you, and I don't know if I ever told you that in so many words, so I'm telling you. Call me back. This was [=BoJack=], by the way. Horseman, obviously."''
* AnimalStereotypes: {{Subverted}} and played straight. A horse is usually categorized for a noble, loyal and steadfast animal. [=BoJack=]'s all of those things, [[{{Deconstruction}} but]]...[[DeterminedDefeatist not]] [[SourSupporter in]] [[LoveHungry the way]] [[RightForTheWrongReasons one]] [[BystanderSyndrome would]] [[IJustWantToBeLoved think]].

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* AloneAmongTheCouples: In "Horse Majeur". As an added salt in the wound at failing to confess to Diane or even win her heart, [=BoJack=] attends their wedding impromptu and is forced to sit at the bar in the midst of all the couples dancing while talking with Vincent.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: No matter how much he tries, [=BoJack=] can never break into mainstream fame and when he tries, there's always someone more famous or powerful than him. He's no Hank Hippopopalous. According to Jurj Clooners said it better: Clooners, Bread Poot and Leornerner [=DiCapricorn=] are household named, name, [=BoJack=] isn't. He's just the fifth wheel in the Oscar race.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Sometimes, you've got to wonder....
** A RunningGag through the series is [=BoJack=]'s propensity to get stuff in his ass during fuck sessions. PC never got that ring back.
** In "The Telescope", once Herb's sexuality has come out, [=BoJack=] asks genuinely curious if they do a [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy "party train" or a "fun circle"]] since he'd be into that.
** And, of course, "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E8LetsFindOut Let's Find Out]]". As non-reciprocant as he is about kissing Mr. Peanutbutter, he's less reluctant about it than it seems, accepting it quite easily. The peer pressure from the public also helped.
** When Mr. Peanutbutter makes an AccidentalInnuendo in [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS4E06StupidPieceOfShit "Stupid Piece of Shit"]] about [[UnusualEuphemism "taking [[=BoJack=]] home"]] like Eddie Money (because he's drunk of course), [=BoJack=]'s complaint is besides not wanting to return home, the fact that PB is misunderstanding the euphemism and assuming that if it were literal, [=BoJack=] would be an easy score or the one "giving in".
--->'''[=BoJack=]''': Also, Eddie Money doesn't do the taking home in "Take Me Home Tonight," so if you're taking me home, then I would be Eddie Money.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Not as bad or obvious at first sight, but [=BoJack=] has issues beyond his depression. In addition of his [[{{Narcissist}} narcissism]], his behavior is consistent with that of [[HollywoodPersonalityDisorders Histrionic Personality Disorder]]: excessive engrossment-seeking emotions, desperate need of approval, lively, dramatic, vivacious, enthusiastic with a high need for attention, loud and inappropriate appearances, exaggerated behaviors and emotions, egocentrism, self-indulgence and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve his own needs. There are even shades of [[PleaseDontLeaveMe Dependent Personality Disorder]], since his more functional aspects only shine when in company of his friends, otherwise remaining under wraps out of fear of rejection or failure. As of season 5, he shows symptoms of psychosis.
* AmbiguousSituation: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation It can be hard to determine]] if [=BoJack=] and Charlotte's daughter, Penny were truly about to sleep together. [[spoiler: All ambiguity is gone by the end of season 3, as [=BoJack=] explicitly states he intended to sleep with Penny, even if he wishes that he was better than that.]]
* AmicableExes: ZigZagged in his relationship with Princess Carolyn. They start the series as a (dysfunctional) couple who's always [[OnAgainOffAgainBoyfriend having ups and downs]]. This goes on for a while until [[TheConfidant Diane]] comes along. As they both work their issues separately, they both come to the realization that their intimate relationship is toxic and should only deal with each other in a professional level. [=BoJack=] gets mad at the level of effort Princess Carolyn puts into work and she loathes his neediness. It's not that they outright hate each other, they just know each other too well to have good chemistry. [[spoiler: {{Deconstructed}} later on when their co-dependence becomes more pronounced and eventually toxic and they eventually start drifting apart when dating other people. As of the end of season 4, their relationship seems to be improving, as thanks to his CharacterDevelopment [=BoJack=] is trying to be more appreciative and generous towards the people in his life.]]
* AmIJustAToyToYou:
** In spite of their complicated relationship and most of the blame going his way, [=BoJack=] eventually [[FreudianSlip lets it slip]] that he believes this regarding his dynamic with Princess Carolyn: she seems to take most of his actions in stride, yet fails to reach out in an effective way towards him and viceversa, usually due to how guarded each of them are. His flaws and screw-ups both repel and attract her, leading him to fear that rather than having a true, if flawed connection, PC only views him as a challenge, an enigma whose elusiveness is the only thing keeping them tied. His self-loathing, as well as her valid criticisms of him with which he agrees and internalizes only convince him more of this, whether or not it's actually true.
--->'''[=BoJack=]''': (while arguing with PC over their professional break-up) [=BoJack=], you're such a big, stupid asshole. [=BoJack=], why were you even in the bounce house, dummy? [=BoJack=], you wasted my thirties!\\
'''Princess Carolyn''': (surprised) I never said you wasted my thirties.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': Didn't have to, you're always saying it.
** In a similar way, his later relationships with Diane, Wanda and Ana give off this vibe as well. With Wanda, it's the fact that he feels that the only way they can have a stable intimacy is for [=BoJack=] to change into a happy, mindless puppet in the cog machine that is Hollywoo; with Diane, it's feelings of betrayal regarding the level of confidence they constantly interacted with only to turn such moments into sensationalist money bait, basically feeling used as a performance rather than a flesh and blood person; with Ana, it's her words being nothing more than meaningless self-help cliches designed to push him to bigger purposes such as the Oscar, as well her double-playing showing how little she truly believes what she tells him about himself. A truly keen eye, however, can shift this into a {{ZigZagged|Trope}} take: true to an extent, [=BoJack=]'s perception negates that while each of their personal stakes ''may'' contribute to some of their decisions, their opinion of him are '''not''' the only decisive factor: Wanda, while rather subservient to Hollywoo's cause and perfectly content to look over what's not convenient, tries to dissuade [=BoJack=] from any ideals by grounding him into reality and easing the (to her) needless pain; Diane, while certainly willing to exploit his insecurities after a bad spat, nevertheless genuinely appreciates him as a friend (and possibly more) with vitriol coming both ways and selfishness and angst often being used as a CommonalityConnection between them and Ana, due to her jaded experience, reserved attitude and need to remain in control of what she understands of her life, refuses at first to get any close and maintains her relationship with [=BoJack=] at arm, occasional sex level, mainly because in spite of her strong personality, she has a very normal day-to-day routine.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: When he finds out Diane might get engaged unless he spills the beans about his real feelings towards her. For added {{irony}} and [[{{Tearjerker}} sadness]], Mr. Peanutbutter's proposing to her around the exact same moment, leading to the example mentioned above in AbortedDeclarationOfLove. Still, it was worth a shot.
-->''"Look, uh, things got a bit weird earlier, so I I want to make sure that we're still on for tomorrow to talk about the time I sneezed on Marisa Tomei. [...] I also wanted to just, um, let you know how much I appreciate you working on this book with me. [...] And I'm sorry if I've been difficult in any way during this process. You know, it's It's really hard to have somebody, I don't know, know you, I guess. And you do, uh, know me, Diane. [...] And I know I'm not the perfect guy. I actually kind of hate myself a lot of the time. But when--When I'm with you, I, uh, don't hate myself. I like being around you, and I don't know if I ever told you that in so many words, so I'm telling you. Call me back. This was [=BoJack=], by the way. Horseman, obviously."''
* AnimalStereotypes: {{Subverted}} and played straight. A horse is usually categorized for a noble, loyal and steadfast animal. [=BoJack=]'s all of those things, [[{{Deconstruction}} but]]...[[DeterminedDefeatist not]] [[SourSupporter in]] [[LoveHungry the way]] [[RightForTheWrongReasons one]] [[BystanderSyndrome would]] [[IJustWantToBeLoved think]].
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* AntiVillain: As strange as it sounds, [=BoJack=] manages to be this and AntiHero at the same time. He's not a good or honorable person by any chance. Asking anyone who knows him will also reveal some very horrible shit he's done over the years, but all he desires is to be happy with who he is and he never does anything malicious with complete ill-will; he's just inherently toxic.
* AnythingButThat: He begs Charlotte to let him stay with her family after he kisses her, as he doesn't want to return to [[HorribleHollywood L.A.]]
* AppealToInherentNature: {{Invoked|Trope}} as part of a cover in "Our A-Story Is A D-Story". When [=BoJack=] is trying to keep Diane out of his house because he stole the "D" of the Hollywood sign and she's not buying his BlatantLies, he simply uses the excuse of not wanting her there.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': See you later.\\
'''Diane''': But we had an appointment.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': What's that? An actor flaking on an obligation? Welcome to Hollywood.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: He receives one from Mr. Peanutbutter, asking him why he has always spit bile on his way and on everyone when he has everything he could want, after reaching his breaking point in "Let's Find Out".
* ArmorPiercingResponse: [=BoJack=]'s arguments about feeling shitty and hateful with himself and not knowing how to fix it strikes a nerve in Mr. Peanutbutter, due to the latter's [[AntiNihilist anti-nihilistic]] tendencies.
* AscendedFanboy: His desire to star in a {{Biopic}} about Secretariat which is stuck in DevelopmentHell. He finally gets his wish in Season 2, with [[GoneHorriblyRight unforeseen consequences]].
* AssShove: {{Discussed}} in [[Recap/BoJackHorsemanS1E02BoJackHatesTheTroops "[=BoJack=] Hates The Troops"]] when he receives a call from Princess Carolyn and assuming it's about the incident from last night decides to set the record straight. [[TooMuchInformation Too bad it was her secretary listening.]]
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': (Thinking he's talking to Princess Carolyn) Look, I don't know where it is. If you're gonna put thing in my butt, don't expect them back.

