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Butterscotch Horseman

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Played by: Will Arnett

"...his working-class father, Butterscotch Horseman, who struggled, and often failed, to provide those comforts..."
Description of him in One Trick Pony.

"Well, maybe if my secretary also refused to get an abortion, I would be."

BoJack's father, seen only in flashback. A working-class horse who, along with BoJack's mother, is much of the reason that BoJack's so screwed up.

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    A-F 
  • Abusive Dad: Downplayed. Butterscotch was dismissive, manipulative, and even violent towards young BoJack. However, it was Beatrice whose influence contributed more to BoJack's screwed psyche, and Butterscotch often prefered to simply neglect his son rather than attack him directly. If anything, Butterscotch was simply too apathetic later in life to even care about BJ. During season 4, dealing with events caused by him beyond the grave, BoJack's hatred seems directed more at his mother than his father, and he seems to have an indifferent opinion of him one way or the other.
  • Aerith and Bob: Beatrice (normal), BoJack (seminormal) and... Butterscotch Horseman?
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Once his mistress Henrietta gets pregnant and Butterscotch fails to dissuade her from having the baby, he basically crawls to ask Beatrice for help. Butterscotch at first avoids the subject and tries to deflect the guilt to Beatrice because she's been missing her "womanly duties", making her snap at him. Only then does Butterscotch pleads her to help him and breaks down sobbing, acknowledging how justified she is at hating him and talk to Henrietta "woman-to-woman".
  • Anti-Climax: For all his angst over his novel and his abuse of Beatrice and Bojack, he died a rather pointless, undignified death: He challenged a critic who didn't like his novel to a duel in Golden Gate Park at dawn. As they drew their pistols and turned to walk ten paces, Butterscotch then thought to ask if the critic in question had even bothered to actually read his novel. Just as he did, he tripped over a root and cracked his skull open on the ground, dying instantly. However little closure BoJack got from his mother's death, he got even less from Butterscotch. What's more, BoJack has never even read his dad's book ("Why would I give him that?").
  • Betty and Veronica: The rogue, bad boyish "Veronica" to Corbin's friendly, nervous "Betty" for Beatrice's "Archie". She chooses Butterscotch because he got her pregnant and regrets it dearly.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: As it turns out, the lame joke "Get It?" BoJack always says comes from something Butterscotch said while leaving the house.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Beatrice as part of their Commonality Connection, although in this case is more "dead parents" one way or the other. From Butterscotch's part, it's his mom primarily since she died when he was young.
  • Broken Pedestal: Implied when you take into account his contrasting characterizations. He idolized 1960s counterculture and hoped to become a writer in the vein of Allen Ginsberg or Ken Kesey. Unfortunately, he simply wasn't able to make it as a novelist, continually failing to make it in the culture that he worshiped... and only succeeded when he went against that and got a white-collar job. Seeing that his previous ideals failed (and that he only succeeded by going against them) drove him further right.
  • Can't Take Criticism: BoJack states that he was... less than pleased with his novel's reception. He even went so far as to offer to duel anyone who thought poorly of it, which ultimately led to his death.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The "Get It?" joke that BoJack says came from a fight between Butterscotch and Beatrice in which Butterscotch used it as a cruel punchline that he was leaving.
  • Commonality Connection: Stuck in a lavish, yet vacuous lifestyle, the rough-and-tumble Butterscotch was down to the wealthy, effervescent Beatrice because like him, she was a counter-culture rebel who'd read the Beats, had an independent way of thinking, reminded him of his mother (and had lost a mother as well). Though it was mostly only for a one-night stand, it also got them through the honeymoon period happily enough.
  • Dead to Begin With: Hollyhock would most certainly be disappointed if she had met him, but it was kind of a moot search from the start. He died around 2007, seven years before the beginning of the series.
  • Dirty Coward: Well, BoJack had to get it from somewhere.
    • Downplayed and implied in "Time's Arrow" during his introductory scenes, we see that BoJack took a page out of his playbook: Butterscotch gives Beatrice a fake dress in case she wanted to contact him after their sex escapades. Of course, it's not like they actually agreed they'd keep in touch and after he discovers she's pregnant, he takes responsibility.
