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This article is for a major supporting character in Netflix's first original animated series Bojack Horseman.

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Played by: Olivia Wilde

Charlotte Moore is a doe who had dated Herb Kazzaz in The '80s. She worked as a bartender in The Laugh Shack as Herb and BoJack developed their comedy skills performing stand-up, and became good friends with them before BoJack became a star. She was incredibly supportive of them, though one night — when she and BoJack were alone — she insinuated she preferred to get attention from him instead of her boyfriend.

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When Herb created Horsin' Around, Charlotte sensed their bohemian days were behind them, as she had only just begun to consider her own life path. Realizing that any relationship with BoJack was a lost cause, she decided to leave L.A. Unbeknownst to her, her departure marked the end of BoJack's and Herb's friendship. Eventually, she became The One That Got Away for BoJack.

Initially moving to Maine before settling in New Mexico, Charlotte stayed in touch with Herb and rekindled their friendship. At his funeral, she and BoJack catch up over a cigarette and she gives him her card as invitation to come see her. After some time, he takes her up on her invitation and meets her at her textile shop, Your Deer Friend. She then introduces him to her new family: her husband Kyle Carson, her doe daughter Penny, and her human son Trip. After a frosty first meeting, they warm up to BoJack at Charlotte's insistence, as she wants to rekindle an old friendship and she believes BoJack needs some support.

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BoJack stays with them for much longer than expected, and he becomes such a friend to the family that Charlotte and Kyle allow him to take Penny to prom. Afterwards, Charlotte and BoJack have a heart-to-heart and briefly kiss passionately, which gives her a major wake-up call. She tells him to leave in the morning. Not five minutes later, a balloon floats by, and she follows it towards BoJack's boat. There are a woman's whispers coming from the boat, so Charlotte climbs aboard to investigate. When she opens the door she sees BoJack and Penny, fully clothed in bed while she unties his bow. Disgusted and enraged, Charlotte orders Penny to go to her room before she tells BoJack to leave her driveway in 30 minutes or she'll call the police and if he ever contacts her family again she'll fucking kill him. As of season five, the two have not seen each other since.

Down to earth, practical yet with a trickster streak, Charlotte is the only love interest BoJack has had who is not concerned with advancing her career, unlike Princess Carolyn, Ana Spanakopita, or Diane Nguyen. Charlotte has built a modest though comfortable life selling clothing and jewelry, and is one of the few happy and successful characters in the show.


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  • Adorkable: See her attempting to imitate an Italian accent.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Her interpretation of Los Angeles, and by extension the pilot of what would become Horsin' Around, back when she was youngnote . She just has this hunch about how things will turn out, changing everything once BoJack and Herb are let loose into the plastic world of fantasies that is Hollywoo and she's not gonna stay and see the hubris. Unlike most females in the series, she outright defied this trope and settles first in Maine, then New Mexico with a family and not too much of a focus in standing out, finding happiness on other things.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In-between the Brief Accent Imitation to pretend they're not stealing food, Charlotte uses the word "Bon Jovi".
  • Bambification: Outside of the obvious parallel, Charlotte's presence often exudes an aura of hope and innocence in BoJack's life, be it in Flashbacks, hallucinations or just plain fantasies of life outside Hollywoo. This only serves to contrast her presence in "Escape From L.A." as even more jarring: she's unwilling to be that crutch to BoJack and it leads to a moment so horrifying that shakes her to the core.
  • The Bartender: Back when it was only her, BoJack and Herb, Charlotte used to work serving drinks in the Laugh Shack where BoJack and Herb would normally do their stand-up routine.
  • The Beard: She was this to Herb. The realization was what drove her to leave L.A.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Threatens to kill Bojack if he shows up around Tesuque or near her family again.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has short hair in the top of her head with no signs of manes or sideburns.
