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Beatrice Horseman

In her old age

Played by: Wendie Mallick

"...his mother Beatrice, heiress to the Sugarman Sugar Cubes fortune and used to certain comforts..."
Description of her in One Trick Pony.

"Here's your omelet. I'm sorry it's not as good as the omelets your secretary makes, but then you're not married to your secretary, are you?"

Debut: "BoJack Hates The Troops"
Last appearance: "Time's Arrow" (Alive); "Free Churro" (Mentioned).

BoJack's mother. A wealthy heiress who, along with BoJack's father, is much of the reason that BoJack is so screwed up.

She died in October 2018, shorty before the events of the Season 5 episode "Free Churro".

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  • Abusive Mom: Dismissive, manipulative, and even violent towards young BoJack. This continues even into his adulthood, with her dismissing him as a "clown" and openly blaming him for ruining her life by the mere fact of his birth. BoJack even claimed that she tried to drown him in a bathtub when he was 22. As season 4 reveals, her own father wasn't better, being a dismissive sexist who burned her belongings when she caught scarlet fever, had her mother lobotomized and attempted to marry her off. Didn't even allow her to eat ice cream.
  • Accidental Misnaming: In Season 4, due to her dementia she constantly refers to BoJack as "Henrietta", which is the name of her former maid and Hollyhock's mother.
  • Adoption Is Not an Option: Inverted. Given how BoJack was an unplanned pregnancy (that she refused to abort), she nor Butterscotch thought of giving him up for adoption. However, this might be a justified inversion, given the time period (the 60s).
  • Affectionate Nickname: Hollyhock calls her "Grammy Gram".
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: "Time's Arrow" reveals the catalyst for her lifelong misery turned out to be a traumatic childhood memory involving her father burning all her things due to her scarlet fever, including her " baby" doll, right in front of her.
  • Alcoholic Parent: On par of her misery being a mother, she consumed alcohol as much as her precious smokes to cope.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Part of what initially drew her to Butterscotch was his rugged good looks, disregard for high society niceties, and rebellious disregard for authority. He did crash her debutante ball, after all.
  • Almighty Mom: A very dark, tragic example. Beatrice, having been casted off into an unfulfilling life, reigns her remaining influence into BoJack, guilt-tripping him about how his existence ruined everybody's life (especially hers), dismissing every sense of independence in him and molding and reducing him as nothing more than an instrument to repair his debris and do as she pleases. Even to this day, it's clear that her sole presence or even a phone call of hers is enough to rattle BoJack or crush his expectations.
  • Alpha Bitch: Prideful and cold, Beatrice had abundant beauty, class and elite reputation which ended up going down the drain the minute she hit a dead end with a baby in the way and the necessity of wedlock for the future; as it is, that hasn't stopped her attitude from receding or Beatrice being humbled by the experience, intensifying it instead the more she realizes that her life won't turn around from such event, her glory days are far behind her and she will have to get used to such an existence. Basically, a queen bee all grown up and just as mean as ever with the objects of her ire being Butterscotch and little Bojay.
  • Altar Diplomacy: Beatrice correctly deduces that Joseph is arranging events to ensure she'll eventually marry Corbin Creamerman since it would provide a valuable alliance between Sugarman Sugar and Creamerman Ice Cream that would make both more powerful. The marriage would be more of a transaction than anything else. After Beatrice marries Butterscotch, the deal is called off.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Shows classical signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder as well as certain symptoms of Histrionic and Borderline, mixing equals parts entitlement and desire for attention, which she cannot achieve from where she's standing, causing her to pass such desires to BoJack.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: When talking to Henrietta, she warns her not to "let that man poison [her] life the way he did [hers]". Due to the situation, it's easy to see her talking about Butterscotch but the argument could still be made about Beatrice projecting her hatred of her father as well, since her life was contaminated by him too. The fact that both Joseph and Butterscotch at that point resemble each other with their diverging philosophies the only difference makes more murky. Which one she's referring to is unclear. Probably both.
  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Losing her memories due to senile dementia has allowed Beatrice to show a kinder, less toxic side of her; as shown when she's at worst snarky during BoJack's and Hollyhock's visit, and never reaching the levels of cruel condescension she usually showed to BoJack. Of course, this attitude is explored through all kinds of focus:
    • On one hand, she's much happier and can be genuinely mindful of other people. Likewise, she's able to show herself as more vulnerable than the stone cold façade she often put to shield herself. On the other, it's clear Beatrice is suffering from a very fatal Death of Personality and as such, she's innocent because she can no longer tell or do anything for herself, let alone remember the horrible things she used to do to those around her. This fragile attitude also gains her sympathy from most of the people around her, which bothers BoJack, who remembers all too well what a pathetic, horrible excuse of a mother she used to be, and how she probably doesn't deserve such good treatment.
    • From BoJack's perspective, he's emotionally confused, to say the least: on one hand, his mother, the woman who terrorized him all those years and whose love he could never get, is starting to ebb away and he's not getting any better. Worse, her gentle attitude, one he never saw, is winning a lot of people to her side or at least give her a pass in many eyes, which he cannot abide for. Beatrice's presence plain and simple just affects BoJack, dementia or not dementia. Then, there's the Doll issue....
    • It's also pointed out that just because she's unaware doesn't mean her complete memories are gone. She just doesn't have the ability to tell anymore or even if her actions have certain consequences: she's just like a child, innocent but not good. Hollyhock learned that the hard way.
  • Analogy Backfire: When an adult BoJack reasonably asks why she and Butterscotch don't just divorce, she snarls that that may be the Hollywood way, and rattles off a few examples of frivolous divorces... only to stumble on a good reason. The real reason is she has Interalized Sexism from her upbringing, and thinks a woman's only worth is through marriage, and since she feels no one else will have her at her age, she might as well stick with Butterscotch.
    BoJack: I don't understand why you two don't just get a divorce.
    Beatrice: Oh, sure, that's the Hollywood way! "We're out of mustard. Let's get a divorce!" "I'm a little sad. Divorce!" "We've grown apart over the years and our adult child has moved out out of the house and there's no reason for us to stay together. Divorce!"
    BoJack: That actually is a legitimate reason to get a divorce.
  • Anti-Hero: Mostly averted, since her actions are never presented as anything other that the abuse it truly is. She only edges closely to this trope in the form of Debutante!Beatrice, whose concern for others and snarky attitude made her a mix of Knight In Sour Armor and Pragmatic Hero; her later flirting with something resembling "heroism" (helping Henrietta) is still done partly for vicariously selfish purposes, edging her to Nominal Hero status.
  • Anti-Villain: Descending or ascending at various points of the series. Chronologically, she climbs from Token Good Teammate to a Tragic Villain (with shades of Noble Demon). Series-wise, she goes from an unsympathetic Abusive Mom to a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds. An interesting example since at no point are any of her terrible experiences used to condone any of her actions, just explain them and understand her reasoning for her actions; likewise, her numerous flashbacks are key in how sympathetic she may be perceived; the only difference between season 1's Beatrice and season 4's Beatrice is depth, not any softening of her cruelty.
  • Arc Symbol:
    • Throughout "Time's Arrow", there are three books being read by Beatrice with covers saying the duration of the Time Skips. Then, near the end, those three books appear in Young Beatrice's room and are burnt in the fireplace by Beatrice's father's servants, due to her illness. This is meant to represent the effects that dementia has on the person, it destroys the passage of time.
    • Through her life, Beatrice was never allowed to eat ice-cream, claiming it was a food for boys. During her youngster years, Beatrice met Corbin Creamerman, one of her pretenders, who was the heir to Creamerman Industries (dairy products of any kind, ice-cream as well) and sympathized with her due to their mutual daddy issues. Just when it seemed Beatrice was starting to come around to him, she ends pregnant and elopes with Butterscotch in a vain hope he'd make it big with his novel and she'd still have the luxuries she was accustomed to. Several years later, she regrets everything in her life. In other words, Beatrice was denied ice-cream and when she had the chance to have it, it was ruined by youth mistakes.
  • Arc Villain: Of BoJack's childhood, sharing the title with Butterscotch. While she's far fron the only antagonist in the series, her actions toward little BoJack have continued to affect him far more than any other experience in his life, barring a few exceptions. She's also a candidate for this for Season 4 in real time, given that it focuses on her character more than any other season, has her living with BoJack, and turning out to have been slipping Hollyhock diet pill-filled coffee all along. She's also the one who convinced her mother to give her up at birth in the first place, though in this case she had nothing but good intentions.
  • Arc Words: "Silly stories." We see in "Time's Arrow" that young Beatrice was an avid reader, which is is part of what drew her to the aspiring novelist Butterscotch. When Butterscotch got her pregnant and she lamented that she was Defiled Forever, Butterscotch persuaded her to elope with him by telling her the "story" of the young couple who moved out to San Fransisco; he became a successful writer, she took care of the baby, and they lived happily ever after. When Reality Ensued, Beatrice became bitter and miserable, and often asked her young son to tell her stories to distract from her Awful Wedded Life. Years later, Beatrice lamented that Horsin' Around was nothing but a bunch of silly stories. When BoJack tried to defend it by saying some people like silly stories, Beatrice snarled, "Lot of good they ever did me." Which is true; the "silly stories" that drew her to and convinced her to marry Butterscotch quite literally ruined her life. However, in a twist of irony, at the end of the episode in a rare moment of lucidity, Beatrice recognizes BoJack but is confused by where she is. BoJack then spins her a happy story about how she's in the lake house in Michigan, surrounded by all the things she loved in life; and it's the first time Beatrice ever looks truly happy. It's a lie, of course; but the sad, cruel irony is that "silly stories" were the only happiness Beatrice ever got to experience.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Clemelia Bloodsworth. From an early age, neither girl liked each other with Clemelia frequently antagonizing Beatrice during playground hours and Beatrice eventually responding in kind as grown-ups. She represents everything Beatrice is not and hates about her peers (and what she eventually becomes).
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Fallen princess she may be but the venomous rage is still in her every word and the lineage is not willing to contradict if certain father's actions are taken into consideration. Matter of fact, such actions are Beatrice's main crux to bear and others to suffer.
  • Arranged Marriage: Not as such, but her father did heavily push her to accept Corbin Creamerman since their families could profit from a sugar-cream alliance to make a profitable ice cream empire. Then she got pregnant with Bojack from Butterscotch.
  • Ascended Extra: While she was an important character in the first three seasons, she only appeared in a spare amount of episodes via flashbacks and only made one present appearance in season 2. In season 4, Beatrice's screen-time increases.
  • Audience Surrogate: For once (and it's quite a feat considering who Beatrice is), Memory!Beatrice is just as confused by the sudden changes in the environment and changes in scenery within her mind as the audience is.
  • Ax-Crazy: A more subdued example. Beatrice is not insane or a psychopath by any means, but hiding heart medication and trying to drown her son leave little to the imagination of how unstable she could get when affected by her emotions.
  • Baby Factory: How she was intended to be raised by both Joseph and Honey, with the former especially expecting her to marry a "good man from Columbia" during her college years and limiting her reading time arguing brain function "takes away from breasts and hips". She's not keen in becoming an elite "breeding livestock", so she proceeds to rebel in any way she can. Difficult to say if pregnancy was the result of Morton's Fork but it's a moot point anyway; as far as Beatrice is concerned, her life was ruined by sexism and the false idea of motherhood.
  • Backhanded Apology: Gives one to BoJack in "Brand New Couch"; things shouldn't have been the way they were, but she still doesn't accept responsibility.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: She ensured Henrietta would get to finish her medical career and not follow in her footsteps of becoming bitter crone. This act redeemed Beatrice herself in her own eyes, even at the cost of giving her baby over adoption in spite of Henrietta's protests and cries.
  • Beauty Is Bad: With her blonde, luscious braids, fine upper crust heritage and remarkable voice, Beatrice is the physical epitome of a Southern Belle. She may claim otherwise, implying she was even more attractive before giving birth and even then, she's still willing to stroke her ego by keeping herself as good looking as possible. This is just an early indicator of her vanity and what years of raising a foal have done to her soul.
  • Beauty = Goodness: In a twisted way, she's an example of both this and the above subversion. Yes, Beatrice never quite lost her beauty and it was this obsession what made her such a towering abusive mother for BoJack. Young Beatrice, however, was beautiful and nice (time may have done something in the attitude during teenage years, but what's a little sass when it's employed against retrograde, sexist antagonists?) with little Beatrice an example of the Plucky Girl and her mature self a Little Miss Snarker. Key difference, however, was that back then, Beatrice couldn't care less about her appearance. She was dutiful in terms of responsibility and knew the routine of good manners, but she put far more effort in her skills, degree and ideals of making someone out of herself than appearing desirable to prospective husbands. Once any future projects cleared off the table due to BoJack, Beatrice became more and more fixated on the idea of the past, along with regrets and a glorified alternative to her mediocre present. Getting older, she came around to the idea of beauty and started using heavy makeup despite not really being in need of any as her personality soured.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: As a young mare, she openly disparaged the vacuous, snobby, image-obsessed Idle Rich lifestyle she was born into. After eloping with Butterscotch and getting a taste the commoner's life she once romanticized, she found she couldn't cope without the luxuries she was accustomed to and couldn't wait to get it back.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In a sense. After eloping with Butterscotch, Beatrice learned the hard way that living in poverty wasn't as fun as reading about it. The once fierce activist determined to overthrow the "garish" disparity of wealth in the country couldn't wait to get her husband to accept a corner office job in her father's company so she could get back the Idle Rich lifestyle she once denounced.