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* AntiVillain: As strange as it sounds, [=BoJack=] manages to be this and AntiHero at the same time. He's not a good or honorable person by any chance. Asking anyone who knows him will also reveal some very horrible shit he's done over the years, but all he desires is to be happy with who he is and he never does anything malicious with complete ill-will; he's just inherently toxic.
* AnythingButThat: He begs Charlotte to let him stay with her family after he kisses her, as he doesn't want to return to [[HorribleHollywood L.A.]]
* AppealToInherentNature: {{Invoked|Trope}} as part of a cover in "Our A-Story Is A D-Story". When [=BoJack=] is trying to keep Diane out of his house because he stole the "D" of the Hollywood sign and she's not buying his BlatantLies, he simply uses the excuse of not wanting her there.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': See you later.\\
'''Diane''': But we had an appointment.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': What's that? An actor flaking on an obligation? Welcome to Hollywood.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: He receives one from Mr. Peanutbutter, asking him why he has always spit bile on his way and on everyone when he has everything he could want, after reaching his breaking point in "Let's Find Out".
* ArmorPiercingResponse: [=BoJack=]'s arguments about feeling shitty and hateful with himself and not knowing how to fix it strikes a nerve in Mr. Peanutbutter, due to the latter's [[AntiNihilist anti-nihilistic]] tendencies.
* AscendedFanboy: His desire to star A childhood fan of Secretariat, he achieves his lifelong dream of starring in a {{Biopic}} about Secretariat which is stuck in DevelopmentHell. He finally gets his wish him in Season 2, with [[GoneHorriblyRight unforeseen consequences]].
* AssShove: {{Discussed}} in [[Recap/BoJackHorsemanS1E02BoJackHatesTheTroops "[=BoJack=] Hates The Troops"]] when he receives a call from Princess Carolyn and assuming it's about the incident from last night decides to set the record straight. [[TooMuchInformation Too bad it was her secretary listening.]]
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': (Thinking he's talking to Princess Carolyn) Look, I don't know where it is. If you're gonna put thing in my butt, don't expect them back.
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* TheAtoner: Wants to be this, but is a bit too self-absorbed to really follow through. Most notably, a ham-fisted apology toward Herb results in Herb shutting him down [[RejectedApology as coldly]] [[HeelFaceDoorSlam as he possibly can.]]
* AttemptedSuicide: [[spoiler:He tries this at the end of season 3. He's stopped from going through by an enigmatic sight..]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: In "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen", [=BoJack=] is briefly distracted with a kaleidoscope by Diane while she goes inside to talk with her estranged family. Ironically, [=BoJack=] soon gets bored of the variations and goes after Diane.
* AttentionWhore: Taken to absurd extremes in "Hank After Dark", ADayInTheLimelight episode about Diane that he continually tries to barge into to make it about him. At any means necessary, to the point where he even blurts out that child labor could sometimes be acceptable. Even before that, he constantly tries to call the attention of anybody.
* AudienceSurrogate: In the most heartbreaking way possible. [=BoJack=] can be a kind hearted and intelligent individual, but is also a gaping asshole who constantly destroys the good things in his life. He also ponders about fatalism, the state of his soul and whether he can change or he will keep doing the same thing over and over again. [[ThisLoserIsYou Sound familiar?]] Just like his contemporaries [[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]] and [[Series/MadMen Don Draper]], [=BoJack=] is basically a spiting response to the audience's self-delusions of importance.
* AxCrazy: As a result of his ongoing painkiller addiction in season 5, [=BoJack=] undergoes a SanitySlippage, becoming very unstable which culminates with him exploding in a homicidal fury toward Gina and almost murdering her on the set of Philbert.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: During a particular heated conversation between [=BoJack=] and Princess Carolyn in the season 3 episode "Best Thing That Ever Happened", [[spoiler: he admits that even if he doesn't show it often, he does love Princess Carolyn in as much as he can love anyone. Sadly, that doesn't stop [=BoJack=] from cutting ties with her that same episode.]]