  • Break the Cutie: When she discovers BoJack about to sleep with her daughter, Penny. The look of horror in her face is heartbreaking. Even her voice afterwards when she's threatening him is peppered with sadness and heartbreak seething into the rage of her tone.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: What her departure ends up doing to the once Power Trio. Without her as mediator and mutual friend, BoJack and Herb's friendship starts to become more and more strained under the pressure of stardom and their divergent ideas of how Horsin' Around should be written and directed.
  • Broken Pedestal: Charlotte's appreciation and concern for BoJack was shattered when she found him about to have sex with her daughter. Only one will be able to guess how will she react when she finds out BoJack followed Penny to her college to try to apologize despite her threats.
  • Brutal Honesty: Absolutely no filter or sugarcoating what she wants or needs to say, the truth and nothing more than it even if it's as raw as possible. Her speech to BoJack about Hollywood (and one)'s toxic nature is full of this. And one of the first things she says to BoJack when meeting in Tesuque after a while?
    When's the last time you slept? You look like shit.
  • Burning the Ships: Once she finds out that BoJack was more likely to sleep with her daughter Penny, she immediately sends her to her room and then tells BoJack to get out of her house, intending to call the cops if he doesn't oblige. Needless to say, the implication is that she doesn't want to see him ever again.
  • But Now I Must Go: Once she realizes Herb cares more about BoJack and how clueless and cowardly the latter is about the romantic hints she's obviously throwing his way, she realizes she needs to find what she truly wants out of life and, she heads out to the unknown.
  • Character Check: For all the ways she has changed in 30 years, Charlotte retains some of her keen understanding of how characters' relationships work (probably better than themselves) as well as her approachable nature.
  • Character Development: Just from the Time Skip and the subtle differences in Charlotte when BoJack sees her again, one gets the sense that Charlotte has matured from being that pessimistic 20-year-old seen in Flashbacks off-screen, of all things and, sadly, that not all the changes have been for the better.
    • When she's first introduced in "The Telescope", she's peppy, easily impressed by all the advances of the era and has clearly a tight, if limited and biased, grasp on the way certain situations tend to play out: more specifically, how Hollywood tends to change people and how people like Herb and BoJack really are deep down and how that's gonna change once they make it big. She also has a more idealistic sense of how people are, wanting to give BoJack one last chance to tell her how he really feels about her before stopping and deciding that he might as well never do it.
    • Come the present, she's now a doting, down to earth mother who tries to take things as relaxed as possible, offers advice to her children about their problems and now believes that some people regardless of the environment are just inherently toxic and running away from that is only making the situation worse. She's quite patient and open minded about BoJack staying with the family, doesn't care too much about her business since "anyone can get turquoise shit anywhere in New Mexico" and tries to give Penny some advice about how to deal with life (especially things she knows and has lived through). The downfall to this mindset change is that because she hasn't seen or interacted with BoJack for a while, she's oblivious to how much, or how little, he has changed, still believing him to be the same person she knows and therefore doesn't notice the glaring signs of disaster until it's too late.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Through the series, Charlotte goes back and forth between being mentioned or occasionally appearing in Flashbacks. Then in the 2nd season, she finally makes two actual appearances: one at Herb's funeral in "Still Broken", and a major and tragic role in "Escape From L.A."
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She's mentioned and shown in a Flashback in "The Telescope" as Herb's girlfriend and someone who BoJack had a secret (and unconfessed) crush on. She returns for a brief cameo at Herb's funeral, exchanging some catch-up with BoJack and suggesting that he may visit her some time. Then comes the 2nd season episode "Escape From L.A."...
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Uses this as an excuse to skip the rest of Herb's funeral in "Still Broken", since she doesn't want to stay and be reminded of him. That's when BoJack catches her and they start to reconnect.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Inverted with her husband, Kyle. She's slim and fit, while Kyle's a Big Beautiful Man.
  • Country Mouse: She's adapted herself quite well to the life in the countryside, not having the desire of getting involved into any Hollywoo business.
  • Dead Sparks: With Herb, since he was gay. After much debating, she decides to finish the relationship due to how little chemistry they had together.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While Charlotte's not given enough screen time to shine this aspect of hers, it still pops up from time to time. Her quips are more goodnatured than what's normally expected. Some examples include:
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Why Charlotte moves to Maine. It doesn't last long, as she moved to New Mexico about a month later.