    • Played straight later in his life especially after his actions lead to Henrietta's pregnancy: much as he realizes it's his fault ad pride what has led him this route, he just can't admit it at first preferring to blame Beatrice who for once is not to blame for the situation. As Beatrice is shown to be hostile, uncooperative and unwilling to bend to his will, he just breaks down unable to even lie to himself and simply pleads for Bea to fix his mistake, admitting he doesn't know what to do.
  • Dirty Old Man: Sired Hollyhock on a woman 40-50 years his junior.
  • Disappeared Dad: To Hollyhock, whom he fathered with his maid, Henrietta. He initially tried to persuade Henrietta to get an abortion and then asked Beatrice to persuade Henrietta.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Almost always seen carrying one while in his studio. Of course, being the person he is, the pipe may not count as belonging to a "distinguished gentleman".
  • Dope Slap: Often gave these to BoJack whenever he would say something he deemed stupid or do something "un-American".
  • Eagleland: Believes in a Type 1 (The Beautiful), but he's clearly a Type 2 (The Boorish).
  • Enemy Civil War: With Beatrice. They quickly came to resent one another, but neither was willing to get a divorce or compromise about what they wanted. They fell into a routine of lashing out at one another, frequently in front of their son.
  • Establishing Character Moment: More than once. Which kind of horse is Butterscotch at the moment depends exactly on which point of the story these are placed.
    • Chronologically, he crashes Beatrice's debutante ball and spends most of his time in the bar getting free alcohol until spotted and outed by Beatrice herself. Both then bicker back and forth playful barbs directed at each other's faults with Buttercotch's being a Wide-Eyed Idealist who blindly considers himself the next member of the Beat culture and hinges his entire future on a vague concept for a "groundbreaking" novel. Still, he lovingly nudges Bea free of toxicity about her lack of feminine traits and bad curtsy and bonds with her over missing moms even mentioning one of her traits (her diamond) as the same as his mother. Already he's presented as The Charmer, a Lovable Rogue and Working-Class Hero.
    • Next, his less pleasant traits have become clearer during his marriage to Beatrice: he won't compromise his vision of the future. His future. His books. His themes. Even if his wife resents him for not providing enough money for the house. He's also become highly defensive of critics of any kind, no matter how constructive, and elects to blame the writing community for his lack of success as a novelist.
    • Finally, he's shown having become what he disliked: a patriarchal, conservative jackass with old fashioned values that continues presenting himself as the old Butterscotch from younger days but fails to show nothing but a caricature of his former self. Even worse, his more vulnerable moments of honesty like the diamond comment have been designed for more selfish purposes like sleeping around. Ultimately, he's reduced to nothing more than a pitiable, old man with broken dreams and delusions of greatness.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: As a married man and father to symbolize his exhaustion and frustration with everything in his life and his weariness and bitterness toward those he deems responsible for his misery.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears perk up when surprised and descend when disappointed. Like BoJack's, the way his his head is drawn makes them appear to be perpetually pinned back.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He brutally shot down pretty much all of young BoJack's childhood flights of fancy, dismissing them as unproductive.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: A bitter, abusive, Hate Sink of a father named... Butterscotch.
  • Foil:
    • In season 4, to BoJack. Butterscotch and his son share several quirks and attitudes, but in season 4, it can be seen that, through the time, Butterscotch only got worse, more bitter about his married life and a kid only made him worse, with his affair resulting in a kid being something he is shameful of. To BoJack, Hollyhock as his unplanned daughter causes a large advancement for him personally, leading him to become better and reject doing things his father would probably do in the same situation.
    • By a generation division, Butterscotch and Mort Creamerman are connected by their personalities: harsh, spiteful, conservative and dismissive of their sons' ideas. One hails from a high-class background and industrialized wealth, the other comes from skid rows and working class parents and both of their sons are shown eventually being proven right and move to better things while they decay slowly due to their bitterness and stubborn cling to their ways.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Ironically he used to be a rebellious young stallion who admired the beats and snuck into rich people's parties for free booze. That is, until being rejected by his idols made him the uber-conservative Jerkass we know today.
  • Formerly Fit: Grew to have a gut when he became elderly.