  • Belated Backstory: While hints are given of Beatrice's past, including links to Sugarman Sugar and her deep resentment being rooted in a bad life, she's not given enough characterization beyond what's seen on screen and through BoJack's recollection of her. This changes in season 4, where her life story runs back-to-back with BoJack's present to highlight and contrast both.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: Beatrice realized she would have preferred to get together with Corbin Creamerman than Butterscotch years after the fact.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Every reminder of her previous life before becoming a housewife just sets her off.
    • Don't wear informal clothing in a theatre or demand anything from her in any way or form that seems disrespectful. She won't let you hear the end of it.
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Archie" for Butterscotch's rogue, bad boyish "Veronica" and Corbin's friendly, nervous "Betty". She chooses Butterscotch because he got her pregnant and regrets it dearly.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Being the antagonist in BoJack's arc, she shares this role with Katrina Peanutbutter, herself the antagonist in Diane/Mr. Peanutbutter's arc for season 4. However, while Beatrice remains a corrupting influence, her dementia and wheel-chair confinement means that she's mostly tame with her most harmful actions psychological while Katrina is grooming Mr. Peanutbutter as a Puppet King to be used by prison lobbyists and is implied to be highly corrupt with her actions affecting California long-term.
  • Bleak Abyss Retirement Home: She's been living in a retirement home that BoJack put her in. After finding out that she's been putting amphetamines in Hollyhock's coffee (albeit accidentally), BoJack puts her in one with even more wretched conditions where she'll likely live out the rest of her life.
  • Blue Blood: Daughter of one of the most well-heeled families. She loses her riches after marrying a commoner.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Butterscotch as part of their Commonality Connection, although in this case is more "dead parents" one way or the other. From Beatrice's part, it's more spiritual death since her mother is now technically brain-dead.
  • Bookworm: Almost every flashback shows her with a book (from early childhood all the way into her geriatric years), even though she was discouraged from reading for being a girl. When her father sent her to college for her MRS Degree, she got a degree instead. Part of what drew her to Butterscotch in the first place was that he was an aspiring novelist.
  • Bourgeois Bumpkin: Played With. Post-Marriage!Beatrice was forced to give most of her luxuries after getting hitched, mostly due to a stern belief in financial independence and desire to break away from her father's influence and money. However, she found herself unable to cope with normal life drudgery and how the lack of creature comforts couldn't distract her from her misery. The sheer unfairness of her situation, coupled with her boiling resentment made Beatrice turn on everyone around her for her unsatisfied life rather than accept her part of the responsibility. Eventually, after she persuades Butterscotch in getting a job at Sugarman West branch, the crumbing home is redecorated, Beatrice is able to afford new, better clothes, the family acquires much more prestige and some of the money and status is restored in Beatrice's eyes. Still, it's not enough. Beatrice continued being disappointed by her much lower class compared to her youth and as such kept complaining about their way of living like ordinary people even though at this point she was pretty much living at a much higher standard than most people. From others' perspective, she's well off; from her point of view, she's in a much disadvantaged position compared to her years as a heiress of the Sugarman clan.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: A 20-years-and-something old young feminist mare raised during The '40s, The ’50s and The '60s, when open sexism and value of virginity and female submission were the norm.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: To Joseph in her young adult years. Once she has returned from college, single and with a degree, her enlightened mind has seen way beyond the limits of her wealthy background and such when she returns, everything seems so petty and small in comparison. When Joseph tries to force her to fit in again during her debutante ball, she lashes out, questioning everything about his old fashioned advertising, callousness about selling her as a honorary Baby Factory through a thinly veiled Arranged Marriage and his elitist condescendence. His frustrated resignation implies this isn't the first time they've had this conversation.
  • Broken Ace: An intelligent woman with enough opportunities in life, a whiplash of a wit and unexploited talent...whose past involved coming face to face with the institutionalized misogyny of society in the treatment and fall of her mother, the death of her brother and the knowledge that her worst enemy came in the form of one of her parents; then, her life back on track derailed by an unexpected pregnancy, an unhappy marriage with a deluded, prideful man she eventually came to despise as well as her offspring, resulting in the biggest disgrace of all; being cuckolded with the maid, resulting in yet another pregnancy.
  • Broken Hero: Subverted. Beatrice tried to break away from her chains and remain a somewhat decent person in spite of her traumas. As history proves, she failed spectacularly.
  • The Bully: In what she evolves into, rare for a grown-up. She used to decry such attitude when she was younger and more idealistic; not so much as a middle aged woman when crushing people's spirits is the only source of light for her.
  • Bully Hunter: Best exemplified in her interactions with Clemelia Bloodsworth. She really doesn't like cruel, condescending people. Irony doesn't begin covering what she became...
  • Bureaucratically Arranged Marriage: Paired with Corbin Creamerman since her early days as a debutante and his early days as a pretender by Joseph and Mort themselves since it would join them in a strategically powerful conglomerate of Sugarman Cubes and Creamerman Ice Cream. In due time, it would have turned into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage; alas, the story is already written and there's no point in crying over spilled milk...unless you're Beatrice, of course.
  • Burn Baby Burn: No cruel pun intended, Beatrice's toys, including her baby doll, her most beloved possession, were burned in her bedroom's fireplace to keep quarantine on her scarlet fever. Her traumatic memories of it melting in the fire and his father's callousness toward her feelings of despair led Beatrice to refuse to abort BoJack.
  • Butt-Monkey: A rather dark example; Beatrice had a really crappy life, with every single decision she made on her own screwing her further. Still, this doesn't change that she was somewhat responsible for her own unhappiness, even if she was never able to admit to herself. Nor that she later made everyone her own Butt Monkeys.
  • Byronic Hero: Overall, a failed example. Interestingly, Beatrice fit this role better in her teenage years than in her older ones, despite having a more biting wit the older she got, since she had a much firmer moral compass and was genuinely conflicted over the right thing to do; for all of her brilliant putdowns, Old!Beatrice is very much a byronic villain.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: In a season four flashback of her visiting BoJack to give him a painting that belonged to her father, she seems for all the world like she's trying to do something nice for and reach out to her son, bringing him a painting that means a lot to her, inquiring about his cancelled show, and lamenting what it waste it was that it was cancelled. However, due to a lifetime of being consumed by bitterness and resentment, she can't bring herself to finish a nice thought after starting it, and almost compulsively reverts back to her usual insulting of BoJack (accusing him of only "taking" after he agrees to take the portrait she brought) and blaming him for ruining her life (lamenting what a "waste" it was that his show was cancelled after all the sacrifice she put in to raise him). When BoJack predictably shuts down and emotionally withdraws from her, Beatrice looks like she regrets her words, but is unable to bring herself to apologize as doing so would burst the dam of repressed emotions she's kept bottled up to avoid facing the trauma of her own childhood.
  • Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: At Butterscotch's funeral, all she said was, "My husband is dead, and everything is worse now." BoJack isn't sure if it's because of The Masochism Tango they formed, or if it's because Butterscotch left her so much debt on his death that she had to sell the house and move into a retirement home.
  • Can't Take Criticism: If her rant over a perceived slight (of a quote from a T-shirt, no less!) is any indication, Beatrice Horseman's ears were not made to hear any lashing-out for her perfect persona. Played with since at the exact same time, she is completely nonchalant to how vocally her son can't stand being around her.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Her awful personality is shaped by her mother getting a lobotomy after the death of her brother in World War II, and her father cheerfully threatening to do the same to her if she ever let her "womanly emotions" get the better of her too.
  • Cheerful Child: During her 1940s childhood. She doesn't get to keep it for long.
  • Character Death: A combination of old age and dementia take their toll in Season 5, ultimately claiming Beatrice's life.
  • Character Development: Beatrice has gone through a rather (ungrateful) journey.
    • Starting as a filly, Beatrice was innocent, though naïve and trusting of her peers' better judgement such as her father' retrograde thinking and her mother's acceptance of it. Once her brother CrackerJack dies and Honey is lobotomized , Beatrice's perfect world is destroyed and is exposed to the cruelness of the world, in addition to being left in the care of Joseph, the root of her predicament.
    • As a debutante, Bea's knowledge of the world has expanded and has now acquired much needed sarcasm to deal with the idiocy of her world, hoping for something better. In spite of this better self, she's not above stupid impulses and it's the suppression of these and desire to rebel which makes her possible future crumble.
    • As a housewife, she has discarded much of he previously held idealism and is an elitist at heart with supreme bitterness to bring down whoever decides to remind her of her rotten luck. Concerned with wealth whereas she had previously rejected, she obsesses over what could have been if she had chosen a different life.
    • As an elder, she's slowly falling apart and regretful of most of her actions even if she can't admit to herself or others. In trying to make amends, she reveals herself to be utterly incapable of it dooming her to fade to oblivion while everyone else struggles with her debris.
    • In her last stage of dementia, she has now become innocent as she used to with her snark added even if she's now as helpless as a child. Of course, her innocence just makes her more susceptible to the bad advice she was given as a child, which shows her as a product of her environment; someone who once had potential and was tainted by life in the process.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: It's not childish by any means, but hers is a trait passed down from her mother's side she carries to adulthood.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Despite hating him, Beatrice had a very sharp eye when it came to Butterscotch's fidelity and often showed extreme jealousy at best or went ballistic at worst if she found out even something that would hint at a possible affair. Given how dedicated she was at keeping the "happy family" charade for the sake of appearances, it's up in the air if Beatrice's flip outs would happen out of duty or plain jaundiced eyes.
  • Commonality Connection:
    • Stuck in a lavish, yet vacuous lifestyle, Beatrice was drawn to the rough-and-tumble Butterscotch because he was a counter-culture rebel who'd read the Beats, like her, had an independent way of thinking and of course crashed her party and boasted about it. Though it was mostly only for a one-night stand.
    • She started to come around to her Abhorrent Admirer Corbin Creamerman when he revealed that he had greater dreams for his life than what his overbearing father wanted for him, which she could relate to, and of course being charmed by his eyes. Then she learned she was pregnant from her one-night stand with Butterscotch.
  • Companion Cube: Had a baby horse doll as a child that she loved very much. One of her many childhood traumas was watching her father burn it in front of her because he feared it was contaminated with scarlet fever. She becomes attached to another horse doll after she succumbs to dementia, to the point that she views it as her "baby" like she did as a child.
  • Crapsack Only by Comparison: Beatrice disliked living in a normal home because she was raised in a mansion, despite the fact it's no different than lower middle class. Even after rising due to Butterscotch getting a job in Sugarman West, she still thinks it's unfair for her.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Beatrice decides to pay Henrietta's way through medical school on the terms that she is to give Hollyhock up for adoption. Beatrice even goes as far as to refuse to let Henrietta hold her baby after the birth because she knows Henrietta will get attached and back out at the last minute. While cruel, it's all to protect Henrietta from going through what Beatrice went through. It is, in her own twisted way, the kindest thing we ever see Beatrice do.
    Beatrice: You think you want this, but you don't. Not like this. [...] Don't throw away your dreams for this child. Don't let that man poison your life the way he did mine. You are going to finish your schooling and become a nurse. You'll meet a man, a good man, and you'll have a family, but please believe me, you don't want this. Please, Henrietta, you have to believe me. Please, don't do what I did.

  • Damned by Faint Praise: Or the closest thing to "praise" someone like Beatrice can give, anyway. After BoJack invites her to a live screening of Horsin' Around, all she can bring herself to say is, "Well, it wasn't Ibsen." Inverted ("Praised by Faint Damning") when it's revealed that Beatrice secretly likes the show, but feels she shouldn't. The fact that someone as brutally honest as Beatrice can't think of anything insulting to say beyond "it wasn't Ibsen" foreshadowed that she liked the show more than she was willing to admit.
    • On the receiving of this trope in Season 5. At her funeral, BoJack struggles to think of anything nice to say about her, because she was just such a horrible mother to him throughout her whole life.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: When she returns in season 4, Beatrice has been confined to a wheelchair and suffers from dementia, making her resemble more of a grumpy case of Granny Classic. There's something darkly comedic and tragic about BoJack been tortured by a frail old lady whose nothing more than a shadow of the cruel woman she used to be.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Agreed to sneak off from her debutante ball for a romp with Butterscotch because he convinced her it'd piss off her dad. Then reality ensued.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Old Sugarman Place" and "Time's Arrow" are centered around her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To the nth degree. Quite easy to see where BoJack got his condescending attitude and hurtful snark from.