* AgeGapRomance: There is a 15 year age gap between him and Diane, his girlfriend later wife.

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* AgeGapRomance: There is a 15 year age gap between him and Diane, his girlfriend later wife.


->'''Charles Bramesco''' from ''Random Nerds'': ".....But the show’s bravest, most honest expression of pessimism is [=BoJack=] himself. Don’t let the whole talking-horse thing fool you; [=BoJack=]’s much closer to ''[[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]]'' or ''[[Series/MadMen Don Draper]]'' than Brian from ''[[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Family Guy]]''. Though the show only mentions it by name on a handful of occasions, [=BoJack=]’s depression defines him. An abusive, neglectful pair of parents left him self-destructive, self-involved, chronically unhappy, and all but incapable of forging an intimate bond with the people around him. He screws over people who stand in his way, sometimes even going out of his way to fuck with people leading nicer lives than his. By anyone’s count, he’s a bad person. And yet the bad parts of him are so fearsomely recognizable".
-->"....Much of the show revolves around [=BoJack=]’s continuing quest to find some measure of inner fulfillment, and the subsequent realizations that accomplishing that is discouragingly difficult."

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->'''Charles -->'''Charles Bramesco''' from ''Random Nerds'': ".....But the show’s show's bravest, most honest expression of pessimism is [=BoJack=] himself. Don’t Don't let the whole talking-horse thing fool you; [=BoJack=]’s [=BoJack=]'s much closer to ''[[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]]'' or ''[[Series/MadMen Don Draper]]'' than Brian from ''[[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Family Guy]]''. Though the show only mentions it by name on a handful of occasions, [=BoJack=]’s [=BoJack=]'s depression defines him. An abusive, neglectful pair of parents left him self-destructive, self-involved, chronically unhappy, and all but incapable of forging an intimate bond with the people around him. He screws over people who stand in his way, sometimes even going out of his way to fuck with people leading nicer lives than his. By anyone’s anyone's count, he’s he's a bad person. And yet the bad parts of him are so fearsomely recognizable".
-->"....--->"....Much of the show revolves around [=BoJack=]’s [=BoJack=]'s continuing quest to find some measure of inner fulfillment, and the subsequent realizations that accomplishing that is discouragingly difficult."



** His mother, Beatrice, was the heiress to the Sugarman Sugarcube Company, and was the biggest influencer in [=BoJack's=] abusive childhood. She would constantly verbally abuse, dismiss, and manipulate him, and would even tell him she was beautiful before she got pregnant, and he “ruined her". The fact she had her own [[FreudianExcuse traumatic childhood]] thanks to her own [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive father]] doesn’t help. This continued into [=BoJack's=] adulthood, with Beatrice dismissing him and Horsin’ Around, calling him a “clown”, and according to [=BoJack=] she tried to drown him in a bathtub when he was 22. Because of this, [=BoJack's=] hatred for his parents is mostly directed at his mother, while as of Season 4 he seems to just be apathetic towards his father.

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** His mother, Beatrice, was the heiress to the Sugarman Sugarcube Company, and was the biggest influencer in [=BoJack's=] abusive childhood. She would constantly verbally abuse, dismiss, and manipulate him, and would even tell him she was beautiful before she got pregnant, and he “ruined her". The fact she had her own [[FreudianExcuse traumatic childhood]] thanks to her own [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive father]] doesn’t doesn't help. This continued into [=BoJack's=] adulthood, with Beatrice dismissing him and Horsin’ Horsin' Around, calling him a “clown”, and according to [=BoJack=] she tried to drown him in a bathtub when he was 22. Because of this, [=BoJack's=] hatred for his parents is mostly directed at his mother, while as of Season 4 he seems to just be apathetic towards his father.