  • For Want of a Nail: Literally. BoJack once mentioned Butterscotch teared down his treehouse just because he used non-American nails.
  • Freudian Excuse: Downplayed. Only seen through Beatrice and BoJack's recollections of him, Butterscotch is not throughly analyzed as either of the former, lacking a clear motivation behind his many horrid actions beyond "resentment" and "sadness". However, whatever few references to his past are said, the more a possible picture is painted: Butterscotch grew up without knowing his mother, only hearing Second-Hand Storytelling about her, idealizing her in his eyes; his father possibly died and he had to fend for himself in the streets through any kind of scraps and pennies he could get; this led him to writing, his main passion, and idolizing the Beat whom he felt sympathized with the people. Fixated on the idea of telling his own story, he gained enough money to go to San Francisco to try luck only for a mistake turning him into a family man. Failure after failure and an Awful Wedded Life gave leeway for the broken, narcissistic and pathetic colt hiding behind the surface to come floating.

    G-L 
  • The Gambling Addict: Possibly. In Season 5, BoJack reveals at Beatrice' funeral that Butterscotch frittered away the last of her inheritance and left her with crippling debt, which forced her to sell the house and move into a retirement home. Though whether this was due to gambling or overspending is never made clear.
  • Giftedly Bad: He was fixated on writing the next great American novel, even moving out to California with Beatrice in the hopes of getting in good with its writing crowds, but decades later it's clear he never had what it took and even back then he never had anything more than a vague concept in mind.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Sure, Beatrice had plenty of awful things happen in her life to lead her to who she became, but by the time she met Butterscotch she was still on a relatively promising track. Eloping with him and his treatment of her in the decades that ensued could be argued as the single biggest contributor to the outright monster she herself became. Not to mention his tryst with the maid leading to Hollyhock's birth and thus, the main overarching plot of season 4. All this without even getting into how his particular abuse of his son shaped him.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: As a young horse, he had a scruffy, unkempt mane, symbolizing his apparent untamed nature, which of course would make Beatrice attracted to him. By his last years, it had receded to his scalp as thin hairs with most having turned grey.
  • Handsome Lech: His seducing Beatrice was only intended for a one night stand. Taking into account his expertise at playing charming and knowing what kind of words would convince her, it's implied he has done this before. Beatrice was quite aware of it being a one time thing and was willing to play along with it since she needed to blow some steam...at least until it resulted in pregnancy.
  • Hate Sink: Just like Beatrice, Butterscotch's rude dismissal of any kind of opinion, independence and hobbies of BoJack as long as it didn't fit his ideal standards of a man, as well as his status as an abusive, unsympathetic and complete bastard of a father earns him this status along his wife, making his actions despicable by design. Season 4 humanizes him as well as Beatrice but in a smaller scale: while some sympathy can be wronged because of his awful life, he's not as explored as Beatrice and as such, his Freudian Excuse is much flimsier.
  • Henpecked Husband: And, man, is he bitter about it.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: He's shown to be this on top of everything else as his monologue in the Cold Opening to "Free Churro" shows that he heavily enforces gender roles. As not only does he feel emasculated by having to make his own sandwich and picking his son up from soccer practice, he says that it's not his fault if BoJack "turns queer" from being confused by gender roles. Quite ironic that his secret daughter ended up being adopted by multiple men.
  • Hunk: In his youth. Needless to say, this plus his personality coming as a breath of fresh air for Beatrice was what initially attracted her to him.
  • Hysterical Woman: Accuses Beatrice of being this for every fight and emotional problem in their marriage, which definitely didn't help her soften her sharp tongue. A flashback in Season 5 reveals that even when Beatrice came home from seeing A Doll's House and locked herself in the room to cry loudly for hours, he dismissed it as hysteria and an attempt to ruin his day by not making him lunch.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was quite muscular and trim as a young adult (he was a draft horse) with a thick, scruffy mane, but by the time he was an elderly man, he lost most of his mane, with what remained turned grey, and he also gained a bit of a gut.
    • Judging From his previous appearances in flashbacks and the 29 year montage in "Time’s Arrow", he started looking like this in his late 30s.