  • Death by Irony: One of the incidents that led to Beatrice becoming who she is was her mother getting part of her brain cut out. Before Honey lost what was left of her personality, she made Beatrice promise her she wouldn't love someone as much as she did Crackerjack, and Beatrice ended up fulfilling that promise in the worst possible way. Despite her efforts to not end up like her mother, she is now dying of an illness degenerating her brain, and she's losing her sense of self to the disease, much like her mother lost her sense of self to the lobotomy.
  • Death of Personality: ZigZagged. By season 4, her onset of dementia has reduced her mindset to nothing more than a snarky version of Granny Classic without any remembrance to who she was or who did she used to know. This produces mixed feelings for BoJack; on one hand, he's not sad she's not losing her mid, given how she's treated him all his life; on the other, there's no satisfaction since she cannot longer recognize him and clearly doesn't know what to feel guilty about. Dementia also leads Beatrice to being much, much kinder and harmless than usual with her maternal side popping up with a doll and Hollyhock, which drives BoJack mad. That being said, she still gets glimpses of sanity and her true colors haven't disappeared, they've just filtered through her messed mind. Especially the diet pills needed for girls with girth like Hollyhock...
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the frustrated wealthy socialite forced to live through common people's customs.
    • Bourgeois Bohemian: Beatrice always believed herself an advocate of rights, with a special interest in correcting social injustices and calling out people when they prefer to look the other way. Instead of being genuine, Beatrice's struggles are presented as an attempt to rebel toward the misogyny and vapid lifestyle of her peers without any real substance beyond what she thinks it involves. Once she gets a taste of the real commoner's life, she finds herself unable to cope with the lack of luxuries and becomes bitter, resentful and the kind of dissatisfied elitist she despised in the first place.
    • Rebellious Princess: Beatrice's attempts to break free from her redundant, obsolete lavish lifestyle are done with abandon and lack of reflexive thinking, placing her into different, but no less unwanted position; bitter marriage with dead-end loser and an eventually undesired son. Not to say, certain long term plans for her would have been beneficial if she'd had the opportunity to analyze what was convenient and good rather than just rejecting it out of a biased sense of "I had no saying in this, therefore, it's bad for me" as an automatic response.
  • Defiled Forever: She declares herself a "ruined woman" after finding out her romp with Butterscotch has resulted in pregnancy. Letting aside the problems with being a single mother, she can no longer hope to get married to Corbyn Creamerman and the customs of the time dictate that getting pregnant or turning 30 are ways in which a woman loses value. Not to say of what her father will say when he finds out. Butterscotch stops her train of thought and simply uses an analogy to propose to her, with both knitting a fantasy of their life together.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At first, she wasn't a fan of Corbin Creamerman at all because of his awkward, dorky personality. However, she eventually realized that he isn't a bad guy at all and that they have quite a few things in-common... and right after she started to like him, she found out that she is pregnant with BoJack.
  • A Degree in Useless: Not because it really is, since it's never revealed what field did Beatrice specialized herself, but because she never made any use of it.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: In-Universe and out, she represents this to BoJack. Alongside Butterscotch, Beatrice is an example of what a selfish, toxic version of BoJack would be, and the direction his life could take if he chooses to let his demons consume him.
  • Disapproving Look: Her default face. FOR. EVERYTHING. ANYONE. WOULD. DO.
  • Dismissing a Compliment: Frequently, especially when such complements came from little BoJack himself. A notable example occurs when BoJack is filming the "Horsin' Around" pilot and Beatrice pulls no stops in pretending to give him some compliments, only to backpedal and berate everything he's done so far.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: She doesn't find Corbin Creamerman boring, just his preferred themes of conversation and how he talks.
  • Due to the Dead: BoJack's eulogy veers closely to Speak Ill of the Dead, yet he also gives Beatrice a pass for some things, remaining ambivalent about her as a mother and as a mare.
  • Dying as Yourself: Subverted. At her funeral, BoJack reflects that she seemed to have a brief moment of clarity and said "I see you" to him as she died. Then, on reflection, he remembers they were in the Intensive Care Unit and she was just reading the sign "I C U" on the wall behind him.
  • Dynamic Character: Believe it or not, yes. She's more of a Static Character in the present (which makes sense in retrospect) but once her backstory is revealed, Beatrice is shown to have gone through a lot of changes in her life (personality and otherwise); rarely were good ones, but she never really stayed the same way.
  • Enemy Civil War: With Butterscotch. They hated each other during their time together, but neither was willing to get a divorce or compromise about what they want, which the other opposes. Years together have also made them accustomed to a certain misery routine and a divorce expensive and inconvenient. Most of their conflicts about money, time dedicated to work, each other's flaws are tailored by each mostly in a passive-aggressive or just plain verbally aggressive manner disguised as 1/15th inch compliments, suggestions coming as demands with self-interest as backing, control over their times and questioning when the other drifts away too much, Breaking Speeches with a dedication to the other's broken dreams, it goes on, all with the hope that the other won't be desperate enough to leave and stay as a good martyr willing to take whatever hatred the other has accumulated during a lifetime. With paper-thin respect and deniability, of course. The kid been present or nearby during the fights is never counted on, though.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Beatrice's first appearance happens in "Bojack Hates The Troops" during a Flashback: she serves Butterscotch his breakfast omelet by tossing while subtly guilt-tripping him by demeaning her cooking and he doesn't seem to like it, then outright accuses him in a passive-aggressive tone that the omelet "is not as good as the ones made by [his] secretary" while reminding him they're married, all with a dismissive tone and in front of little BoJack, whom she barely notices. Then, he calls attention to himself, asking for an omelet as well. Beatrice admits he's the birthday boy after all and goes back to cooking. Mood-Swinger Evil Matriarch with a severe Lack of Empathy....seems about right.
    • Later reintroduced in a more serious tone during her flashbacks in seasons 1-2:
      • Her appearance in "Downer Ending" is the opposite of a Helpful Hallucination and shows Beatrice had no sense of empathy for her son BoJack, having forced him at an early age to perform songs in her reunions; her love would work as a conditioner to get him to agree to everything and her expectations of his future are certainly part of her personality with it being the catalyst for his Love Hungry tendencies. However, during the last part, she actually tries to give some comfort to BoJack, telling him the secret to grow old, even if she's still cold, implying some hidden maternal instincts.
      • In "Brand New Couch", Beatrice calls BoJack as a way of apologizing after reading One Trick Pony, which she does in the most backhanded way possible without acknowledging her part in the rock soup. Instead, she gives him a Breaking Speech that doubles as one for her, telling him he was born broken and by extension, she did as well. This seals her as a Tragic Villain without taking away the Hate Sink: she's been hurt by life, but she won't admit and she never got better.
      • Last, "The Shot" reveals Beatrice's philosophy and attitude; discovering her son smoking is one thing, ordering him to finish it is another one. On top of that, she's emphasizing the word "quitter" in her small speech to BoJack, (referencing her giving up on life to raise him, with her dreams taking a backseat) and exerting her will upon him as a way to control the smallest part of life she gets her hands on.
    • Finally, "The Old Sugarman Place" and "Time's Arrow" settles her as a Troubled Abuser with some redeeming qualities and in the present, what she really is: a tormented woman with regrets by the ton who might not deserve forgiveness but maybe some sympathy.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: She does it fairly well in her debutante ball, even if her attitude indicates her disdain for the move. When Butterscotch calls her curtsy "atrocious", she just laughs.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Overall, she's one to Diane Nguyen of all people: both growing neglected in their homes, attaching themselves to political cause as means to do some good and be important in ways they're not at home, both are the only ones in their families who were capable of doing something and both are let down by their current lives.
    • Even more terrifyingly, with their similar attitudes used for different purposes, she and Princess Carolyn might have more in common than they might think. Both have ties to men who would be lost without them, yet resent their condescending attitude; both are exasperated with their impulsiveness and pride and both have talent on their own that's often overlook. Not to say anything on their sickly attachment to these men.
  • Evil Old Folks: Downplayed. She has mellowed out with age (as it usually happens to people with borderline personality disorder), but she hasn't stopped being toxic. Point in case; She calls BoJack with a sort-of-apology after reading his book and realizing how much she screwed him up, then, with tired weariness, she calmly tells him that as much as he tries, he'll never achieve happiness because he was raised to be that way. Then, she simply asks if he knows the answer to her crossword puzzle. In Season 4 she now has dementia and has mellowed out even more as a result, especially towards Hollyhock, though she'll still make the occasional insult, usually towards “Henrietta” (in reality BoJack). However, Beatrice gives Hollyhock “advice” on how to be thin after Hollyhock sees a photo of Bea from her debutante and exclaims how beautiful she looked, and shortly afterwards she slips weight loss amphetamines into Hollyhock's coffee to “help” her loose weight, although her dementia infected mind and the memories of being criticized for her weight as a child is to blame for this.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: Has some which point to her tired, jaded attitude towards most of the people and things in her life that bother her, her husband and son especially; as well as the burden of raising BoJack and dealing with the bleak reality of the present year after year while letting the rage settle in, fester and creep through all her actions and decisions concerning the little colt.
  • Expy:
    • Evil Matriarch with deep narcissism who refuses to accept responsibility for how screwed her offspring are because of her and whose all consuming bitterness can drain any source of joy or improvement? Ladies and gentleman, here we present you with a equine version of Livia Soprano.
    • If she's stripped to the basics, Beatrice has a big mind for prestige and status, expects her offspring to be up for the task of keeping with her impossible standards and is constantly let down by their dream pursuing, is quite intelligent and ruthless, haunted by her parents' failing and continues to mistreat her son in his adult life. Add nobility, power and titles and you're looking at an equine, female version of Tywin Lannister.
  • The Face: Of the Sugarman Sugar Cubes logo.
  • Face/Heel Double-Turn: Due to their stories running simultaneously, Beatrice's backstory contrasts her son's BoJack's arc. While BoJack undergoes some drastic Character Development and finally crosses the Heroes' Frontier Step through his interactions with Hollyhock, Beatrice's arc has her descent to Selfish Evil from childhood to elder age.
  • Famous Last Words: BoJack goes through the ringer trying to figure them out in "Free Churro". According to BoJack, Beatrice's last words were "I see you." He spends a good part of his speech at her funeral wondering what she could have meant by that, and how only at the very end of her life did she finally acknowledge BoJack for what he was. However, during the same speech, he realizes that they were in the intensive care unit of the hospital, so it was more like "ICU." He's incredulous that, even in death, she wouldn't give him one bit of what he'd always wanted from her.
  • Female Misogynist: Downplayed as it was ingrained within her from the start by her parents and society and she doesn't buy it completely as signified by her willingness to help Henrietta in her pregnancy after some prodding and her encouragement toward her to find a good man and finish her education. Alas, she still believed herself to be a "ruined woman" and held the old fashioned value of not divorcing despite being miserable in her marriage. She also never tasted ice cream, loyal to the principle of "healthy girl snacks" like sugar on lemons, despite wanting to really eat ice cream.
  • Fiction 500: Her Family Business is the profitable Sugarman Sugarcubes Company.
  • The Fog of Ages: Her mind has deteriorated to the point she confuses people from her past with those of the present. Not to say of the random memories popping up without notice or how deeply trenched she is within her mind. "Time's Arrow" makes this point clearer; during her car ride with BoJack on route to a crappy retirement home, her mind drifts from the road to a blank background where she's been driven by her maid Henrietta and then into a flashback of her childhood.
  • Foil: To the rest of the matriarchs of the main characters.
    • To her mother Honey Sugarman. Both were raised during a time where women were expected to look nice, be supportive and not show any emotions, leading them to crumble under pressure when they were unable to handle the Emotion Suppression without any support. The key difference is in the details: Honey lost it because her son CrackerJack died and that made her put Beatrice in peril just to be free of such burdens; Beatrice had a more detailed list of grievances, two of them chief: Honey's subsequent lobotomy and her brother's death, who she wasn't allowed to grieve properly due to seeing the end result. She also kept BoJack at arm's length emotionally, creating a twisted love-hate relationship between them that would haunt both of them for the rest of their lives.
    • Ma Nguyen is her precise foil. Horrible mothers abound in the series, but these two are the most prominent because of their connection to two of the main characters. Both decided a long time ago to punish their offspring for their lives for slightly different reasons: Beatrice had mixed feelings for BoJack — not love per se, but something resembling maternal instinct. Because of her bitterness at life, inability to say "I fucked up" and memories of her mother being done in by her love to her brother (which BoJack resembled somewhat), she never came to love him oscillating between apathy and abuse. Neither she or Butterscotch would join during their abuse of their son, doing it separately. Ma Nguyen would prefer others do the abuse for her: Diane's brothers (and father) would often be happy to oblige, during which Ma would sit back, watch and do nothing, expecting her daughter to accept it and move on. Whenever she'd complain, Ma's response would be "It's your fault", "When have you ever done something for us?" or simply "You're secretly ashamed of us, aren't you?" implying a resentment to woman who could achieve independence from the typical woman role, something Beatrice could surely sympathize with, even if she decided for a different approach with Henrietta. Ma Nguyen never truly hit or bossed Diane but her calm acceptance of the abuse and non-intervention made it just as complicit, even if she'd prefer to frame it otherwise. Beatrice at least wouldn't deny it completely.