  • Due to the Dead: She returns briefly to L.A. to attend Herb's funeral.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She first appears in "The Telescope" as a friend and apparent background character in BoJack and Herb's relationship on whom the horse had a crush. Then in "Downer Ending", it becomes clear how much Charlotte's memory both tortures and enlightens BoJack as a long gone possibility for a happy future.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Charlotte's first appearance in "The Telescope" pretty much lay the foundation of her character: she salutes BoJack upon his entrance in the Laugh Shack, tries to slip him a beer when she thinks he might nervous about his act while playfully bantering with him and then makes thinly-veiled suggestions about wanting the horse to accompany her (and Herb, of course!) to see Back to the Future.
    • Later, when Herb goes to pitch the idea of Horsin' Around, Charlotte starts to show signs of self-awareness about the state of their relationships and where is everything headed, giving BoJack a Despair Speech and "The Reason You Suck" Speech at the same time and leaves.
    • Upon her reintroduction, Charlotte reaffirms her previous personality, only to show subtle changes: instead of establishing herself in one place like Maine, she stayed there for a month and then hopped adrift until landing on New Mexico; she's now married and has two children; she owns a small time business of textile fabric that she pays no heed to; and most importantly, she no longer believes anything she told BoJack about when they last met or more accurately, she does but with a different take on it.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: In the present, she has some. It's about the only sign contrasting her earlier appearance back in the eighties and indicates that she's older nowadays.
  • Foil: As luck would have it, Charlotte contrasts heavily with the women in BoJack's life.
    • Like Diane, Charlotte is also gentle, caring, a bit on the cynical side and can be resourceful on her own. The main difference is that Diane ultimately has the same ambition and underlying darkness as BoJack, choosing to stay in Hollywoo while trying to maintain her integrity. Charlotte, however, knows the score especially with having no business in L.A. and prefers the countryside without any major worries or grand dreams to hang on to. To say nothing of the most obvious parallel: their status for BoJack for The One That Got Away with Diane being in the middle of BoJack's relationship with women along Princess Carolyn.
    • Princess Carolyn says hi, Charlotte. For support, determination and no-bullshit advice, look no further than these two. Both own their personal enterprises (micro and macro, respectively) and possess a rather direct approach to things and facts without any sugar coating. Princess Carolyn aims higher by managing her own personal and professional life to the point of being a Control Freak and has a grayer moral compass while Charlotte stands firm on her principles and has more humble goals in life like raising a family and enjoying life, something Princess Carolyn has tried and failed to do. She also happened to fall in the middle of BoJack's relationships with women, with Charlotte being the beginning, PC and Diane at the middle and Wanda and Ana at the end.
    • Wanda may have something to say as well. Not the least because both of them had a thing for the washed out horse in different points of his life: Charlotte at the beginning and Wanda somewhere at the end. Wanda, being more optimistic, fell head over heels for BoJack, jumping with both feet in and ended up being disappointed by his continuous self-sabotage and negative attitude. Charlotte, much more world weary, was able to see the signs in BoJack of who he was in reality and avoided getting involved too much. Of course, it only worked the first time..
    • Surprisingly, out of the rest, it's Ana whom she shares her uncannily wisdom and ability to realize when someone's trouble, even if their moralities and sensibilities are diametrically opposite.
    • To BoJack and Herb:
      • Like Herb, she has a deep attachment to BoJack and her friends, but while Herb has ambitions and follows them, Charlotte comes to the realization that she's coat tailing someone else's without stopping to think about her own.
      • Charlotte has a family, is perfectly happy and stable and is simply able to live a normal, uneventful life due to having left BoJack and L.A. behind. BoJack's life is completely out of control, has no children, family or stable friendships all because he chose a life in L.A. instead of going with Charlotte.
  • Formerly Fit: Downplayed. In her youth, Charlotte had a noticeable slim figure and while she hasn't let herself go, she's a little more chubby.