-->''..If it wasn't for that, she never would've gotten sober. [...] So, it turned out to be a good thing I peed in her car.''

to:

-->''..--->''"..If it wasn't for that, she never would've gotten sober. [...] So, it turned out to be a good thing I peed in her car.''"''



-->'''Charlotte''': Buongiorno. Music/BonJovi.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': [[EpicFail Salutations. Crap, that's English.]]

to:

-->'''Charlotte''': --->'''Charlotte''': Buongiorno. Music/BonJovi.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''':
Music/BonJovi.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
[[EpicFail Salutations. Crap, that's English.]]



-->''Did we get it? I can tell by your face that we didn't. All right, let me try again.''

to:

-->''Did --->''"Did we get it? I can tell by your face that we didn't. All right, let me try again.''"''



-->''Can we at least wait until after they lift the chair? That is my favorite part.''

to:

-->''Can --->''"Can we at least wait until after they lift the chair? That is my favorite part.''"''



* AesopAmnesia: InUniverse. Part of what makes [=BoJack=] such a tragic character is that, for all of his CharacterDevelopment, he continues to be selfish and narcissistic. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] as well, since his constant screw-ups have done nothing but earning him the wrath, spite and disappointment of his closest peers.

to:

* AesopAmnesia: InUniverse. Part of what makes [=BoJack=] such a tragic character is that, for all of his CharacterDevelopment, he continues to be selfish and narcissistic. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] {{Deconstructed|Trope}} as well, since his constant screw-ups have done nothing but earning him the wrath, spite and disappointment of his closest peers.



-->'''Todd''': Are you drunk?
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': [[MathematiciansAnswer Todd, I'm a horse, it takes a lot to get me drunk]].
-->''(the camera shows the entire room filled with empty bottles and kegs)''
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': [[BluntYes Yes]].

to:

-->'''Todd''': Are you drunk?
-->'''[=BoJack=]''':
drunk?\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
[[MathematiciansAnswer Todd, I'm a horse, it takes a lot to get me drunk]].
-->''(the
drunk]].\\
''(the
camera shows the entire room filled with empty bottles and kegs)''
-->'''[=BoJack=]''':
kegs)''\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
[[BluntYes Yes]].



* AllTakeAndNoGive: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] and [[ZigzaggingTrope Zigzagged.]] [=BoJack=] desperately desires love and affection, but he has a tendency to think that it works only one way around, with little to no effort being put by his part. However, he can display some degree of empathy and effort in '''certain''' relationships.

to:

* AllTakeAndNoGive: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] {{Downplayed|Trope}} and [[ZigzaggingTrope Zigzagged.]] ZigZagged. [=BoJack=] desperately desires love and affection, but he has a tendency to think that it works only one way around, with little to no effort being put by his part. However, he can display some degree of empathy and effort in '''certain''' relationships.



-->'''[=BoJack=]''': Also, Eddie Money doesn't do the taking home in "Take Me Home Tonight," so if you're taking me home, then I would be Eddie Money.

to:

-->'''[=BoJack=]''': --->'''[=BoJack=]''': Also, Eddie Money doesn't do the taking home in "Take Me Home Tonight," so if you're taking me home, then I would be Eddie Money.



* AmicableExes: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] in his relationship with Princess Carolyn. They start the series as a (dysfunctional) couple who's always [[OnAgainOffAgainBoyfriend having ups and downs]]. This goes on for a while until [[TheConfidant Diane]] comes along. As they both work their issues separately, they both come to the realization that their intimate relationship is toxic and should only deal with each other in a professional level. [=BoJack=] gets mad at the level of effort Princess Carolyn puts into work and she loathes his neediness. It's not that they outright hate each other, they just know each other too well to have good chemistry. [[spoiler: {{Deconstructed}} later on when their co-dependence becomes more pronounced and eventually toxic and they eventually start drifting apart when dating other people. As of the end of season 4, their relationship seems to be improving, as thanks to his CharacterDevelopment [=BoJack=] is trying to be more appreciative and generous towards the people in his life.]]

to:

* AmicableExes: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] ZigZagged in his relationship with Princess Carolyn. They start the series as a (dysfunctional) couple who's always [[OnAgainOffAgainBoyfriend having ups and downs]]. This goes on for a while until [[TheConfidant Diane]] comes along. As they both work their issues separately, they both come to the realization that their intimate relationship is toxic and should only deal with each other in a professional level. [=BoJack=] gets mad at the level of effort Princess Carolyn puts into work and she loathes his neediness. It's not that they outright hate each other, they just know each other too well to have good chemistry. [[spoiler: {{Deconstructed}} later on when their co-dependence becomes more pronounced and eventually toxic and they eventually start drifting apart when dating other people. As of the end of season 4, their relationship seems to be improving, as thanks to his CharacterDevelopment [=BoJack=] is trying to be more appreciative and generous towards the people in his life.]]



-->'''[=BoJack=]''': (while arguing with PC over their professional break-up) [=BoJack=], you're such a big, stupid asshole. [=BoJack=], why were you even in the bounce house, dummy? [=BoJack=], you wasted my thirties!
-->'''Princess Carolyn''': (surprised) I never said you wasted my thirties.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': Didn't have to, you're always saying it.

to:

-->'''[=BoJack=]''': --->'''[=BoJack=]''': (while arguing with PC over their professional break-up) [=BoJack=], you're such a big, stupid asshole. [=BoJack=], why were you even in the bounce house, dummy? [=BoJack=], you wasted my thirties!
-->'''Princess
thirties!\\
'''Princess
Carolyn''': (surprised) I never said you wasted my thirties.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''':
thirties.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
Didn't have to, you're always saying it.