    • Superficially, she's got a lot in common with Mother Carolyn, both being drunk matriarchs with not one once of concern for their children and being pretty much responsible for their screwed up psyches. Unlike MC, Beatrice never sunk to levels in which she couldn't function being a Functional Addict, even if she never worked like MC since she was a housewife; there's also the fact MC acted out with neglect, Beatrice, on the other hand, paid attention to her kid by emotional abuse.
    • Mama Peanutbutter would like to meddle in too. For introverted foils, look no further than an analysis of their parenting: MP very methodically expresses positive emotions and thoughts while suppressing all kinds of negative ones; Beatrice was better and worse equipped at the same time: she was honest about her feelings, problem was most of her happiness had died at that point and such she could only express herself through harm and emotional drain.
    • In some sense, she's this to her son, BoJack, as both are bitter, alcoholic, and the victim of some circumstances, however, she never admits her part any of those circumstances nor did she try to rise above them, while the latter learns to (eventually) and spends much of the series trying to be a good person.
  • Forbidden Fruit: Ice-cream. The simple taste of ice-cream was something Beatrice always wanted since she was a youngster and never really got to have. Part of it was the extremely sexist era she grew up with which required her to have a good figure and avoid any fattening, including sugars (the healthy girl snacks come to mind like spreading sugar on a lemon); part was simply being conditioned to never crave it, even in her adulthood, Beatrice never tasted ice-cream away from her family's reach all the way to senility. Her father Joseph also had a hand in this, grooming her to be the perfect bride, he refuses to let her eat anything sugary, lest she gets more flabby than everybody thought she was, so add Weight Woe to her simple desire. She technically did have ice cream once, at the party to celebrate the end of the war she attended with her mother, although she only got two licks out of her frenzy pop before she dropped it due to her mother's meltdown, the meltdown that led to her receiving a lobotomy. Ironically, she could have had a chance to taste it had she married Corbin Creamerman who was the heir to Creamerman's Creamy Cream-Based Commodities, makers of daily products. Her pregnancy stopped that, and there's more than a hint that her resentment about not marrying him has been tied to her being denied the sweets, Beatrice just simply was never allowed to have the sweet things in life. Such is her desire to have tasted it that she's willing to lie herself in a last fake memory provided by BoJack where she has to delude herself further into thinking about its taste, fake as it is.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Former activist in-training, former idealist, former Non-Idle Rich. Alas, all dreams died once she became a wife and mother. Although what really bothers her was never using her skills to such ends, wasting away her intellect in a culturally dead end.
  • For the Evulz: When little BoJack is caught smoking a cig, Beatrice forces him to finish it apparently just as punishment for what he did. However, when he asks whether she's punishing him for stealing or smoking, she retorts she's punishing him for being alive.
  • Freudian Excuse: Season 4 finally shows us what her life was like growing up, with "The Old Sugarman Place" and "Time's Arrow" expanding on it.
    • Her brother died during war, which led to her mother becoming depressed and emotionally unstable, and her father was an insensitive jerk who refused to deal with his wife's emotions and eventually had her lobotomized. Thanks to the lobotomy, her mother didn't notice that Beatrice contracted scarlet fever, which led to her father, after showcasing he still treats his wife like crap despite her mental state, traumatically burning all of her possessions while offhandedly mentioning that she might need to get lobotomized as well if she kept crying. He then proceeded to take a much greater role in her life, trying to steer her down the path of dutiful housewife to an heir to a company that would make a good business partner, including criticizing her weight (along with the popular girls at school), as he takes gratitude in the fact that her swollen throat from scarlet fever can help her loose weight, which leads Beatrice to become severely weight conscious as an adult that she takes weight loss pills in order to keep her slim figure (and to complain about how pregnancy “ruined” her beauty and figure after she has BoJack.
    • When Butterscotch showed up, he charmed her with his rough nature and a line about her resembling his dead mother; in a fit of rebellion, she had a one-night stand with him and ended up pregnant with BoJack. They chose to elope to California, where they believed Butterscotch would find success with his novel, but between the stress of the baby, Butterscotch's lack of talent as a writer, and the disparity between their expectations for their standard of living, the newlyweds slowly grew into the hateful couple that we'd been shown previously.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Her interactions with BoJack and the overall narrative (especially the former) implies her to be a case of this, considering that, while she is sympathetic and the above did,in some way, shape how she became, she's not treated as such by either (until at the end of Time's Arrow).
  • Furry Reminder: The performance Beatrice puts on at her debutante ball has her jumping over hurdles and trotting as though she's in a horse jumping competition. Just to cap off the effect, she blows delicately as she does. It's also pretty much a Take That!/Visual Pun of women being sold as cattle during those balls.
    • When we see her in old age, she gets cataracts, turning her eyes from the standard black to something of a greenish, which is something that happens with aged/ing horses.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: She refused to abort BoJack, although she's far from being nice, and this was mainly due to the trauma of her baby doll being taken from her by her father and burned when she had scarlet fever as a child. While she does encourage Henrietta not to keep her daughter, she does still have her carry Hollyhock to term and give her up for adoption.
  • Good Parents: What she intended to be toward little BoJack when he was born. Sadly, it didn't take long for her to give in to apathy and abuse after the ideal fade away and the real work began.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Bad smoking. She's seen smoking on Flashbacks and she's a horrible mother to BoJack in every single one of them. Tellingly, one of the only times she doesn't have a cigarette in her mouth is in the present, when she's apologizing to BoJack.
  • Granny Classic: In a twisted way, yes. Beatrice's inability to remember anything related to her past for long periods of time surprisingly and to care for herself mellows her out, to the point of being a somewhat decent grandmother to Hollyhock and even a nurturing mother to a plastic doll. This doesn't sit well with BoJack, who remembers Beatrice way too well to believe her change for even a minute, much less humoring her sickness or let anyone believe this is how she always was.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While both Beatrice and Butterscotch share equal blame for what they did to BoJack (as detailed above), Beatrice still retained a large influence in him. While Butterscotch did abuse BoJack he seemed somewhat indifferent to him, whereas Beatrice made it clear to BoJack that he ruined her life, would constantly put him down and make him feel worthless, and that he must do great things to make up for all he's done, despite that when he does succeed, it's never good enough for her, factors that contributed to BoJack's need for fame and validation, and his own addictions and depression. Her continuous nagging and pressure over him played just as much part as the dual toxicness of her marriage with Butterscotch.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Gender Flipped. Due to dementia, she's reduced to this during season 4, switching between sarcastic, apathetic and clueless. That's not to say she wasn't already this, but she used to be far worse.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Season 4 reveals that Beatrice secretly liked Horsin' Around more than she let on; bragging to everyone in the retirement home that that's the show her son is on, and joyously laughing at every line. She just felt she shouldn't like it since it wasn't up to the high standards her classical tastes and education dictated she should enjoy, nor the impossibly high standards she felt BoJack should aspire to after all the "sacrifice" she put in to raise him.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Spiteful, abrasive, verbally abusive, and one of the two main culprits for BoJack's arrested development, Beatrice's status as a horrible mother and horse person in and out of universe is most certainly intentional. Season 4 reveals that her toxic and cruel personality was the result of a similarly horrible childhood, but while it does engender some sympathy and understanding from the audience it's clear that her terrible treatment of Bojack was in no way acceptable or justified.
    • In-Universe, she's this to BoJack and Butterscotch: with BoJack it's way more complicated since he's got love and hatred for her all the same; Butterscotch just loathed being married to her and would often find excuses to simply avoid talking to her as much as he could later in life.
  • Hates Small Talk: Beatrice wants to talk, but to talk about important issues, things that stimulate the mind and critical thinking, not just about any kind of event. Living with people interested talking only about the latter without any concern for the former has created a low tolerance for her to take into account others' trivial matters no matter how much emotional importance they may hold for someone. Joining the school's football club, for example.
  • Heel Realization: After reading BoJack's memoirs, she calls him up to apologize for being a horrible parent as well as the fact that he was genetically predestined to be a miserable wreck.
    • A flashback in "Time's Arrow" implied she realized she was pushing her son away after she berated him like usual and he curtly replied, "Thanks for the painting. It'll be nice to always have this conversation," only for her worst traumatic memories of her life to come flooding back, and she numbed herself with a deep drag of her cigarette to keep the damn from bursting. She never reconciled with her son.
  • Heir Club for Men: Her father Joseph most likely intended for her brother CrackerJack to inherit the company. For Beatrice, though, he always made sure to groom her into a stunning beauty and get her married to a "Columbia man". Even when CrackerJack dies, he remains undeterred about this plan, even when Beatrice shows the needed skills to run the company herself. This only adds more to the pile of resentments between father and daughter.
  • Helpful Hallucination: Averted. She only appears twice in "Downer Ending": once in an Imagine Spot of BoJack and another in BoJack's drug trip. She doesn't fare well at either of these.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Twice post-disillusionment Beatrice tries to do the right thing; 1) she helps out Henrietta with the condition of her giving up her baby, hoping to stop history from repeating itself and 2) she gives Hollyhock supplements to ensure she loses weight since she thinks it's not good when women are chubby. Result; 1) Henrietta ends up making it as a nurse in Minneapolis, well adjusted but with the pain of never knowing her daughter and essentially being forced to see her be given for adoption. Flipside; Hollyhock, Henrietta's daughter, ends up searching for her 17 years later, desperate for some connection and with the fear of not knowing why she was given for adoption. 2) Beatrice slips the pills in Hollyhock's coffee without her knowledge or consent and the constant consumption causes her to collapse a few months later.
  • Hidden Depths: For all her flaws, season four reveals that she was very intelligent. She even graduated from Barnard College, even though her father only sent her there to find a husband.
  • History Repeats: She ended up becoming a miserable person after having a horrible childhood. Her abuse of Bojack during his childhood is a big part his own misery.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: As a little girl, Beatrice was bullied for being "fat" by Clemelia Bloodsworth and her gaggle, although she seems to be at a normal weight for an elementary aged little girl, albeit a little chubby. Her father apparently told her she was just growing, although later on he shows optimism that her swollen throat from her scarlet fever could help her lose weight. Incidents like this lead Beatrice to develop Weight Woe that continues into young adulthood, as she relies on over the counter "pretty pills" to keep her slim figure.
  • Honor-Related Abuse: An interesting variation. After getting pregnant and cast off from the former rich life she had, Beatrice believes that no matter what BoJack does to make up for it, it will always come short of what he "did" to her, which in her mind gives her free rein to push him and exploit his talents in order to encourage him to achieve greatness and truly redeem himself as a good son who overcame being born out of wedlock and enslaved dear ol' Mom into mothering, thus giving him worth and returning her the worth she lost with her unexpected "with calf" condition.
  • Honorary Uncle: By virtue of not being Hollyhock's biological grandmother, yet still being called "Grammy Gram" by her. An unintentional example, since at that point neither is aware of the true lineage.
  • Hope Crusher: Ironic considering her name; Beatrice herself had seen her dreams die slowly through the years, so this gave her justification enough to destroy others' as well. Husband and son were just the closest victims, but any poor sap who came near would get owned as well. The only exception was Henrietta, due to Psychological Projection.
  • Housewife: Reduced to this later in life, after marrying Butterscotch and having BoJack, much to her displeasure, as this title is exactly what her father and society wanted her to be, and what she originally strived to avoid. Of course, she still had a grip on those unfortunate enough to enter her reach.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: From daughter of the Sugarman Family the only successor of the family one of the most desired debutantes of her time a disgraced pregnant woman an unsatisfied housewife an old woman with a lot of regrets a senile with dementia, crazy old woman without any riches, loved ones and with an increasingly tenuous grasp on reality that never achieved anything she dreamed of and memories of trauma and regret.
  • Hysterical Woman: Sneakier example. Beatrice wouldn't raise her voice often, having given in to indifference a long time ago. But when something threatened to meddle in her life, she'd cranked up the passive-aggressiveness in the tone of her voice. No need to scream at the top of her lungs, just ego-cutting and occasional yelling about how disappointing it is to live with an uncultured horseman like Butterscotch who can't even appreciate saucer plates. As season 4 reveals, this was a side effect of her horrid childhood: being unable to find a proper outlet for her overwhelming emotions regarding her brother's death and her mother's lobotomy and fearing ending up like the latter if she did, Beatrice developed passive aggressiveness and sharp wit as a weapon to release pressure. Of course, as years go by, the remarks have become more venomous as a result of buying into her propaganda: she can no longer express herself through anything that's not resentment.

  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Against her father's wishes, she went ahead and finished university at Barnard, getting a Bachelors degree in the process. Still, getting pregnant, married and out of any career prospects, Beatrice can't help but lament all of that wasted talent.
  • Idiot Houdini: The reason why Beatrice is never punished for accidentally poisoning Hollyhock and making BoJack's childhood and life miserable? She's suffering from dementia and as such there's no point in trying to pin the blame on her, since she doesn't even remember doing half of those things. Her screwed mind and decay is punishment enough. BoJack does find the absolute worst room in a retirement home he can for her instead of caring for at home after he finds out what she did to Hollyhock, though.