  • Freak Out!: After discovering BoJack and Penny in the boat's bed.
  • A Friend in Need: The reason why she allows BoJack to stay with her family. She knows he needs some support right now and she's willing to give it. Of course, there may have been something else there....

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  • The Gadfly: Part of what gives her an edge on BoJack and she certainly runs the whole yard with it. Yes, she could go the easier way and simply be upfront about what she knows, telling you what she really thinks and what you should do, but from her perspective, it wouldn't be half as fun. Coyness might be the answer; after all, how else could she catch someone by surprise other than feigning ignorance about the subject they're most ashamed of, only to then reveal everything she knows about it and playfully tease about the kind of horrid actions the person might have done, in a friendly, forgiving tone of course! Honestly, did he thought she didn't knew? How about nonchalance to the whole incident? Or being disarmingly upfront about how everyone is responsible for their own suffering in an obviously disguised joke? Or getting a kick out of toying with everyone she thinks might need a personality check? Making it spicier, Charlotte usually hides genuine advice in-between while pretending to use a rather poised façade, mixing equal parts honesty and just plain messing around.
  • Gaydar: She could quickly tell Herb wasn't really attracted to her, hence why she would often try to include BoJack in their plans: as a not-so-subtle way to flirt with him.
  • The Generation Gap: Deconstructed in her relationship with Penny, her daughter. Charlotte, being older and wiser, knows exactly what's going through her daughter's life and mind, but because of her rather peaceful approach and Penny's impulsiveness and chaotic feelings, she's unable to reach out to her no matter what she does. And Penny's not going to start listening anyway, so any advice is branded as typical "parents don't understand" clueless advice, disregarding any merit the advice has. Being similar, yet in different stages of life also shows in rather terrifying parallels: Charlotte keeps BoJack at bay during most of the time he's visiting and argues against his impulsive decision of them eloping together despite still (possibly) attracted to him; Penny, due to her inexperience and similar taste, becomes smitten with BoJack and due to them having the same mindsets with none of the foresight, they propel each other's bad decisions without stopping to think about the consequences. Needless to say, neither of these choices turn out to be wise, colliding in a life changing incident.
  • Get Out!: She tells this to BoJack after catching him in a compromising situation with her daughter.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: When she tells BoJack what she'll do if he ever comes back near her family as a way to emphasize how much she means it. And, boy, will she seriously destroy him when she finds out about the incident at Oberlin.
  • Go to Your Room!: A darker example than the rest. Charlotte yells at Penny to get to her room not because she misbehaved, but because she's just caught her daughter and BoJack in some rather intimate circumstances and is about to let BoJack have it.
  • Good Parents: Well, she tries. Alas, the rift between a teenager and a middle-age woman aren't easily overcome, and the leeway given to a certain family friend sure did a number on the family dynamic...
  • Happily Married: She is in a stable, loving, and and secure marriage with Kyle; this reveal to BoJack in "Escape From L.A." makes him very shocked and regretful.
  • Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: A variated, non-supernatural justified and played with example. During a talk at a fireside, Charlotte tells BoJack as much, even if she does not outright say it. A far cry from her statement back in The '80s, Charlotte has stopped seeing the environment as toxic and more the person who continually feels that way. As she explains, Bojack might try to escape as much as he wants from what he does or who he is, but the only way he will stop screwing up good things is if he truly makes a change; otherwise, it will follow him wherever he goes. A truly hard-earned change, no shortcuts included. For her, changing and adapting is the only way to stop screwing up. However, well, see Bojack's character page for how bad such thing may work out.
    Charlotte: I'm just saying, like it doesn't matter where you are, it's who you are, and that's not gonna change whether you're in California or Maine or New Mexico. You know, you can't escape you.
  • Helpful Hallucination: In "Downer Ending", when a vision of her continually appears to BoJack to guide through ways he could get out of the "tar pit" and help him picture a possible life outside of it, including a country life in Maine and having a daughter named Harper, spending the days simply living. Then, she gently reminds him he shouldn't be living with such stress in his life and could have had peace if he had decided to take it when he could.