  • Jaded Washout: Butterscotch never had the vision to adapt according to the times, which ensured his novel to be rejected by his idols and society. Once his dreams vanished, all he had left was his pride, his unappeasable wife and his young son, all which made him more miserable. In spite of adhering to work smaller gigs at the fish canning company, he suffered from an increasing sense of loss of self and determination, leading him to become a Sell-Out and a husk made of bitterness and pure defensive ranting while dreaming of his non-existent Glory Days.
  • Jerkass:
    • Yeah, no doubt about this one. Butterscotch's bitter, dismissive of his family at every turn and openly contemptuous towards them for being the final nail in his miserable life. There's also his treatment of BoJack which ranges from just plain Comedic Sociopathy to outright mental and physical abuse.
    • Season 4 just makes him worse as it shows that he pretty much won Beatrice over for a one night stand, among other indiscretions like having an affair with the maid, using the same story he used to garner sympathy with his wife when they first met no less. And unlike his wife or son he has no Freudian Excuse for his behavior.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In his younger years. While a scoundrel in every sense, Butterscotch still was a Wide-Eyed Idealist who dreamed of telling his own story about the struggles of the everyman, especially involving a rather progressive thinking (for the time), had enough decency to actually apologize when he thought he had made a tasteless joke about Beatrice's mother and changes his tune about aborting the baby when Beatrice refuses; even proposing to her when she protests she's now a ruined woman with no chance to ever marry. Over the years of being married to Beatrice and seeing his dreams broken, however, the "heart of gold" erodes until he has become nothing more than a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk.
    • He did have a little Jerk with a Heart of Gold moment in a flashback with Henrietta and asked Beatrice to be a little more nicer to her and helps her studying for Nursing School. Even breaking down crying when he gotten her pregnant and begged Beatrice to fix it because he told her "think of the poor girl". Showing how he already ruined Beatrice, he doesn't want Henrietta to have a bad life either as a single mother, and ruined her dreams to become a nurse.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In his elder years, Butterscotch's spiritual decay was almost complete, with him having devolved into a Dirty Coward who'd often avoid Beatrice as much as he could, often cheat on her which lead to a Surprise Pregnancy and Hollyhock's birth and when confronted about the possibility of being a father again, he tries to back down from the responsibility when his attempts to convince Henrietta to abort fail and only breaks down when his back is against the wall.
  • Karmic Death: His obsession with his novel proves to be his undoing. According to BoJack, he turned his head to ask the man he was going to duel if he'd really read his book. Distracted, he then tripped over a root and brained himself on a rock.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Shares several mannerisms with his own son, specially their snarky behavior when younger.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: While Beatrice fell in love with him to rebel against her father, he ended up growing to be very similar to him such as anti-Semitism and affairs with their respective secreteries (although it's only implied with Joseph, Butterscotch's affairs were actually a pretty open secret). He also turned out to be a dismissive misogynist who'd dismiss her feelings as just "womanly hysteria."
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He never realized he was a father twice. Beatrice kept Hollyhock's birth a secret and never informed Butterscotch about it, leading him to think she convinced Henrietta to abort.

    M-R 
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Season 4 reveals that Butterscotch tried to invoke this to weasel out of taking responsibility for Beatrice's pregnancy by asking if he was the father. Beatrice was not amused.
    Butterscotch: Are you...certain it’s mine?
    Beatrice: Well, whose else could it be?!
  • May–December Romance: Had an affair with Henrietta, who was roughly 40-50 years his junior.
  • Minor Living Alone: He mentions a deceased mother few years after being born, his father is nowhere to be seen, no grandparents in sight and already living alone at Beatrice's age. With such information, it's not a big stretch assuming Butterscotch spent most of his late teens surviving in his own.
  • Misery Builds Character: His main philosophy and one he practices at every turn in "raising" his son; as long as BoJack doesn't do things the way he considers fit, the more punishment and rejection he'll receive. There's the treehouse incident and there's his harsh critic of BoJack's drawing for him. The way he sees it, happiness is grueling pain.
  • Missing Mom: As he tells Beatrice himself when they first meet, Butterscotch never knew his mother as she died when he was too young, but he does seem to remember vividly certain aspects of her from some of the pictures he's seen of her such as her diamond (which is what attracts him to Beatrice) and her hair (which draws him to Henrietta). It's this connection what partly gains him Beatrice's trust, since they both have lost their mothers in a way.