  • Idle Rich: After growing up. Having your spirit broken by life'll do that to you.
  • I Have No Son!: After a faulty choir solo in school, Beatrice pretended not to know BoJack, much less taking him home after the presentation. This almost led BoJack to have a Near-Rape Experience when the professor he carpooled with tried to touch him. When BoJack made it home unscathed, Beatrice replied "Huh. I guess no one wants you."
  • Ill Girl: Fell sick to scarlet fever during her youth, which led to the traumatic burning of her toys and stuff in a ruthless gambit to avoid any spreading of the disease.
  • Impoverished Patrician: She was the heiress to the Sugarman Sugarcube company, before getting pregnant with Bojack, and as so lived in wealthy conditions. Joseph, her father, wanted to marry her off to Corbin Creamerman, the heir to Creamerman's Cream Based Commodities, so that the two companies could merge and profits would increase. However, after running off with Butterscotch to California after he impregnates her, and after he refuses a well paying job for her father and works at a fish cannery for low income while he puts off writing his novel (and anything he does write is rejected), Beatrice is reduced to living in an average house with crumbling walls and shoddy furniture, and in general having to live a middle class lifestyle where she couldn't afford any luxuries and had to do chores such as cleaning, cooking, and caring for her "filthy child" all by herself without maids or nannies. Butterscotch does eventually accept the job offer from Joseph Sugarman, and Beatrice is shown to redecorate the living room with better wallpaper and nicer furniture and paintings. She is also shown to have belonged to a supper club, so she may have still retained some social prestige along with the family's higher income. By the time of her father's death, Sugarman's Sugar was sold to Japanese conglomerates. BoJack also reveals in Season 5 that Butterscotch frittered away the last of her inheritance and left her with crippling debts after his death, forcing her to sell the house and fancy jewelry and move into a retirement home, which is where she lives when the series proper begins.
  • Indifferent Beauty: Growing up, Beatrice never cared for making herself presentable to society or her disarming gorgeousness and desirable figure toward suitors like Corbin, rolling her eyes when he tells her she “looks nice” for the hundredth time, or Butterscotch, instead spending her time reading, discussing political issues and favorite authors and spouting one-liners toward people that annoyed her. Partly done because of her deep-rooted desire to snap at her father, partly because she didn't want to inhabit such empty world. Deconstructed later in her life: turns out, without anything to look forward in life beyond raising a son and being married to a prideful deadbeat, and the fact that society and her father and peers put so much worth and pressure on her to keep up said looks and figure growing up, Beatrice held on the one thing she thought she had left: image, the one thing that was slipping away, which she blames on BoJack.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Beatrice made others feel miserable and like less of equals because she herself was miserable and felt the lesser one.
  • Informed Deformity: She has complained about having lost her beauty after having BoJack, but she never looks any worse for wear other than a few wrinkles. This only makes her seem like a hypocritical horrible mother especially saying it to her son, and it's made especially tragic when flashbacks reveal It's the Principle of the Thing: she was taught, as early as when she was a child nonetheless, a woman only had value for her body with society confirming it. Thinking pregnancy left her Defiled Forever, she can't help but parrot what society has been telling her.
  • Innocence Lost: Beatrice's childhood was a normal one with a loving (if retrograde) family and a good future in the way, until World War II occurs. His brother, naïve and idealistic as he was, signed up for draft thinking it would only be a few months of "pints and killing Nazis" until it does him in. Her mother, Honey, lost her sanity and inability to cope without her beloved baby colt and was lobotomized as a result. This, coupled with the realization that each of their parents were capable of putting her in peril when pressed (Honey got hammered and made a complete spectacle in front of her little daughter and later coerced little Bea to drive since she was drunk, even forcing her to drive faster without regards for her safety causing a car crash; her father lobotomizing her after the fact and keeping her in line to be a model woman though the hanging threat of doing the same to her and didn't care for her beyond what she could offer as a woman) exposed her to the cruelness of the world at such a tender age and made Beatrice trade her misplaced optimism for an acidic armor.
  • Iron Lady: Evil variant. Determined, no-nonsense and unwilling to take anyone's shit. Too bad she's a malevolent, misanthropic woman who drains everyone's happiness.
  • Insanity Defense: Invoked. Beatrice's brain has been atrophied by senile dementia and as such has barely any idea of where she's or what she's doing half of the time beyond the simplest functions like making coffee which as Hollyhock's overdosing shows can still be like playing Russian Roulette. As such, BoJack realizes the hard (and infuriating) way that placing any guilt in Beatrice's hand no matter how justified is a moot point.
  • Interclass Romance: Deconstructed. For specifics, see above in the General folder. Only thing of notice: old habits die hard, even more if your lifestyle can't be replicated by your partner.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Returning from university with a Bachelor's Degree instead of a bachelor like her father wanted left her intellectually unfulfilled in her shallow high society life. This drew her to the seemingly subversive ideas of inspiring writer, Butterscotch Horseman. Part of why she's so bitter in the present is that she feels she's Surrounded by Idiots, unable to find intellectually stimulating conversation with anyone.
  • Internalized Categorism: Or "Internalized Misogyny." For how much she tried to rebel against her father's "old-fashioned ideas" of what a woman should be, being endlessly harrassed by her mother, father, and high society about a woman's only worth being in her looks, thinness, and place beside a man her whole life caused her to abuse diet pills and avoid ice cream her whole life, and refuse to divorce Butterscotch because she felt BoJack "ruined" her body and no one else would have her. See Female Misogynist.
  • Ironic Name: "Beatrice" comes from Latin, meaning bringer of joy. Heh, heheheheh, hahahahahahaHAHAHHAHA, HahahahahhahahahahahahahHAHAHAHAHHHA.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Just like her son inherited self-loathing and deep issues by virtue of her soul-crushing maternity, this was the main trait she passed to him. Beatrice believes that due to how a mistake pulled the rug under her future, her actions, as long as they involve "repairing" that mistake (raising BoJack for one purpose only, being the best as to make up for the pain she went through), are acceptable, even righteous. Anything short of perfection is just unacceptable: after all, she raised him; why could he not? A family sitcom? How disgraceful! How could he think this achievement of his, the one he worked out of his own will, would please her? Why does he thinks she should be proud? He's just a clown, short of what Beatrice expected of him. And even after all he's gone through, maybe she should apologize and remind him of his brokenness and how sorry she is...he was raised that way.
    • It's also deconstructed in her relationships: there's no way she's going to back up an inch when arguing with other people, being as stubborn as she is, but her constant putdowns, dismissal of other feelings and complete belief in her ideas, actions and measures being the right thing to do has caused several people to resent her. She's also very miserable due to her lack of a healthy relationship and loneliness, but too self-absorbed and convinced of her own propaganda to make a change.
  • It's the Principle of the Thing: She frequently complains her body and beauty were ruined because of BoJack's birth. There's nothing truly wrong with her, it's just that from her perspective, she has been Defiled Forever and so she sees herself as "ruined" no matter what.
  • I've Come Too Far: Looking back in her relationship with BoJack, Beatrice seems remorseful of the way she's treated him but from her perspective, she can't afford to open up since the flood of traumas would come down upon her and crush what's left standing, so she prefers to keep chill around her son, even if she knows he'll continue resenting her.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Both Played for Drama and Played Straight —she's bitter about how she looks now, and uses it to guilt her young son. "You know, I was beautiful before I got pregnant."
    • However, as seen in "Time's Arrow" she was prettier and slightly thinner as a young adult be fore she had Bojack. Characters in the present day, such as Hollyhock and Eddie, have even agree on this when they see pictures of her from that point in her life, commenting that she is “very attractive” and “was so beautiful”, respectively. However, six years after Bo Jack's birth, years filled with bitterness, heavy smoking and drinking, and having to care for a child have likely taken a bit of a toll on her, and she looks like how we've seen her since Season 1, albeit she’s not completely unattractive aside from wrinkles under her eyes and is still thin despite her figure being only a bit wider.
    • Her smoking and heavy drinking are implied to have also “ruined” her looks, although she'd much rather blame it on BoJack.
    • This also relates to Beatrice growing up in a misogynist upbringing and society which implanted the mindset that a woman's looks were very important to her, and as such Beatrice was pressured to stay thin and pretty by her father and peers, even taking pills to do so. When this was slightly hindered by the aforementioned factors, she believed she was "ruined" and became bitter about it as her looks continued to fade as she became elderly, continued her bad habits, and succumbed to dementia.
  • Jerkass: Her wealthy upbringing and haughty demeanor are just the icing in the cake. She's got a tight grip in Butterscotch, knowing exactly where to hurt his ego and talks quite openly about things that would be better be kept under wraps in front of the kids. Manipulative also doesn't even begin to describe her attitude towards other people's feelings.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • As soul crushing and full of despair as her speech about emptiness is for BoJack in "Brand New Couch", Beatrice is correct in pointing out that no matter how he tries to fill the void with projects and attitude, they're just band aids over the wound, even if her mindset points toward resigning rather than try to make a break out of it.
    • When Butterscotch tries to deflect blame for Henrietta's pregnancy as Beatrice's fault for not "fulfilling her wifely duties", Beatrice rightfully calls him out on this not being a real excuse for his infidelity. She has made him feel less, curse and spit on his name, not to say of their marriage devolving into a sexless one but he had a saying in all of this and could have left at any moment instead of staying and preferring to blame everything on her.
    • She bemoans that Henrietta's weeping over her dire situation after getting pregnant with Hollyhock and not having any other prospectives to raise her desired baby leaves her with not a lot of choices isn't gonna do her any favors. She's as insensitive as usual, but she's not wrong.
    • She calls out her decision to raise the baby by herself foolish as she has seen in the flesh how such ideal doesn't hold up and will lead her to act bitter and self-centered toward her child. Of course, she sees it more as a favor to her since she'd have her dreams crushed and would never achieve her true potential, not thinking about the child for one second, but she's not wrong.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Make no mistake, the "jerk" part overshadows the "heart of gold" part and as part of herself, the heart became of tin in later years. That said, in her teenage years, she did show traits of this trope all the way to a young adult.
    • Despite her many traumas and reasonable anger at people in her life because of their part in her traumatic childhood, Beatrice still grew up to be a decent, if sassy mare with plenty of prospectives, a keen social grasp of Beat culture, concerned about activism (especially the Civil Rights Movement) and social injustices (she cared for poor people and welfare) and far removed from most of her vapid acquaintances' superficiality.
    • This aspect of hers is especially notable in her interactions with Joseph and her (failed) fiance to be Corbin; with the first, she can't help but call him out on the way he dismisses important issues like political assassinations and the needs of common people or how retrograde and out of touch he is to run the company the same way with the changing times; the second, she's bored to death with his talks at detail about the Creamerman Ice Cream company but she defends him when he's indirectly insulted by Clamelia Bloodsworth, she tried her best to be polite to him (eventually starting to show affection toward him) and admits he's not boring himself even if she was snarky about it.
    • While her good side mostly disappeared after BoJack's birth, she still tried to help and support Henrietta, even if she had to be Cruel to Be Kind. However, her methods might not have been the best. See Not Quite the Right Thing below.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Most of the time. Beatrice became a cold woman as an adult and the few times she had the opportunity to show a little compassion, she bared her heart of tin.
    • She makes BoJack a birthday breakfast……which just consists of an omelet she made because he asked her. This after having a verbal sparring with Butterscotch about infidelity from his part and refusal of abortion from hers.
    • Upon catching BoJack smoking one of her cigarettes, she forces him to finish it. Why? It's a good cigarette, he shouldn't be a quitter and he has to be punished for stealing, smoking and existing. When he starts crying, Beatrice chastises him telling him to "ever cry" in front of anyone and as the cherry on top, she laments he can't even smoke right when he starts coughing.
    • She decries BoJack for attempting to join the football tryouts due to safety reasons since she doesn't think he has what it takes and is too puny to do it, insisting he'll only be tossed around, knocked out and put a pathetic show in front of everyone.
    • During their visit in season 4, BoJack tells Hollyhock a story of one of her biggest Kick the Dog moments: When he put on a middling choir performance, Beatrice left BoJack at the school ground to get back home through his own means, pretending not to know him. Carpooling with a teacher who liked to "tickle more than the ivories", BoJack escaped without any scratches, got back home and told his mother everything, which made her remark:
      Beatrice: Huh, I guess nobody wants you.
  • Kick the Dog: Her spare hobby, played like a professional.
  • Kick the Morality Pet:
    • She basically did this to BoJack his whole life: it's heavily implied Beatrice actually loved him, but because of the circumstances he brought, her memory of her mother and brother and her inability to deal with her emotions and resentment, she spent most of his life treating him like shit.
    • Beatrice was poisoning Hollyhock's coffee with weight loss drugs because of her belief of her needing to lose weight to the point that Hollyhock overdosed on them. Once BoJack finds out, he abandoned all pretenses of wanting to reconcile with his mother and stuck her in a crappier nursing home.