  • Hero of Another Story: Hangs around the edges, living her life with only occasional references or pictures of her until her actual appearance in person in "Still Broken".
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Zigzagged. Charlotte's glad to see BoJack visiting her, which makes her ignore some rather questionable signs of his true intentions like him moving next to the Carsons's house for two months and even allowing him to take Penny to the prom. She does, however, notice something is troubling him and even has a heart to heart with BoJack in which she realizes how sad and lonely he is and how much trouble he could cause if he stays. Justified since Charlotte hasn't seen BoJack in a while and is at a loss of how much he has devolved since. It doesn't help they never sorted out their feelings in person and that BoJack isn't the kind of person anyone would expect to sink that low.
  • Housewife: Very much so. Although she's not the only one who does chores around the house, she's the one who does them the most.
  • Humble Hero: She honestly doesn't make a big deal of how good things have turned out for her, simply acknowledging it and then reminding herself (and others) how the shop, the life and the normalcy are just choices and nothing more.
  • I Hate Past Me: Once BoJack mentions their last conversation and her thoughts on Hollywoo and how it changes people, Charlotte simply blushes in embarrassment and even smiles. So little she knew back then about everything, especially people.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her denim jacket. She used a sleeveless one back in The '80s, nowadays using a normal one.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: ... Or come near her, or even try to contact anyone in her family, she'll fucking kill you, BoJack. Given what he did back at Penny's college, she might do good on her warning.
  • I'll Kill You!: Add "fucking" inbetween the words, and you've got an effective ship-burning as far as BoJack and the closeness of his relationship with the Carsons is concerned.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Zig-Zagged. When BoJack returns to Charlotte's life, she's married to Kyle, a human, and therefore has apparently no interest in rekindling any relationship with him beyond friendship, although BoJack prefers to believe otherwise. However, during a brief moment after Penny's (unbeknownst to Charlotte) disastrous prom night, they both briefly spend some time talking, laughing and catching up, remembering some good times they had. And then BoJack and Charlotte kiss passionately, with Charlotte briefly giving in before backing away. Once the moment is over, she tells him to go away, listing valid reasons why things wouldn't work, as if she's trying to convince both of them not to go through with a regrettable decision. Most tellingly, Charlotte tells him that his sole presence "makes her sad" and she's shown sighing after he leaves. Of course, this is all horrifyingly settled once Charlotte follows a certain suspicious green balloon to BoJack's boat and hears the voices of her daughter Penny and the horse in the bedroom...
  • Implied Death Threat: Averted. There's no doubt about what she said when she threatens BoJack. He should only be grateful she gave him a grace period at all.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Not entirely, for obvious reasons. But her eyes were explicitly drawn to resemble Olivia Wilde's.
  • Incompatible Orientation: She used to date Herb, who was Straight Gay and more interested in BoJack. As she slowly realized that they had different goals, Charlotte decided to leave Hollywood since she noted that "she isn't the person Herb is looking for".
  • Interspecies Friendship: With BoJack (a horse) and Herb (a human). She remained friends with Herb after their breakup until his death from cancer and a peanut truck crash, while her friendship with BoJack hit an stagnation point after The '80s and was put to rest after the incidents of "Escape From L.A.".
  • Interspecies Romance: She (a doe) was in a relationship with Herb (a human), and now is married to Kyle, another human.
  • Irony: Charlotte's idyllic life in New Mexico is ruined by BoJack trying to impose his own version of an idyllic life together.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Downplayed. Twenty years later, Charlotte has wrinkles and gained a few pounds, but is otherwise still as good looking as she was as an young adult.
  • Just Friends: Twice she attempts this with people from her past, with varied results.
    • "The Telescope" reveals that she and Herb never really lost touch after she left L.A. and continue talking to each other. Herb advises BoJack to give her a call.
    • She tries this with BoJack after reuniting in "Escape From L.A.", but through a mixture of him trying to replicate his dream life with her by hanging on to her Family and her unwillingness to think too hard about the past and what could have been, it collapses instead.