-->''Look, uh, things got a bit weird earlier, so I I want to make sure that we're still on for tomorrow to talk about the time I sneezed on Marisa Tomei. [...] I also wanted to just, um, let you know how much I appreciate you working on this book with me. [...] And I'm sorry if I've been difficult in any way during this process. You know, it's It's really hard to have somebody, I don't know, know you, I guess. And you do, uh, know me, Diane. [...] And I know I'm not the perfect guy. I actually kind of hate myself a lot of the time. But when--When I'm with you, I, uh, don't hate myself. I like being around you, and I don't know if I ever told you that in so many words, so I'm telling you. Call me back. This was [=BoJack=], by the way. Horseman, obviously.''

to:

-->''Look, -->''"Look, uh, things got a bit weird earlier, so I I want to make sure that we're still on for tomorrow to talk about the time I sneezed on Marisa Tomei. [...] I also wanted to just, um, let you know how much I appreciate you working on this book with me. [...] And I'm sorry if I've been difficult in any way during this process. You know, it's It's really hard to have somebody, I don't know, know you, I guess. And you do, uh, know me, Diane. [...] And I know I'm not the perfect guy. I actually kind of hate myself a lot of the time. But when--When I'm with you, I, uh, don't hate myself. I like being around you, and I don't know if I ever told you that in so many words, so I'm telling you. Call me back. This was [=BoJack=], by the way. Horseman, obviously.''"''



* AppealToInherentNature: {{Invoked}} as part of a cover in "Our A-Story Is A D-Story". When [=BoJack=] is trying to keep Diane out of his house because he stole the "D" of the Hollywood sign and she's not buying his BlatantLies, he simply uses the excuse of not wanting her there.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': See you later.
-->'''Diane''': But we had an appointment.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': What's that? An actor flaking on an obligation? Welcome to Hollywood.

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* AppealToInherentNature: {{Invoked}} {{Invoked|Trope}} as part of a cover in "Our A-Story Is A D-Story". When [=BoJack=] is trying to keep Diane out of his house because he stole the "D" of the Hollywood sign and she's not buying his BlatantLies, he simply uses the excuse of not wanting her there.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': See you later.
-->'''Diane''':
later.\\
'''Diane''':
But we had an appointment.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''':
appointment.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
What's that? An actor flaking on an obligation? Welcome to Hollywood.



* BackhandedApology: The way he apologizes to [[ReturningWarVet Neal [=McBeal=]]], the Navy [[AmbiguousSyntax SEAL?]] since he obviously resents being forced to apologize for something so asinine (buying a box of muffins that Neal had "dibs" on), so he does it in a [[SarcasmMode very sarcastic manner]]:
-->'''[=BoJack=]:''' You're a hero, the troops are all heroes, every single one.
-->'''[=BoJack=]:''' [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial And I don't believe]] saying that cheapens the word and disrespects those we mean to honor by turning real people into political pawns.
-->'''[=BoJack=]:''' Also, I am NOT deeply ambivalent about a seemingly mandated celebration of our military that claims to value peace, [[BrokenAesop telling our children that violence is never the answer, while refusing to hold our own government to the same standard]].
-->'''[=BoJack=]:''' Furthermore I do not find it unbelievably appropriate that this conversation is taking place on reality television, a genre which thrives on chopping the complexities of our era into easily digestible chunks of empty catchphrases.

to:

* BackhandedApology: The way he apologizes to [[ReturningWarVet Neal [=McBeal=]]], the Navy [[AmbiguousSyntax SEAL?]] since he obviously resents being forced to apologize for something so asinine (buying a box of muffins that Neal had "dibs" on), so he does it in a [[SarcasmMode very sarcastic manner]]:
-->'''[=BoJack=]:'''
manner]].
-->'''[=BoJack=]''':
You're a hero, the troops are all heroes, every single one.
-->'''[=BoJack=]:'''
one.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial And I don't believe]] saying that cheapens the word and disrespects those we mean to honor by turning real people into political pawns.
-->'''[=BoJack=]:'''
pawns.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
Also, I am NOT deeply ambivalent about a seemingly mandated celebration of our military that claims to value peace, [[BrokenAesop telling our children that violence is never the answer, while refusing to hold our own government to the same standard]].
-->'''[=BoJack=]:'''
standard]].\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
Furthermore I do not find it unbelievably appropriate that this conversation is taking place on reality television, a genre which thrives on chopping the complexities of our era into easily digestible chunks of empty catchphrases.



** [=BoJack=] calls out Abe, Kelsey’s replacement for directing the Secretariat biopic, for his nonchalance about lousy takes and suggests that they do more. Then, under the assumption that Abe is as self-aware of [[{{Glurge}} what kind of movie he's making]] as he is, casually refers to the movie as shit, Abe makes him do as many takes as possible just to spite him.

to:

** [=BoJack=] calls out Abe, Kelsey’s Kelsey's replacement for directing the Secretariat biopic, for his nonchalance about lousy takes and suggests that they do more. Then, under the assumption that Abe is as self-aware of [[{{Glurge}} what kind of movie he's making]] as he is, casually refers to the movie as shit, Abe makes him do as many takes as possible just to spite him.



* BigEater: He can down a whole box of muffins in one sitting. Probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because he is a horse.

to:

* BigEater: He can down a whole box of muffins in one sitting. Probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{justified|Trope}} because he is a horse.



** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanPrincessCarolyn Princess Carolyn]]'s a rather peculiar case. By all means she's aware of his flaws and shortcomings and has been let down by [=BoJack=], yet still keeps coming back to him. [[spoiler:In this case, it's ''[=BoJack=]'' of all people who [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this trope in order to cut ties.]]

to:

** [[Characters/BojackHorsemanPrincessCarolyn Princess Carolyn]]'s a rather peculiar case. By all means she's aware of his flaws and shortcomings and has been let down by [=BoJack=], yet still keeps coming back to him. [[spoiler:In this case, it's ''[=BoJack=]'' of all people who [[InvokedTrope invokes]] {{invoke|dTrope}}s this trope in order to cut ties.]]