  • Never My Fault:
    • When he has to admit to Beatrice that he ended up impregnating Henrietta, he greatly downplays his role in the act, saying that she "got herself pregnant" and then blaming Beatrice for the act, accusing her of being "neglectful in her wifely duties".
    • He refuses to take responsibility for his failed writing career, blaming "Jews, liberals, and Commies" for keeping the publishers from appreciating "the genius of [his] work," instead of trying to improve his work based on critical feedback.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His background, beliefs, and outlook make him Jack Kerouac if he had never achieved literary success and succumbed to bitterness.
  • Oedipus Complex: Hinted at, as he fell for Beatrice and Henrietta due to sharing traits with the dead mother he never knew.
  • Oh, Crap!: His face when Beatrice shows up in his porch is already brimming with dread. When she announces she's pregnant, his face changes to one of utter horror and stuttering, similar to BoJack.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Beatrice refuses to try to convince their maid, Henrietta, to get an abortion until the normally proud and stubborn Butterscotch finally confesses he doesn't know what to do and breaks down crying. Beatrice is so shocked that she goes to talk to the girl.
  • Older Than They Look: Butterscotch is seen in the late 1990s, when he is an old man by this point, with a thin mane with grey streaks, large wrinkles and dark circles under his eyes, and a bit of a gut. Judging From his previous appearances in flashbacks and the 29 year montage in "Time’s Arrow" (1970-1999), he apparently started looking like this in his late 30s.
  • Paper Tiger: Played With. Since it’s already a Foregone Conclusion that Butterscotch eventually became a failed, frustrated novelist and that the one book he somewhat wrote was never finished, when Butterscotch is chronologically introduced, he’s being way too disingenuous with his belief of true prose and writing a groundbreaking novel, especially the fact he believes himself to be the one who has the former and will create the latter. More surprising is the fact he truly believes such statements, such is his confidence that he convinces Beatrice (at first) that he truly has what it takes to join the Beat generation. When the chips are down and the real work begins, however, Butterscotch proves himself to be too prideful and with such a deep-rooted tunnel vision of how his novel such be that even after being rejected by his former heroes, and explained by pretty much everyone from his wife to his 6-year-old son why he’s failing, he stubbornly refuses to compromise an obsolete vision. He’s got some talent, he’s just applying it the wrong way.
  • Parents as People: He's given some characterization beyond "mean" and "abusive" in the style of "broken dreams" and "hurt ego by his wife". Still doesn't excuse him, but it shows him as having some depth.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He couldn't even hide this for a family portrait.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He angrily blamed "Jews" for shooting down his failed writing career.
  • Posthumous Character: He died sometime around 2007. Especially important in Season 4 seeing as he fathered a young horse girl and all.
  • Pride: His Fatal Flaw. His writing career came to pretty much nothing, due to his stubborn insistence on writing his way and completely refusal to try to improve based on the critical feedback he got. And he insisted for the longest time on keeping his exhausting, low-paying day-job at the local cannery, despite Beatrice pointing out that her father was perfectly willing to offer him a higher paying, more comfortable job at the family company, simply because he so deeply resented the idea of being even more beholden to his wealthy in-laws than he already was, and became even more resentful once Beatrice finally talked him into it.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: Given his status as a failed novelist and his resentment towards Beatrice's financial independence, it's hard not to read his attitude as a hateful response to the hand life has given him.
  • Resentful Guardian: To BoJack, although it was in part because of his own failed life.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: The Poor Suitor to Corbin's Rich Suitor. True to form, the wealthy socialite takes far more notice of the rough, rebellious street horse than the well-meaning, bumbling and wealthy goat. It also shows you days, months and years after the "Happily Ever After" sign: true, she might have desired to escape her shallow world but can't handle life without luxuries and he's nothing but a mad dreamer without any true talents or aspirations.

    S-Y 
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Corbin Creamerman's Sensitive Guy.
  • Significant Double Casting: Shares the same voice actor with his son.
  • Sour Grapes: His extreme right-wing political views stem from being rejected by the Beat writers he admired so much.