  • Kirk Summation: Besides her "Reason You Suck" Speech and Have You Tried Not Being a Monster? speech below, she lets BoJack have it in "Escape From L.A." after he tries seducing her, listing all that's wrong with him in the first place:
    I have worked very hard to build this life for myself. I am happy here. And you just roll into my life like a hurricane. Why? Because we knew each other for five minutes 30 years ago? I don't know you. [...] I don't. And you don't know me. [...] I don't care where you go, BoJack, but I can't have you around here. You make me too sad.
  • Leaving You to Find Myself: The breaking point for Charlotte's decision to say good riddance to L.A. was realizing she was in a loveless relationship following around two guys whose dreams weren't the same as hers. In order to find what could truly make her feel complete, she makes the choice of expanding beyond the city, although it's implied from her conversation with BoJack that she'd have considered staying if he had showed any interest in anything serious with her.
  • Liquid Courage: Invoked from her part in "The Telescope". When BoJack's about to go up on stage to do his stand-up act, Charlotte secretly slips him a beer behing her boss's back for some reassurance. He refuses. Go figure.
  • Little "No": Said word by word after she opens the boat's door and finds Penny in BoJack's bed undressing him.
  • Love Triangle: A major factor in the breaking up of Charlotte's group of friends was this between her, BoJack and Herb. While Herb cared for Charlotte, he was gay and therefore couldn't reciprocate physically. Charlotte, while similarly affectionate towards him, was more interested in BoJack, who due to his cowardice and single-minded obsession with fame, refused to acknowledge it even if he wanted her as well. Seeing no place in either of these guys' futures, Charlotte decided to split.
  • Lust Object: For BoJack, although unlike other examples of the trope, he is genuinely interested in Charlotte, even if it's made painfully clear that he's interested in who she was rather than who she is now.

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  • Mama Bear: She threatens to kill Bojack if he tries to contact her daughter again after he nearly sleeps with her.
  • The Marvelous Deer: Especially during possible alternate scenarios, Charlotte always gives the vibe of the unreachable for the drunken horse. Her presence can sometimes be somewhat supernatural due how well she mixes a down to earth approach to everything that comes her way with the "force-of-nature" personality impact she has had on BoJack. Of course, part of this is invoked, since she only has these qualities in his memory and he's clearly clinging to a memory of her rather than the real deal. When those two versions meet, the results are not pretty.
  • Mellow Fellow: Gender Flipped version. Very calm, rarely gets worked about something and tries to defuse conflicts as much as she can. That being said, when the fuse is short of exploding, this trope goes out of the window and it shows.
  • Minor Major Character: She doesn't appear as often as other important supporting characters like Sarah Lynn, yet nevertheless she's one of the biggest influences in BoJack's life and each of her appearances often result in big changes for the series. Without her, BoJack would probably have no other alternative than Hollywoo and might have not committed one, no, check that, two of his greatest failures.
  • Muggle: Or as BoJack would so-unelegantly put it, a "non-famous". Needless to say, this makes her one of the most stable and reasonable people in the show.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Sort of, to Herb and BoJack. Two high profile celebrities, one a famed screenwriter and philanthropist and the other the star of the famed sitcom Horsin' Around are (well, were) friends with a woman living in Maine beyond the public's eye.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Twenty years passing and Exhausted Eyebags not withstanding, she looks the exact same way she used to be other than a few wrinkles here and there. She and Penny could even pass up as sisters.
  • My Card: She gives Bojack her card and direction after Herb's funeral in case he wants to visit.
  • New Old Flame: Played With. Charlotte appears once again in season 2 and once she talks with Bojack and gives him her card suggesting he visits her at New Mexico sometime, the show appears to be setting them up as a possible couple, only to then subvert it when it turns out she's now married and has no outward interest in taking a trip down memory's lane like BoJack'd wish. Of course, it's not like she had been waiting him all those years.