* ByronicHero: Whether it's referring to [=BoJack=]’s lifestyle, philosophy or just his plain murky actions, he is pretty much the embodiment of this trope applied to modern times. Just look at all the boxes he checks out:
** In the [[TallDarkAndSnarky brooding department]], he’s often shown sulking around his house, feeling miserable and ponders about the nature of fatalism, if it's possible to change who you are at the core and the fleeting nature of happiness.
** [[DarkAndTroubledPast Troubled]]? Yeesh, with coveted narcissists for parents and a rather starved out childhood, followed by a slow descent into moral grayness, addiction and betrayal of those closest to him, he’s very much a BrokenBird although he would kick you rather than admit a hug which only feeds into his alienation.

to:

* ByronicHero: Whether it's referring to [=BoJack=]’s [=BoJack=]'s lifestyle, philosophy or just his plain murky actions, he is pretty much the embodiment of this trope applied to modern times. Just look at all the boxes he checks out:
** In the [[TallDarkAndSnarky brooding department]], he’s he's often shown sulking around his house, feeling miserable and ponders about the nature of fatalism, if it's possible to change who you are at the core and the fleeting nature of happiness.
** [[DarkAndTroubledPast Troubled]]? Yeesh, with coveted narcissists for parents and a rather starved out childhood, followed by a slow descent into moral grayness, addiction and betrayal of those closest to him, he’s he's very much a BrokenBird although he would kick you rather than admit a hug which only feeds into his alienation.



** In another work, he could be a genuine hero but as he stands, he’s an evisceration of the ideal. See DeconstructedCharacterArchetype below.

to:

** In another work, he could be a genuine hero but as he stands, he’s he's an evisceration of the ideal. See DeconstructedCharacterArchetype below.



-->'''Beatrice:''' You're a clown, you know that?
-->'''Bojack:''' ''*bitterly*'' [[SarcasmMode And you've always been a wonderful pillar of support.]] ''*to waiter*'' [[INeedAFreakingDrink Gin, please. Is there gin coming?]]
-->'''Beatrice:''' ''*disinterested*'' Well, I'm here, aren't I? I suffered through that ordeal.

to:

-->'''Beatrice:''' --->'''Beatrice''': You're a clown, you know that?
-->'''Bojack:'''
that?\\
'''Bojack''':
''*bitterly*'' [[SarcasmMode And you've always been a wonderful pillar of support.]] ''*to waiter*'' [[INeedAFreakingDrink Gin, please. Is there gin coming?]]
-->'''Beatrice:'''
coming?]]\\
'''Beatrice''':
''*disinterested*'' Well, I'm here, aren't I? I suffered through that ordeal.



* CannotTellFictionFromReality: His constant solutions and mindset seem to indicate some difficulty doing so. Nevertheless, [=BoJack=] is an unusual example in that, part of it is somewhat [[InvokedTrope invoked]]. See IWishItWereReal and LongingForFictionLand below.

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* CannotTellFictionFromReality: His constant solutions and mindset seem to indicate some difficulty doing so. Nevertheless, [=BoJack=] is an unusual example in that, part of it is somewhat [[InvokedTrope invoked]].{{invoked|Trope}}. See IWishItWereReal and LongingForFictionLand below.



* CharacterDevelopment: [[ZigzaggingTrope Zigzagged]] and [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]]. A major theme and the central part of [=BoJack=]'s arc is the question of whether he can evolve into someone he would not only respect and love, but that others would as well. While sometimes he seems capable of changing, other times the changes are rendered null by [[{{Pride}} his pride]], [[NeverBeHurtAgain his fear of getting hurt]], or [[ALessonLearnedTooWell the extremes he goes to apply such lesson.]] That being said, some lessons have managed to stick, especially when a life-shattering event has occurred.

to:

* CharacterDevelopment: [[ZigzaggingTrope Zigzagged]] ZigZagged and [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]].{{Playing With|ATrope}}. A major theme and the central part of [=BoJack=]'s arc is the question of whether he can evolve into someone he would not only respect and love, but that others would as well. While sometimes he seems capable of changing, other times the changes are rendered null by [[{{Pride}} his pride]], [[NeverBeHurtAgain his fear of getting hurt]], or [[ALessonLearnedTooWell the extremes he goes to apply such lesson.]] That being said, some lessons have managed to stick, especially when a life-shattering event has occurred.



-->'''Police Officer''': Step away from the stolen vehicle, sir!
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': No, no, no. Misunderstanding, officer. I was running away from my girlfriend whom I don't respect enough to have a baby with.

to:

-->'''Police Officer''': Step away from the stolen vehicle, sir!
-->'''[=BoJack=]''':
sir!\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
No, no, no. Misunderstanding, officer. I was running away from my girlfriend whom I don't respect enough to have a baby with.



** In his childhood he sports a sailor's outfit sporting white, which symbolizes his [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocence]], and blue, which shows [[BreakTheCutie the darkness growing.]]
** In his adulthood, he uses predominantly orange in the vest he uses for Horsing Around, which represents [[StartOfDarkness sowing]] [[TookALevelInJerkass anger.]]

to:

** In his childhood he sports a sailor's outfit sporting white, which symbolizes his [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocence]], and blue, which shows [[BreakTheCutie the darkness growing.]]
growing]].
** In his adulthood, he uses predominantly orange in the vest he uses for Horsing Around, which represents [[StartOfDarkness sowing]] [[TookALevelInJerkass anger.]]anger]].



* ComfortFood: If [=BoJack=]'s feeling down, he’ll gorge on food until he passes out. Cotton candy, bread, wine...
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': I ordered a couple of feel-better pizzas. They didn’t help.
* CommanderContrarian: Tell him to do something and he’ll do the opposite. He’ll argue over it. Even if he doesn’t mean to. Or thinks it’s a good idea. Maybe he’s just bored. Bottom line: try to make a Plan B just in case.

to:

* ComfortFood: If [=BoJack=]'s feeling down, he’ll he'll gorge on food until he passes out. Cotton candy, bread, wine...
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': I ordered a couple of feel-better pizzas. They didn’t didn't help.
* CommanderContrarian: Tell him to do something and he’ll he'll do the opposite. He’ll He'll argue over it. Even if he doesn’t doesn't mean to. Or thinks it’s it's a good idea. Maybe he’s he's just bored. Bottom line: try to make a Plan B just in case.