  • Standard '50s Father: He has the look down. The attitude, however..
  • Start of Darkness: His extreme political views and hatred of Jews stems from his inability to find work as a writer, which he blames on Jews and Communists. Although see Two Decades Behind
  • Straw Political: Espouses extreme right-wing views, such as imaginary friends being invented by communists to create welfare cheats. He is shown to have had different views when he was younger in a flashback in Season 4, wanting to get in with a group of beatnik artists he admired. It's implied that his conservative streak was mostly a bitter response to being rejected by his heroes.
    Butterscotch: Are you gonna go around the Horn like a gentleman, or cut through the Panama Canal like some kind of Democrat?
    Young!Bojack: ...The Canal?
    Butterscotch: (Dope Slap) You go around the Horn, like God intended!
  • Two Decades Behind: On top of just not being a very good writer, this is implied to be part of the reason he couldn't get published. Butterscotch tells Beatrice when they first meet that he wants to portray the "real, gritty" working class American life. However, various flashbacks show that Butterscotch has a very 1950's working class view of life, and he was trying to get published in 1960's California... during the Civil Rights movement. Add this to him blaming "Jews, liberals, and Commies" for keeping the publishers from appreciating his genius, and it's pretty clear that the great American novel he envisions had fallen out of favor by at least a decade.
  • Undignified Death: He died during a duel when he tripped and fell over a root and smashed his brains out on a rock.
  • 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, that she was well-off financially did a number on Butterscotch's life and only made him even more bitter.
  • The Unfought: In a way. Butterscotch dies and leaves a complete train wreck and ruined lives in his path: an unsatisfied, bitter wife, a screwed-up son both of which still resent him; a bastard daughter who desperately tries to find her origins and therefore her meaning and would have been majorly disappointed to know him; a destroyed maid whom he abandoned at the first sign of pregnancy and who's whistle-blowing ensured she'd be separated from her daughter postpartum and a whole lotta lies fresh in everybody's mind which make abundantly clear his cowardice and unwillingness to keep even the most basic of promises. Yet because of his conscience buried deep, he's haunted by most of his bad decisions and how his pride and cling to a dead dream destroyed his life, as well as coming to terms with his faults and shortcomings revealed in front of his peers at his most vulnerable moments.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When little BoJack gave his dad a heart-shaped, handmade card to wish him a happy Father's Day, Butterscotch only criticizes the card for its crappy design, and gives BoJack a semi-relevant (rhetorical) question about whether or not to cross the Panama Canal; when BoJack gives the "wrong" answer, Butterscotch slaps him.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: Played With. He's revealed to be Hollyhock's biological father rather than BoJack, which would mean this trope would be played straight if he were alive. He isn't though, having died in 2007 so any possible meeting and disillusionment from Hollyhock's part upon seeing Buttercotch's true reasons for abandoning her as well as his personality is averted.
  • 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. Turns out he was cheating on her, but out of all of her accusations, only his frolicking with Henrietta, the maid, is confirmed. If the rest are true or false, it's never clarified.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: He's constantly disappointed with BoJack for failing to meet up with his standards on how an American boy should be. From what we see in flashbacks those "standards" are random incomprehensible nonsense unique to him; for instance when a very young BoJack builds a treehouse himself Butterscotch is enraged that he used screws instead of nails.
  • Working-Class Hero: At the start of his youth, although a Jerk with a Heart of Gold version. Imagine Stanley Kowalski if he actually had a noble side and a better Freudian Excuse. He had little to no resources, saved money by sneaking into celebrations and drinking, lived on crude neighborhoods and knew all kinds of people from the social stratosphere. Sadly, Butterscotch had already set his goals far more on what he wanted to do rather than what he was good at, as a sort of dream better left as fantasy. And he just had to drag someone along a hopeless dream. Once he had to get real for the family's sake, his main concern with taking an office job is that losing his contact with common folk will cripple his sense of realism in his writing.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Implied. Beatrice often gets on his case with his secretary and then there's this gem from season 2:
    Beatrice: Oh, big stud, running off to gallivant with your fillies.
    • Not just implied as of Season 4, as it's revealed that he had an affair with their maid, Henrietta, who then gives birth to Hollyhock.
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