    • Even before that, Beatrice would subtly do this by confusing BoJack with her maid Henrietta and giving him demands left and right to be carried out to the letter in front of Hollyhock. Given that Hollyhock is Henrietta's daughter and Beatrice does recognize who Hollyhock is, she's basically humiliating Henrietta in front of her daughter, despite having previously shown Henrietta enough compassion to help her out during the pregnancy.
  • Killed Off for Real: She dies in season 5, with her funeral eulogy being a plot point in the final episodes.
  • Lack of Empathy: She doesn't exactly care what her son wants in life, all that Beatrice cares about is herself. Not even reading about her monstrous actions can make her give in even a little bit.
  • Lady Drunk: Oh, yes. She really enjoys it.
  • Last of Her Kind: Well, BoJack is part of the Sugarman family but Beatrice is the remaining member of the original line of descent. Unless BoJack has an actual child, the Sugarman parentage may be on its way out.
  • Laughably Evil: Sometimes, her abuse of BoJack goes through Cerebus Syndrome to unfunny levels. Others, it was Played for Laughs.
  • Lean and Mean: Eye for details, Beatrice grew with society expecting her to be as thin as possible. As an adult and later elder, she's got a bit more waist since BoJack's birth and is quite the bitch.
  • Let Them Die Happy: At the end of Time's Arrow, BoJack resolves to do this to her (as she won't live very long) and tells her that they're in her old summer home, listening to her brother playing the piano and eating ice-cream.
  • A Lighter Shade of Gray: Initially. She was a sass-mouth in her younger years but miles more decent than Clamelia Bloodsworth, who she despised.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Regardless of her better efforts. Most of the steps Beatrice has takes have come from a subconscious fear of ending up like her mother Honey: depressed enough over loving someone too much to the point of being unable to live without that person and without any idea or sense of where she was. At the end of her life, not only has Beatrice committed the exact opposite mistakes as her mother to the point of her offspring resenting her, but she has now succumbed to dementia leaving her completely clueless to where she is at all times. Two different paths, yet both lead down the same road.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: A flashback to her days in private school show that the was quite an outcast, being bullied by other girls for being "fat".
  • Loss of Identity: Gradually between Season 2 and Season 4, as befits a dementia-riddled old woman. By the time BoJack and Hollyhock visit her, she barely bears any resemblance to the toxic woman she used to be.
  • Love Epiphany: Initially, she had nothing but mild boredom and pity for Corbin Creamerman, believing him to be a dweeb with no spine who was being coerced into chaperoning her and later marrying her. However, after a walk in the park where Corbin shows himself to be far more attentive and with a more progressive mind than most of Beatrice's acquaintances, she identifies and sympathizes with him more and more until he takes off his glasses and reveals his grand, beautiful eyes. Being a flashback, Beatrice's mind responds to the memory by making the colors of the scene more vivid and lively as to signify the swift change of Beatrice's perception of Corbin. Even after her pregnancy and marriage, Beatrice still remembers that moment and sustains he was "the one".
  • Loving a Shadow:
    • Strange maternal example. In Season 4 the now-senile Beatrice becomes very smitten with a doll that she thinks is a "baby," coddling and cooing over it, which BoJack finds quite offensive since she was never that affectionate with him. We find out in a late season four flashback episode that her father threw her dolly, which she considered her "baby," in the fire when she was a little girl. When she got pregnant with BoJack, she refused to give up her baby because she was scarred from losing her doll. However, reality ensued when she endured the pain of childbirth and learned the hard way that real babies are crying, screaming, fussy work. It seems Beatrice loved the idea of having a baby, but only as long as it's as quiet and needless as a doll. The real thing will never measure up.
    • Even to this day, she's implied to miss her older brother CrackerJack. She just wasn't able to properly grieve due to the chaos back home at the time and the fact she wasn't expected to be overt about her feelings at all. Hell, it's implied one of the reasons she can't be that close to BoJack is, beyond knowing what happened to her mother and thinking of him as one of her greatest failures, is that he is a Replacement Goldfish for him.
    • Played With with her possible relationship with Corbin Creamerman. She'd claim he wouldn't have treated her the way Butterscotch does — oh, no, he would have been kind and generous and would have pampered her. There are no claims to the contrary; hell, given what we've seen of him, Corbin'd been that much of a good guy. But it's also just another excuse for Beatrice to dream of a better future in which she avoided marrying Butterscotch and still had the baby.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Once she moves back to BoJack's with Hollyhock. She's so out of it and does nothing but talk that she's treated like a Living Prop by her son. This makes it easier for everybody to miss her filling the coffee with amphetamines and giving it to Hollyhock...
  • The Masochism Tango: Her entire relationship with Butterscotch. They're miserable together but neither of them would allow the other to be happy any other way but theirs. Woe may befall if they found out any signs of disrupt or soul-searching elsewhere. The least said about their toxic co-dependence and influence, the better.
  • Maternally Challenged: She wasn't the best mom, saying the least.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: In her mind, a younger Beatrice still sees her current day self reflected back in mirrors.
  • Misplaced Retribution:
    • Got your life ruined by your brother's death, your mother's lobotomy, your father's dismissal of you as anything other than a placeholder and your husband's pride forcing you to live like a peasant? Blame it on the closest victim you've got: that little foal you gave birth to!
    • While her father is the source of most of her grievances and traumas and she rightful calls him out every time he speaks or does anything, Beatrice never really outright blames him for the truly horrific things he has done, accepting them as the awful truths of life rather than condoned abuse through a machismo way of thinking. Even then, she places the entirety of fault onto Joseph's lap, which would be understandable if she didn't ignore Honey's contribution due to her breakdown. True, it's more understandable from her part and Joseph's neglect partly drove her to madness but still when it's someone's impulse to drink, make out by force with one of her sons' army friends and cause a car crash in which her underage daughter was driving, it's still their responsibility to take.
  • Mock Millionaire: Even after apparently losing most of the family's fortune, Beatrice always made a big deal of her status as Old Money to her friends whenever they'd encounter at social gatherings. She would even make little BoJack sing for them "The Lollipop Song" to keep appearances, guilt-tripping him to act by way of emotional blackmail.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: And more intelligent and savvier and cruel: Butterscotch might have been The Patriarch of the Horseman family, but it's clear that all Beatrice needed to bend him to her will was use a few cruel words, point out how he was fucking up in a way he wouldn't be able to offer a rebuttal and wait for his common sense to trump his pride as he slowly withered away. She also had a grasp on how things worked and her tongue only sharpened year after year. It says something that out of the two, Beatrice is the one corrupting influence that BoJack's unable to let go of and the one mainly keeping him from progressing.
  • Morning Sickness: How Beatrice was clued into realizing that apparently innocent sex-capade with that scoundrel Butterscotch hit bullseye. Shame it happened during a morning stroll with Corbin and just as Beatrice was starting to see Corbin in a new light. Corbin certainly didn't see it coming.
  • Mother Makes You King: Invoked. Beatrice, being the Drama Queen she was, often held BoJack to high standards about his future, hoping her actions would ensure he would become someone of importance and validate his existence to her and the world. However, no matter what he would accomplish, she would never give him some credit since it wasn't her version of greatness. even years later, she always accompanies him in spirit, by often goading him to higher purposes as a catalyst for his worst impulses and ambitions.
  • MRS Degree: Joseph Sugarman is not shy about expressing his disappointment in Beatrice for actually graduating from college, name dropping this trope as his preferred outcome.
  • Must Have Nicotine: Every time she's shown, she has a cigarette on her mouth and she's rarely (if ever) seen without it. She doesn't have one anymore in the present.
  • My Greatest Failure: Just like slights, Beatrice collects this like a madwoman. Interestingly, these feed into her black hole magnetism and avoiding such events to occur again with other people have only created bigger problems.
    • Not getting to apply her college degree on anything.
    • Giving in society's expectations of her as a simple housewife.
    • Not marrying Corbin Creamerman despite being a much better choice. This ties into her growing resentment of her husband Butterscotch as she can't help comparing him with Corbin and realize how much better off she could have been married with him and how much she regrets choosing Butterscotch over him.
    • Rebelling without any aims or consideration of the consequences and getting pregnant.
    • Keeping the baby who would become BoJack. Of course, this would later lead her to abuse BoJack as an emotional outlet when the little foal had no control over his birth.
    • Marrying Butterscotch despite barely knowing him, deluded by the unachievable dreams both had of their future.
    • Staying with him long after their relationship had become anything other than toxic, just because she was taught about the sanctity of marriage and how it trumped over any personal desires and emotions.
    • Letting her emotions destroy the people around her.
    • Not doing anything about the budding relationship between Butterscotch and Henrietta until he had gotten her pregnant.
    • Not doing anything nice for Bojack beyond token, bare efforts that quickly devolved into insults and blame-shifting.
    • Living her life the way she did and being unable to fix it.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: The entire Framing Device of "Time's Arrow". As Beatrice is being driven by BoJack to her last nursing home she'll ever reside in (and the worst he could find, nonetheless), Beatrice's mind drifts into a recount of her own life to clarify How We Got Here (and because of her dementia). She doesn't die however unless you count her Death of Personality as a more metaphorical death or the fact that these are implied to be her last lucid moments.
  • Narcissist: While her son can be considered a more classical example of this disorder, Beatrice is a tad more difficult to pin down: there are certainly shades of her behavior that fit in classical territory with her overinflated ego, her deep sense of resentment and entitlement, unwillingness to let go of grudges and even adding some paranoid and clingy attitude in romance, regardless of attachment. However, there are also "amorous", "elitist", "compensatory" and even "fanatic" characteristics surrounding her: withholding love from her son unless he makes her proud, believing herself to be a victim of circumstances due to her pregnancy and fall from nobility while mistreating the ones she believes are responsible, holding a tight grip on Butterscotch and BoJack by means of insults, obsessive behavior and accusations of cheating, pretending to be rich and keep a certain life style in front of her peers and friends. Good luck identifying more than that, because she can be very covert about them. An easier way to classify her would be a combination of all styles of a Narcissist except "unprincipled" and even that's stretching it.
  • Never My Fault: She's very good at shifting blame; true is that she ended up in a bad position simply out of rotten luck, that's still no justification for redirecting the hatred to her young son, no matter how many times she excuses it as "ensuring the mistake is repaired". And while there's no confirmation, the sex romp between Beatrice and Butterscotch was supposed to be consensual, yet it's supposed to be BoJack's who made the mistake.
    • Played for Drama and deconstructed in "Brand New Couch": Having realized that BoJack's disastrous upbringing was her and Butterscotch's fault, Beatrice calls him to apologize EXCEPT....she doesn't admit outright to any wrong doing herself, instead apologizing for BoJack growing up into a broken individual. She manages to admit to part of the fault as long as she can carefully structured it to not implicate herself. Even when she's apologizing, she can't help but turn the blame to her son. Beatrice may know it was her fault, she may feel she needs to apologize, she may even feel remorse over it but she can't say it. She can't admit it. At the end of the day, her boiled resentment and perspective has warped her to the point where even her apologies are condescending.
    • Season 4 deconstructs her behavior further by implying that she can't accept blame or learn to improve herself because that would mean facing all the damage that's been done to herself and her family.
  • Nice Girl: When she was a little filly - she was cheerful, kind and loved her parents and older brother. When she grew up, however....
  • Nightmare Face: In the season 4 trailer, and for good reason - she was screaming horror because BoJack had thrown a "baby" (actually a doll) off his balcony to spite her.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Despite being the Arc Villain for BoJack in season 4, Beatrice never really has any influence on anyone or does anything truly horrible besides accidentally poisoning Hollyhock. The true antagonist is BoJack's memories of her and how her presence affects him one way or the other.
  • Non-Idle Rich: As a young mare, Beatrice was more interested in social causes and the upcoming women revolution than any alternatives her empty life could offer. Come adulthood, it didn't take long of her to become the opposite.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Inverted and downplayed. While her intelligence and craftiness was always above those near her, Beatrice, like Butterscotch, often thought herself as a misunderstood genius, someone with the capability of making a change in the world. Once out of her bubble, Beatrice was chained to Butterscotch and a yet-to-be-born BoJack, while still believing she could juggle it with her dreams and the world would give her a chance based on her studies and knowledge rather than merits. Then she found out she was Unfit for Greatness and all went to hell.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Played for Drama. "Time's Arrow" reveals that this is how she handled the birth of BoJack and Hollyhock. When she was a little filly, her father callously ripped her doll from her arms and threw it in the fire due to her Scarlet Fever. Being a little girl, she felt just as devastated as if he'd killed her actual baby. When she got pregnant with BoJack, she chose to keep him because she feared that losing this baby would hurt as much as losing her first "baby." However, in the long run this proved to be a mistake since real babies are hard work and she resented BoJack for "ruining" her figure and her life. When Beatrice's maid Henrietta became pregnant with Butterscotch's baby and considered keeping her, Beatrice projected her own disappointment in keeping BoJack onto Henrietta and coerced her into putting her baby up for adoption. When Henrietta gave birth, Beatrice went so far as to take her baby without even letting her hold her first, having now forgotten her own trauma when her father took her own 'baby' from her when she was little. In both cases Beatrice meant well, but it wasn't quite the right thing to do.