-->'''Wanda''': [=BoJack=], this is our first show and it is very important that things run smoothly tonight. I mean, do you even care about this at all?
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': (with an understanding smile on his face) Sweetie, no. I think this is stupid and a waste of everybody's time. But you're my girlfriend and I care about you.

to:

-->'''Wanda''': [=BoJack=], this is our first show and it is very important that things run smoothly tonight. I mean, do you even care about this at all?
-->'''[=BoJack=]''':
all?\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
(with an understanding smile on his face) Sweetie, no. I think this is stupid and a waste of everybody's time. But you're my girlfriend and I care about you.



* ContractualGenreBlindness: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. He can often predict the way things are going to turn out in a given situation and he is quite savvy about his life, the people around him and his actions. However, he still does what's expected of him because of a ''stubborn'' and desperate belief that no matter what he does, the workings of typical cliches will come to his aid or his actions will end up [[InvokedTrope invoking]] them in RealLife. Needless to say, this turns the advantage of his [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]] ''into'' a flaw.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Oh, yes. At least from his perspective, to be good implies being crushed by the entertainment business, downgrading your intelligence and creativity to appeal to the LowestCommonDenominator, adapting the livelihood of a puppet while being handled behind curtains to be a smiling, moronic douchebag without any substance and simply subdue yourself to accept this reality. Any time this seems to pop up in his life, he resorts to disobeying orders, changing plans to force the hand of the studio, organizing people to listen and follow their own judgement, try to reason with people that might be smart enough to understand, you name it as rebellious, [=BoJack=] has surely done it. [[DeconstructedTrope Note how nothing has been said about if they did work or not. Or if they were practical in the first place.]]

to:

* ContractualGenreBlindness: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. He can often predict the way things are going to turn out in a given situation and he is quite savvy about his life, the people around him and his actions. However, he still does what's expected of him because of a ''stubborn'' and desperate belief that no matter what he does, the workings of typical cliches will come to his aid or his actions will end up [[InvokedTrope invoking]] {{invok|edTrope}}ing them in RealLife. Needless to say, this turns the advantage of his [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]] ''into'' a flaw.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Oh, yes. At least from his perspective, to be good implies being crushed by the entertainment business, downgrading your intelligence and creativity to appeal to the LowestCommonDenominator, adapting the livelihood of a puppet while being handled behind curtains to be a smiling, moronic douchebag without any substance and simply subdue yourself to accept this reality. Any time this seems to pop up in his life, he resorts to disobeying orders, changing plans to force the hand of the studio, organizing people to listen and follow their own judgement, try to reason with people that might be smart enough to understand, you name it as rebellious, [=BoJack=] has surely done it. [[DeconstructedTrope Note how nothing has been said about if they did work or not. Or if they were practical in the first place.]]place]].



* TheCorruptible: As a kid, he was exposed to several negative influences, such as [[DomesticAbuse his parents fighting]] [[BigScrewedUpFamily while he tries to watch his tv show]], [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation often resulting in him turning up the volume]], [[AbusiveParents being forced to finish smoking a cigarette after being caught]] and [[StageMom being pushed into being the best by his mom.]] As an adult, he also became susceptible to [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll alcohol and drugs while living in L.A.]] and constantly shows weakness when it comes to addictions.
* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: As Mr. Peanutbutter observes in the main page quote, [[AngstDissonance [=BoJack=]'s issues (decayed state of mind and spirit) are small potatoes compared to the things he has achieved and should appreciate and doesn't]] (millionaire, recognized star actor, having a good sex life, acting in his dream as his idol, having a girlfriend, etc). [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] by the fact that [=BoJack=]'s true desire lies on being happy, willingly trading any of the things he has for it; not to mention that appreciating what he already possesses is rendered '''null''' by those same benefits ''contributing'' to his current state.

to:

* TheCorruptible: As a kid, he was exposed to several negative influences, such as [[DomesticAbuse his parents fighting]] [[BigScrewedUpFamily while he tries to watch his tv show]], [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation often resulting in him turning up the volume]], [[AbusiveParents being forced to finish smoking a cigarette after being caught]] and [[StageMom being pushed into being the best by his mom.]] mom]]. As an adult, he also became susceptible to [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll alcohol and drugs while living in L.A.]] and constantly shows weakness when it comes to addictions.
* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: As Mr. Peanutbutter observes in the main page quote, [[AngstDissonance [=BoJack=]'s issues (decayed state of mind and spirit) are small potatoes compared to the things he has achieved and should appreciate and doesn't]] (millionaire, recognized star actor, having a good sex life, acting in his dream as his idol, having a girlfriend, etc). [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] {{Deconstructed|Trope}} by the fact that [=BoJack=]'s true desire lies on being happy, willingly trading any of the things he has for it; not to mention that appreciating what he already possesses is rendered '''null''' by those same benefits ''contributing'' to his current state.



-->'''Princess Carolyn''': We got an offer in for this new play off-Broadway.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': Theater? That's what real actors do.
-->'''Princess Carolyn''': Yeah, I told them that, but they said she wanted you.

to:

-->'''Princess --->'''Princess Carolyn''': We got an offer in for this new play off-Broadway.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''':
off-Broadway.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''':
Theater? That's what real actors do.
-->'''Princess
do.\\
'''Princess
Carolyn''': Yeah, I told them that, but they said she wanted you.



--->''Great question. Well, I didn't fall down on my remote, randomly changing the channel to [=MSNBSea=] while simultaneously crippling myself, thus physically forcing me to watch [=MSNBSea=]. So no. I'm not watching [=MSNBSea=] right now''.

to:

--->''Great --->''"Great question. Well, I didn't fall down on my remote, randomly changing the channel to [=MSNBSea=] while simultaneously crippling myself, thus physically forcing me to watch [=MSNBSea=]. So no. I'm not watching [=MSNBSea=] right now''. now."''