  • Nice Girl: She's always helpful, kind and caring. When BoJack shows up at Tesuque to visit her, she offers him to stay a while at her house after seeing how tired he is. Of course, that doesn't mean she won't threaten to kill you if you try to sleep with her daughter.
  • No Place for Me There: During the art reunion in "The Telescope", Charlotte, seeing Herb making his move at the ABC executives for a pitch and BoJack trying to fill her purse with mini-quiches, starts thinking about her future and realizes that tying herself further with her friends will lead her to a rather bright future...but not the one she wants or desires, basically hanging onto someone else's dream without any possibility of ever living her own. As such, she secretly announces to BoJack she's leaving, realizing she doesn't want what they both want and needs to find her own purpose.
  • Older and Wiser: Somewhat. She's certainly accommodated into normalcy, is more mature than she was back in the day and even has a better grasp on people around her than 20 years ago. That being said, she's not exactly used to reevaluating people after several years of knowing them, as she can attest to BoJack's disastrous visit to Tesuque.
  • Older Than They Look: She's only a few years younger than BoJack, but when BoJack meets her again, almost 20 years later, she looks almost unchanged save a few wrinkles here and there. She could even pass as Penny's sister instead of mother.
  • Old Friend: One of BoJack's friends from The '80s, as well as an Old Possible Flame. By season 2, she's the last friend he has left from around that era. Deconstruction ensues that inevitably lead to its collapse in "Escape From L.A."
  • One-Hour Work Week: She handles personally a textile shop and judging by her informality when it comes to work hours, she can come and go anytime she pleases.
  • The One That Got Away: Bojack is still incredibly hung up on her to the point that he eventually goes to New Mexico just to find her and realizes that she has truly gotten away for the better.
  • The One Who Made It Out: Out of the three friends from Hollywood, she's the only one who was smart enough to leave Hollywood when she could, and turned out all the better because of it. Too bad she invited that toxic side back into her life..
  • Only Sane Woman: Out of the group of friends BoJack had in The '80s. She has backpedaled from this in the present, but it still crops up from time to time, such as dealing with BoJack.
  • Only Shop in Town: Averted. Charlotte can get up and leave in the middle of the day just like when BoJack visits her at the shop and, of course, the place being New Mexico, it's not like they have a shortage of textile shops.
    Charlotte: (about people wanting to buy fabric in her shop) It's New Mexico. They'll find it.
  • Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: In one of the most horrible examples of the trope, Charlotte ends up walking into an (apparent) intimate moment between BoJack and Penny aboard the ship.
  • Peerless Love Interest: For BoJack, Charlotte will always be that special someone who left, that shine of light that makes him reminisce about the good times in The '80s, that high standard that is always held to comparison against other romantic relationships in his life. Too bad they never really dated or get to know each other that well, since that makes him over exaggerate Charlotte's friendship into one with such high standards that every single romantic attachment, with its flaws and all, ends coming short and feeling hollow. Eventually, when they reunite and he finds out that his fantasy Charlotte's life is very different from the real one's, his eventual lashing out collapses any friendship left between the two.
  • Power Trio: Used to be part of one with BoJack and Herb in The '80s.
  • Precision F-Strike: Gives the f-bomb in the second season after catching BoJack in a compromising situation with her daughter. While she doesn't raise her voice much, her words leave no doubt as to her anger.
    Bojack: Charlotte, I'm so sorry—
    Charlotte: Don't. Don't you dare. If you are not out of my driveway in thirty minutes, I will call the police. And if you ever try to contact me or my family again, I will fucking kill you.
  • Present Absence: Even 20 years after having seen her for the last time, she's still fresh in BoJack's mind.
  • Pun-Based Title: Her shop is called "Your Deer Friend".
  • Purple Eyes: A pair, which point to her importance by being The One That Got Away and an major friend of BoJack in the past and her reappearance leading to one of the most devastating moments in both of their lives.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Before leaving L.A., Charlotte gave BoJack a short, but painful and accurate one. Worst of all, it didn't came out of hatred or exasperation, but of disappointment:
    Hey, do you ever wonder what would have happened if you'd met me before Herb did? Would you have made a move on me? [...] I don't think you would have. You know why? I think you're a coward.