  • Not with Them for the Money: Deconstructed. Beatrice ended married to Butterscotch in spite of being of a lower status than her and not being able to provide her with the luxuries and attention she was accustomed, it's even occasionally implied there may have been some actual love between them pre-tying the knot. However, the main reason why she married him was because of an unexpected impregnation and the social norms back then looking down in a single woman conceiving outside matrimony, much less a high-class heiress like Beatrice. Once consummated, Butterscotch's incapability of providing Beatrice any kind of opulence and her flaunting of riches souring her husband proved to be major problems in their relationship.

  • Offing the Offspring: According to BoJack in "Fish Out Of Water", she tried to drown him in the bathtub when he was 22. Why she attempted to do it is never revealed but knowing Beatrice, nothing her son does is out of the table.
  • Ojou: Respected, refined, sharp as a tack and top bachelorette due to her high status.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Her mane ringlets at the sides add to her aristocratic status. More so when she was younger and the Sugarman Sugar company actually had money and not just prestige.
  • Old Money: Her family line always had wealth with their company of sugar cubes. While they might have initially come from a humble origin, at the point where Beatrice meets Butterscotch, it's clear their fortune goes way back in generations. Of course, by the end of it, she's more of an Impoverished Patrician and the factory implied to have long since closed.
  • One Bad Mother: Bonus points for people only seldom referring to her as "Beatrice" and when interacting together, BoJack continues calling her "Mother".
  • Opportunistic Bastard: If BoJack's word is to be believed, Beatrice once called him just to ask him (and force him) to give her a blood transfusion at some point.
  • Parents as People: There are shreds of humanity spread all over Beatrice Horseman, buried in resentment and snobbery. When talking to him in the present, there's a sense of guilt and regret over the way she treated BoJack and the way she and Butterscotch made him and each other miserable.
  • Parents Know Their Children: A dark version of the trope. When BoJack is stuck in limbo during Secretariat 's shoot thanks to his attempts to acquire a new outlook in life clashing with his normal moody state fitting his portrayal of Secretariat. Having read One Trick Pony and having some vague idea of the project he's working in as of that moment, Beatrice calls him and half-heartedly apologizes before admitting to him that the rot he might be trying to root out himself might be hereditary, which she regrets passing down to him. Likewise, she, through a ruthless Sherlock Scan, pinpoints BoJack's ambivalence toward his redemption and simply reminds him that as far as she knows, who he is cannot be course-corrected by any means, instead papering it with rousing speeches and empty life philosophies that will never fix him. In short, Beatrice states he's broken, he can't do a lot to improve in that camp and she knows it because she raised him herself to be that way.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: A master at this. Oh, yeah, she could tell you exactly why she's mad at you but where's the fun in that? Why not elaborate a build-up listing all the ways you are an unfit human being and have no talent or excuse for the things you do and then tell you the reason why she's mad at you? Turns out, this wit was no mistake on her part; growing in a world where one wrong word could deem her as too much of a liability, she had to develop some kind of subterfuge to survive and express herself, shame she can no longer express any happy thoughts.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: Inverted and deconstructed. After eloping to San Francisco, Beatrice expected to still be subjected to the many luxuries she'd grown accustomed to in her life, but faced a harsh reality check when she became a housewife in a rinky-dink house with low income, no parties and just a plain lifestyle. Eventually, knowing where she came from and having to hobnob with the riffraff she had so desperately wanted to help without the benefit of knowing herself better than them made her increasingly disillusioned about her ideals and who she expected to be.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Had Beatrice and Corbin gotten to know each other better and married, it's implied this is what the end result would have been. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Her default expression, mainly after Bojack was born. She's stuck in grudges, narcissism and her own unhappiness to even consider a fake smile, not even during a family picture. She's that unhappy.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When she's talking to Henrietta and convincing her to not have the child, it's practically the only time we ever see her show any kind of empathy or warmth towards someone else as an adult, with her imploring the girl not to make the same mistake she did and even offering to pay for her education as long as she gives up the baby.
    • Even if it's somewhat twisted, Beatrice is quite nice to Hollyhock once she meets her. This is notable, since she's basically the bastard daughter of her husband and her maid, so being who she is, one would think she'd be furious. But she treats her well and never once blames her for her parents' actions, showing at least some awareness and desire to make it right. Of course, this is accompanied with some Kick the Morality Pet moments. Just look above.
    • When she's stricken with severe dementia and doesn't recognize BoJack anymore, we see that she actually did enjoy watching Horsin' Around and bragged to the others in the nursing home that her son was the star, but she never admitted this to BoJack willingly because it was a "dumb show" that starred her perceived disappointment of a son, so she decided she wasn't allowed to show enjoyment for it.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy:
    • Her tentative courtship by Corbin Creamerman initially fails because Corbin is way too meek and shy for the spirited, strong-willed and stubborn Beatrice. Only when he starts showing some initiative and vision for Creamerman Ice Cream does Beatrice starts seeing him differently.
    • Over time, her relationship with Butterscotch is revealed to be this, although more of the Never a Self-Made Woman dates a Paper Tiger. While Beatrice increasingly sees the flaws in Butterscotch's life plans and loses all respect for him, needling him for every detail, Butterscotch's will crumbles and desperately clings to his pride as a last resource.
  • Playing the Victim Card: She'd rather think herself of a good, self-sacrificing mother who raised an ungrateful little brat turned a disappointment of a son. It never occurs to her that BoJack has every right not to give her any appreciation or that she's the one who tortured him during his childhood. Nope, he's the one to blame, he only takes, takes and takes!
  • Plucky Girl: When she was younger, she was vivid, cheerful and full of optimism. It doesn't last. Although, her adult self could be interpreted as a darker, colder, more cynical version of this trope: the rose has certainly grown her spines.
  • The Power of Hate: After a long lost battle against the forces that worked inside her, Beatrice gave in to her inner darkness and pent up frustrations in life, becoming the kind of heartless harpy who would never need a hug and would rule over those she saw responsible of her unhappiness. If she couldn't be happy, she'd be sure everyone would share her misery, and as such made her mission to spread her resentment in any way she could, with the moments she brought down those close to her down to her same level being those of the few moments she could feel herself rise from her situation and relish the pain she inflicted. It worked short-term, but those fleeting moments passed more and more quicker as they went along, which made her do double the effort to achieve them, getting meaner and meaner as time flew by.
  • Predecessor Villain: To her son BoJack's Anti-Hero. Beatrice is pretty much why he's so screwed up and in many ways, she's a much worse horse than he'll ever be.
  • Princess in Rags: Part of what makes her unsympathetic and particularly monstrous: Unaccustomed as she was to working class living conditions, Beatrice's pride worsened after having to rely on Butterscotch for income both because of the time period's attitude toward working women (this was The '70s, after all), being let down by Butterscotch's failure as a writer and refusing a cushy office job for her father (even comparing it to slavery), and because being an Idle Rich, she had probably never worked in her life for money. Whenever she would encounter old friends at the club, she'd pretend to still be one of them despite her poor status. The resentment at having to rely on a working-class horse as well as her crushed expectations and separation from her lavished upbringing produced a hatred of him and BoJack. Butterscotch does eventually agree to get the cushy office job for Bea's father, and she uses this (as seen in a montage) to remodel the living room, hire maids, and buy a nicer outfit.
  • Proper Lady: At least when it comes to actual manners, not tact or open attitude.
  • Proud Beauty: Very much. She was one of the most craved debutantes of her social circle and had plenty of options for a husband, not to say of how everyone was very appreciative of her looks, whereas ironically she was an Indifferent Beauty at this time pressured by said group to keep up her appearance and figure, and did not become this trope until after she believed her pregnancy “ruined her”. As a reference, how much she took notice of her appearance was always directly tied to how good she was doing in life: the less she was succeeding in the latter department, the more she'd focus on the former.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: "The Old Sugarman Place" and "Time's Arrow" show Beatrice's life from beginning to end as she goes from an idealistic young mare to a bitter old woman poisoning everything in her way.
  • The Punishment Is the Crime: Ultimately, what her life eventually leads to and what BoJack eventually concludes: she has gotten away with a lot of things from abuse to being directly or indirectly in the misery of a lot of people for which she'll never be properly called out. Those actions have been the cause of many people resenting her, costing her any possible meaningful relationship from her offspring to any possible friends, leaving her ostracized and unloved despite wanting to be. Likewise, at the end of it, she has devolved into a frail, confused old woman with no one to recur, a lifetime of regrets and broken dreams and destined to fade away without any glory. If BoJack is certain of something, it's that he'll never completely forgive her nor is he obligated to do so, the best thing he can do is to let go of the pain, hatred and desire for approval he wants to achieve from his mother and move forward with the knowledge of never wanting to end up like her.
  • Purple Is Powerful: In her appearances after BoJack is born, she wears this color and she's definitely an evil Iron Lady.
    • In the 70s when BoJack is a child/teen, she wears a purple button up sweater.
    • In the 80s-early 2000s, she wears a matching indigo sweater and skirt with pink trim, paired with purple shoes.
    • In Brand New Couch, which takes place in 2014, she wears a lavender coat and a small purple turban around her head.
    • In her present day appearances in Season 4, she wears a large raspberry purple sweater over a dress with a lavender skirt. She keeps her purple turban from her previous appearance.
  • Raised by Dudes: After CrackerJack's death and Honey's lobotomy and brain dead state, Beatrice was left in the care of his father. Having expected her brother to be the one who'd inherit Sugarman Sugar and with his wife's increasingly shabby care of her courtesy of her lack of consciousness, Joseph took a more hands on approach in raising Beatrice, including imprinting her with a patriarchal version of the world and how her only purpose was to be a housewife. Beatrice's clashes with her dad were made more difficult because of the fact that he was her last living relative and until married, he was responsible for her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives BoJack a sharp one indeed in "Brand New Couch" when he's in a particular bad place. She was the one who called him in the first place, mind you.
    I don't wanna fight you, BoJack. I just wanted to tell you I know. I know you wanna be happy, but you won't be, and—-I'm sorry.[...] It's not just you, you know. Your father and I, we— Well, you come by it honestly, the ugliness inside you. You were born broken, that's your birthright. And now you can fill your life with projects your books and your movies and your little girlfriends but it won't make you whole. You're BoJack Horseman. There's no cure for that.
  • Resentful Guardian: To BoJack over "ruining her figure" and "life".
  • Rich Bitch:
    • Implied in Diane's book in "Downer Ending". Beatrice was the heiress to the Sugarman Sugar Cubes fortune, and was "used to certain comforts".
    • Cemented in Season Two with her reaction when she was forced to sit next to someone wearing a "Just Do It" t-shirt during the taping of the Horsin' Around pilot.
      I don't know to what "it" the T-shirt referred but I won't be spoken to in that tone by an article of clothing.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: She's succumbed to dementia as of Season 4, meaning she no longer recognizes BoJack and frequently gets past and present events mixed up. Worth noting is the fact that, unlike a lot of the characters in Western Animation who fall under this trope in some way, Beatrice's dementia is not played for laughs. Episode 11 of season 4 (Time's Arrow) is told (almost) entirely from her confused perspective, and it's pure Nightmare Fuel.
  • Second Episode Introduction: She's introduced properly along her husband Butterscotch in a flashback in "Bojack Hates The Troops".
  • Shadow Archetype: To an extent, she has all the traits BoJack hates about himself - both are petty, abrasive, miserable, bitter, sarcastic and poisonous. Also, neither of them had the best childhoods and their parents weren't the most positive influences. However, unlike Beatrice, BoJack does admit his failures and, even if it's hard for him, he does his best to be a better person, while Beatrice more or less succumbed to her miserable existence. This is best shown in Season 4 - not only is her backstory shown to parallel BoJack's, their parenting styles are shown to be different - BoJack may not be the perfect parent, far from it, but he still tries his best to take care of and help Hollyhock and even genuinely grows to like her. Also, when he finally gets the chance to get revenge on Beatrice for his miserable life, he decides that it's best to just break the circle of abuse. Compare that to Beatrice, who continued the circle of abuse by acting like an utter asshole to her son. It's pretty much obvious that Beatrice is what BoJack would turn out like if he would let his issues completely consume him.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Her entire life turns out to be this. When BoJack gives a eulogy at her funeral in Season 5, all he can say about her was that she was born in 1938, was married to Butterscotch, and died in 2018. All her young dreams amounted to nothing; she accomplished nothing, lived miserably, and died without anyone alive left who remembers her, knows her depressing story, or had anything nice to say about her.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: With her son BoJack in season 4. Short synopsis; BoJack ascends, Beatrice descends.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Zigzagged. Beatrice was raised simply to have a husband and as such she grew to resent the idea of hanging onto a man to make something out of herself. Furthermore, she expected whoever she'd fall in love with and marry to share the same ideals and attitude as her. When she met Corbin Creamerman, who she was expected to accept as a pretender, she couldn't help but be disappointed by his appearance and meek disposition; with someone like Butterscotch Horseman, she was swayed to his favor due to his seeming revolutionary ideas and similar book appreciation. On a more idealistic story, this could be a simple matter of choosing the latter and living happily ever after. However, after a second date with Corbin where he proves to More Than Meets the Eye with actual plans for his family's company and finding common ground with Beatrice, she realizes Corbin might be a good guy to marry.....until the casual sex she had with Butterscotch leads to an unexpected pregnancy. An unhappy marriage later, Bea regrets not having gotten to known Corbin better and having jumped to conclusions over what would have been the best way to rebel instead of deciding who would have been a better match for her.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: For all of her relevance in the main story, would you believe Beatrice has only appeared in 10 episodes through all 4 seasons, 2 of which were just cameos and 1 A Day in the Limelight for her?