--->''Oh, great, [[{{Irony}} for ten grand, I can sleep like a hobo.]]''

to:

--->''Oh, --->''"Oh, great, [[{{Irony}} for ten grand, I can sleep like a hobo.]]''hobo]]."''



--->''Or maybe you're the third kind of person, whose only function is to drain the energy and life force from his host organism.''

to:

--->''Or --->''"Or maybe you're the third kind of person, whose only function is to drain the energy and life force from his host organism.''"''



--->''This is Pappy Van Winkle, friend. Do you know how old this bourbon is? If this was a person, I would have stopped having sex with it a year ago.''

to:

--->''This --->''"This is Pappy Van Winkle, friend. Do you know how old this bourbon is? If this was a person, I would have stopped having sex with it a year ago.''"''



--->''I was double-crossed by the one man I assumed was too stupid to even single cross.''
** "The Telescope": [=BoJack=] and Diane talk about going to Malibu to see Herb and he tells her she's his backup:
--->''Fine, I guess. Just don't abandon me. No bathroom breaks. And don't slip out of the room to text your fiancé a bunch of winky smileys with hearts next to them. Gross. [[BackhandedCompliment Congratulations on the whole being engaged thing by the way]].''

to:

--->''I --->''"I was double-crossed by the one man I assumed was too stupid to even single cross.''
"''
** "The Telescope": [=BoJack=] and Diane talk about going to Malibu to see Herb and he tells her she's his backup:
--->''Fine,
backup;
--->''"Fine,
I guess. Just don't abandon me. No bathroom breaks. And don't slip out of the room to text your fiancé a bunch of winky smileys with hearts next to them. Gross. [[BackhandedCompliment [[StealthInsult Congratulations on the whole being engaged thing by the way]].''"''



-->Princess Carolyn, what are we doing? Getting gelato? [sighs] This was a mistake. I've been acting crazy. That phone call just pulled me back to reality. You were right. I don't love you. You don't love me. We're just two lonely people trying to hate ourselves a little less. Maybe that's all we're ever gonna be. Maybe that's all we ever were.

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-->Princess -->''"Princess Carolyn, what are we doing? Getting gelato? [sighs] This was a mistake. I've been acting crazy. That phone call just pulled me back to reality. You were right. I don't love you. You don't love me. We're just two lonely people trying to hate ourselves a little less. Maybe that's all we're ever gonna be. Maybe that's all we ever were."''



-->On the boat, there was a girl. [...]In New Mexico. And she trusted me. I keep asking myself if her mother didn't walk in, would I have done it? And a part of me is sure I--I couldn't. But another part knows that's a lie. How do you make something right when you've made it so wrong you can never go back?

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-->On --->''"On the boat, there was a girl. [...]In New Mexico. And she trusted me. I keep asking myself if her mother didn't walk in, would I have done it? And a part of me is sure I--I couldn't. But another part knows that's a lie. How do you make something right when you've made it so wrong you can never go back?back?"''



-->I can't keep lying to myself, saying "I'm gonna change". I'm poison. [...] I come from poison. I have poison inside of me and I destroy everything that I touch. That's my legacy. I have nothing to show for the life that I've lead and I have nobody in my life who's better off for having known me.

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-->I --->''"I can't keep lying to myself, saying "I'm gonna change". I'm poison. [...] I come from poison. I have poison inside of me and I destroy everything that I touch. That's my legacy. I have nothing to show for the life that I've lead and I have nobody in my life who's better off for having known me."''



--->'''[=BoJack=]:''' Why would I say "You'll never get me in that sweater" in this scene, and then in the very next scene, I'm wearing the sweater?\\
'''Girl:''' See, that's actually the joke.\\
'''[=BoJack=]:''' Don't explain the joke to me!

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--->'''[=BoJack=]:''' --->'''[=BoJack=]''': Why would I say "You'll never get me in that sweater" in this scene, and then in the very next scene, I'm wearing the sweater?\\
'''Girl:''' '''Girl''': See, that's actually the joke.\\
'''[=BoJack=]:''' '''[=BoJack=]''': Don't explain the joke to me!



* TheDragAlong: He isn't too keen whenever someone tries to rope some sort of commitment or include him in some cause. This is surprisingly [[InvertedTrope inverted]] whenever it's for something he truly cares about, at which point the problem becomes ''how to stop him''.

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* TheDragAlong: He isn't too keen whenever someone tries to rope some sort of commitment or include him in some cause. This is surprisingly [[InvertedTrope inverted]] {{inverted|Trope}} whenever it's for something he truly cares about, at which point the problem becomes ''how to stop him''.



* DuelingShows: [=BoJack=]'s show, ''[[JustForFun/HorsinAround Horsin' Around]]'' vs. Mr. Peanutbutter's show, ''[[CaptainErsatz Mr. Peanutbutter's House]]''.

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* DuelingShows: [=BoJack=]'s show, ''[[JustForFun/HorsinAround Horsin' Around]]'' ''JustForFun/HorsinAround'' vs. Mr. Peanutbutter's show, ''[[CaptainErsatz Mr. Peanutbutter's House]]''.


* BigDamnKiss: [[HoYay With Mr. Peanutbutter]] in "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E8LetsFindOut Let's Find Out]]".

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* BigDamnKiss: TheBigDamnKiss: [[HoYay With Mr. Peanutbutter]] in "[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS2E8LetsFindOut Let's Find Out]]".


* AxCrazy: In season 4 BoJack has undergone a SanitySlippage due to his painkiller addiction and became very unstable and acts out in a homicidal fury on Gina and almost murders her on the set of Philbert.

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* AxCrazy: In season 4 BoJack has undergone As a SanitySlippage due to result of his ongoing painkiller addiction and became in season 5, [=BoJack=] undergoes a SanitySlippage, becoming very unstable and acts out which culminates with him exploding in a homicidal fury on toward Gina and almost murders murdering her on the set of Philbert.

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