  • Smoking Is Cool: As a younger, more idealistic mare, she still smoked but because of her more sympathetic attitude and her insufferable situation, it's not portrayed as a bad thing, along with the fact the time period encouraged it.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: She belonged to a prestigious part of high socialites and it was custom to smoke and drink on all of the reunions.
  • Socialite: Was this Before getting pregnant with Bojack and running off with Butterscotch. She was the daughter of a wealthy sugar salesman and grew up in luxurious household. Even after she, to her great regret, left this lifestyle, she was still very concerned with public appearance, a regular attendant of high-brow parties, including a supper club, and haughty as her standard temper.
  • Stage Mom: She was obsessed with making BoJack into a performer so that, in her mind, he can make up for ruining her life. Even after he finds success as a sitcom actor she derides him as a "clown".
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Corbin Creamerman. Being from a renowned sugarcube company and he from a famous ice cream fabricator, both of their parents were quite amiable with the possibility of marriage between the two, whether they'd wanted or not, since it meant a strong alliance that would strengthen both into a Mega-Corp. While Corbin was smitten with Beatrice from the start, she didn't exactly reciprocated due to being essentially forced to do so without truly knowing or caring for the young goat, instead preferring the fleeting company of "scoundrel" like Butterscotch: dazzling, bold, charming and cool, not to say well-read. After attempting to dodge another meeting with Corbin and reluctantly agreeing just for the sake of responsibility, Beatrice is genuinely smitten with him after seeing their similarities and desire to do something out of their lives....which makes it all the more heartbreaking in retrospect that her impulsiveness to rebel led her to start a family with a stranger she barely knew and grew to resent instead of getting together with Corbin.
  • Start of Darkness: "Time's Arrow" reveals that she was a bit jaded and sharp-tongued as a young woman (due to her childhood trauma), but overall still good and idealistic. She was also a happy bride with Butterscotch and new mother to BoJack until the Reality Ensues hard work of caring for an eternally crying baby in an economic class lower than she was used to shattered her outlook. When Butterscotch scathingly reminded her, "You wanted this baby, remember that," it drove her to want to blame anyone but herself for the nightmare she trapped herself in. Downing a diet pill with liquor, she growled at the baby that he'd better become something great to make it worth all this. Needless to say, the seeds of cruelty and resentment that latter engulfed Beatrice's entire personality and parenting to BoJack started that night.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She shares the gap in her front teeth and curled hair with her mother, Honey, and the diamond pattern, fur coloring, and braided mane from her father, Joseph.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Beatrice's brother CrackerJack was The All-American Boy, a model son, beloved by everyone around him and was the apparent heir to one of the biggest companies at the time, Sugarman Sugarcubes, before going off to war and dying. Only Beatrice was left as the Unexpected Successor but because of the sexist time and her less impressive figure, she was seen as a step down from her brother and as such was treated as nothing more than a woman to be married off to secure alliances, always at her brother's shadow. One could easily see Beatrice having mixed feelings about her brother's reputation.
  • Talk to the Hand: Downplayed. How she dismissively takes BoJack leaving the house to move toward Hollywoo? By waving her hand, encouraging him to go faster instead of a proper farewell.
  • Tautological Templar: Exploited by her, none other. As a defense mechanism, Beatrice always though herself to be one above any judgement and whose decisions were the right ones, even when evidence would pile up to the contrary, since she was told from a young age she'd have to submit to more powerful people's wishes, last thing she wanted to do. Any sense she might really not know what's best for her was shot down at the cost of a more thoughtful perspective; she can't admit it to herself (even when she's willing to admit she passed down the faulty gene down to BoJack and contributed to his hard life) that every action she took was the wrong one since it would mean admitting she screwed her own life in spite of everyone's influence."
  • That Man Is Dead: Beatrice's flashbacks to Honey that take place after Honey's lobotomy have her see her mother as a silhouette accented by the lobotomy scar, showing how she viewed the difference as essentially killing her mother.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: "Time's Arrow" dealing with Beatrice's past is told from Beatrice's perspective corrupted by dementia and tainted by the pain involved in the memories. There are sudden cuts, people's faces are erased if they're not relevant or scribbled if their presence is too painful to remember, events are overlapped and swapped, events are modified, names are's a mess. Talk about an Unreliable Narrator.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Thanks to her hard life, Beatrice went from a cheerful and sweet little girl, to sassy but still well-meaning young woman, and finally ended up as a miserable and abusive middle-aged woman.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed. Weirdly enough, her senile dementia in Season 4 has made her a much more friendly and pleasant person, at least compared to the mean old bitch she used to be. Though of course, this has nothing to do with a conscious effort to be a better person; but her old age has effectively destroyed most of her mind, memories and personality included, and she just can't even remember how to be an angry and hateful person anymore. This confuses her son to no end.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Beatrice only had the one-night stand with Butterscotch out of retaliation for the latter condescendingly bringing up Beatrice doing whatever her father wanted. Then, she got pregnant....
  • Tragic Dream: All she ever wanted was to find happiness, put her skills and intelligence to use and to taste ice cream. If you have read this far, you know Beatrice never got any of these things.
  • Troubled Abuser: She is an abusive mother to Bojack and sure, Bojack's childhood was horrible, but Beatrice's childhood wasn't any better.

  • Undignified Death: Her refusal to go down easy results in her corpse being frozen in a permanent, grotesque rictus and her shoddy treatment of Bojack made him so ambivalent to her passing that he squanders his heartfelt eulogy on the wrong corpse.
  • Unequal Pairing: A wealthy heiress filly like Beatrice and a working class horse like Butterscotch end up married due to a Surprise Pregnancy. Needless to say, the difference in classes of their marriage took a toll on both.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Her recounting of events in "Time's Arrow" could be taken as truth for the most part, but with the constant Crazy Memory, flashbacks to past and present going back and forth and unwillingness to see beyond her point of view in some cases, some things might be up for debate.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: A variation, since Corbin never really stopped loving Beatrice; rather, Beatrice came around to him too late due to a pregnancy from a previous sexual encounter and never stopped sulking about what happened.
  • Upper-Class Twit: She thought that The Diary of a Young Girl was an autobiography, and believed Anne Frank to be a "narcissist". Otherwise averted, as her father sent her to an ivy league university where she actually graduated instead of just finding a husband, was shown to be a prolific reader, and was actually bored of her high society life when she met Butterscotch specifically because she was surrounded by Upper Class Twits.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Season 4 reveals that this was the case with her; she was a happy little girl in the 40's who watched her family fall apart following her brother's wartime death, culminating in her mother's breakdown, drunken endangerment of Beatrice in a car crash, and eventual lobotomy where Beatrice was told never to love anybody that much again. What little chance she had of recovering was crushed when her father callously burned her things in a fire, and threatened to lobotomize her just like her mother if she ever cried or showed too much emotion again.
  • Unwanted Spouse:
    • Toward Butterscotch. The feeling is quite mutual.
    • Initially, she had a one-sided version with Corbin Creamerman. Corbin was obviously smitten with her and both her father Joseph and Corbin's father Mort were okay (read:eager) for the union, but due to a sense of being all but forced and not finding him any spectacular, Beatrice wasn't keen on being courted by him. Once they have a revelatory talk during a walk in the park, Beatrice starts to come around....only for her pregnancy to derail everything.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: While she's got enough baggage to pick from, it's partly the loss of her figure to childbirth what makes her particularly furious about BoJack not meeting her grand expectations.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: Deconstructed. As detailed above in Mother Makes You King, Beatrice's unreachable ambitions for her son and inability to express what she was truly expecting or give him some sort of approval and love has made BoJack perpetually unhappy and constantly reaching out for goals without any specific aim.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: Sparing Hollyhock the pain of having a washout mother and Henrietta the pain of leaving her career. Played with, since it involved kicking both of them.
  • Villainous Legacy: So far, Beatrice's wake no doubt reveals her actions to be this. Everyone concerned is just brimming with disdain and hoping her influence and power over them will fade away once she dies.
    • Born in a happy family whose idea of the right way to raise a child or deal with grief was wayward (saying the least..) and devolved into a covert abusive household with Beatrice's Only Child Syndrome detrimental to her development.
    • Set out to subvert, then continue her father's way of bearing a baby.
    • Twisted her son around her finger in all the ways he could be bend and remain unbroken, just splintered. Removing any love and nurturing out of the equation and creating a complex of love sickness and starvation and then letting him loose in the world to create havoc.
    • Wear down a prideful, smug horseman to a provider and useless man with every snide comment she could, to the point of calling him "poison" in every sense of the word.
    • Played With in her treatment of Hollyhock and Henrietta: her actions led them to a better life, but at the cost of their emotions and free will. Not to say anything about her level of empathy there: she wants to live through others' life because of how screwed hers is.
  • Virgin Tension: A lot of the drama in Beatrice's life could have been avoided if she had never been instilled this big a value over virginity or her automatic rejection of such values by doing the exact opposite. The fact that her maidenhead is broken by an premarital affair and she refuses to abort labels her as a ruined woman, which she's quick to accept as part of her upbringing; such belief including Corbin no longer wanting to marry her because of this fact is what spurns her to make her biggest mistake: marry Butterscotch.
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid: Keeping Beatrice intact until marriage kept her from gaining experience or knowing how to react to real life beyond wit and the typical crush: as such, it was easy to get it on with Butterscotch without worrying too much about the consequences.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Sign of Morning Sickness when she gets pregnant with BoJack. Too bad she ended up aiming at her pretender.
  • Weight Woe: Her classmates and father thought she was too fat even as a child, leading to her relying on medication and supplements to keep herself skinny and pretty, a mentality she encourages in Hollyhock to the point of secretly drugging Hollyhock with those supplements to the point of overdose., and plays into why she believed her body was ruined after having BoJack
  • When She Smiles: In "Free Churro," BoJack reflects that the only time she ever looked truly happy or pleasant to be around was during her weekly Sunday ladies socialite brunches, when she would get out her old white dress and dance so beautifully and mesmerizingly. Even Butterscotch, who couldn't stand her or vice-versa, would peek out of his study to watch her dance with reverence and awe.
  • Where Were You Last Night?: Beatrice's jealousy would be often triggered by the possibility Butterscotch might be sleeping with someone else. She would often interrogate him about it in a rather aggressive manner. Besides the confirmation of Henrietta, the other accusations are never clarified as true or false.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Not really, which it's kinda a surprise considering her usual attitude toward everyone, let alone the circumstances behind Hollyhock's birth being of special emotional impact for her, but during her dementia episodes, Hollyhock remains one of the few people Beatrice still recognizes and treats with something resembling respect (being Beatrice, she still gets a lot of mileage from calling attention to her weight and triple-kicking her "mother"/son/"father"/brother in front of her). This trope still comes into play when Beatrice proves to be a toxic influence no matter what: her poisoning of Hollyhock done in the name of good will, since those diet pills will help her lose weight - whether she wants it or not!
  • Withholding the Cure: A chillingly hilarious example. After a fight with Butterscotch, she mentions offhand her plan to hide Butterscotch's heart medication as a petty move against him.
  • Wrong Guy First: Butterscotch over Corbin. Beatrice lived to regret it and make others regret it as well.
  • You Know What You Did: Beatrice never lets go of grudges, however small slights they may be or seem to other people, and will be glad to remind the object of her ire when a chance arises. Good luck for the poor sap to remember; she's very good at harvesting them like a hobby. Of course, when the people who anger her the most are always present, she'll always find a way to get back at them. Of course, she'll never tell them alright why are they being punished for, they know as far as she's concerned. Even if she was to blame in the consequences, if someone else was involved as well, she'll redirect the blame toward them.
  • You Remind Me of X:
    • It's implied that part of the reason why her father Joseph can't stand her snarky attitude and non-compromise (besides her questioning every aspect of his handling) is because Beatrice reminds him too much of Honey pre-lobotomy.
    • Turned on its head later when Beatrice denies any possible attachment to BoJack because of his resemblance to CrackerJack and her memory of how such maternal love destroyed her mother.
  • You See, I'm Dying: By-proxy example, since she's no longer in a state she'd say it herself nor would she be particularly inclined to. The only way BoJack is reluctantly convinced to take her in is her doctor telling him in gentler terms she'll croak soon.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Her doctor tells BoJack that due to suffering dementia, Beatrice "doesn't have many years left, if at all". Truth in Television, since those with dementia gradually lose all motor functions and ability to sustain themselves without any help.
    • She passes away less than a year later in October 2018, shortly before the events of "Free Churro"


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