  • Rebel Relaxation: During her re-introduction in "Still Broken", as she unwinds with a smoke under the fresh cover of a tree after Herb's funeral.
  • Relative Button: A little advice: Don't mess with her daughter.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Female variant. Charlotte's, compared to the majority of women in Hollywoo, not exceptionally beautiful or standing out in any way. She makes up for it for being genuine and upstanding, virtues BoJack craves.

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  • Saw "Star Wars" 27 Times: In her first Flashback appearance from The '80s, Charlotte mentions to BoJack that she and Herb later are heading to watch Back to the Future again when passing through the comedy club.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Her reaction to Herb scoring the television project and BoJack simply being content with what he has. Since they both seem to have their own plans and they deviate from any kind of group thing, Charlotte decides she has to leave in order to find her own path.
  • Second Episode Introduction: For such an important character, she's introduced in the eighth episode, "The Telescope".
  • Secondary Sexual Characteristics: A Humanoid Female Animal with Furry Female Mane, curvy figure, breasts and groomed style.
  • Self-Made Woman: Nowadays, she owns and works in a textile store in the streets of Tesuque, New Mexico and seems to get a reliable income from it, even if she admits it's not the only textile store in town.
  • Sherlock Scan: Deconstructed. Charlotte has shown time and time again an uncanny ability to assess situations and correctly peg people to act accordingly: Be it Herb, BoJack, Hollywood itself and how things play out, she listens, understands and is capable of making decisions that favor her. Unfortunately, the reencounter with BoJack shows an unexpected loophole: once she has people identified, she never double checks. Her interactions with BoJack are based on how she remembers him, without taking into account the 20+ years that have passed and how much he has changed since. She's not wrong about him, but she's wrong enough. As expected, this leads to a rather harsh reality check for her. And complications for BoJack down the road: no longer will she believe he's the same guy from The '80s, but now she may believe him to be someone far worse than who he really is.
  • Ship Sinking: Any chance Bojack had to reunite with Charlotte was shot and left to bleed out when he discovered she was married. And it was put out of its misery when she caught him with her daughter.
  • Ship Tease: Charlotte's interactions with BoJack back in the day had shades of this, with her often dropping hints about a reciprocating attraction towards him and often hanging out with him more than Herb. One interpretation for her final speech to him before leaving L.A. and before discovering him with her daughter is Charlotte reminding herself that as much attraction as there is between them, BoJack is not a viable romantic partner.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In the present, she has settled down with Kyle Carson, a good guy and supportive husband who clearly makes her happy. This is why she refutes BoJack's attempts to get her to run away with him.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: When she was younger, Charlotte used to wear a sleeveless version of her denim jacket.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In "Escape From L.A.". Her daughter Penny might be the protagonist, but ultimately Charlotte serves as the catalyst for the events and has the most important role in the episode.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Charlotte now owns a hand-woven crafts shop filled with blankets and other stuff called "Your Deer Friend" in Tesuque, although she's not over enthusiastic about it and admits that there are a lot of shops like that around.
  • Tranquil Fury: When she's rattled enough, as BoJack finds out. She never really raises her voice, but it's clear that every word she's spitting is meant to the fullest extent possible, and there's no doubt to anyone that she'll keep her promise of trying to kill BoJack if he ever returns.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Had this with BoJack back in The '80s, since it's clear from their interactions that Charlotte and him have much more chemistry than she and Herb, not to say about how she often confides more into him than Herb. From their last interaction, it's revealed that Herb spotted her first and actually had the guts to go talk to her (despite being gay), while BoJack who was interested, never moved a finger. Charlotte catches around this and decides to shoot down a possible relationship when she decides to leave L.A. based on his supposed cowardly nature. When they're reunited 20 years later, she seems to be a little more supportive of him than she should, and when his attraction is made evident, the arguments she gives to stop are more like reminders for herself rather than outright dismissals.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Modeled after Olivia Wilde's according to Word of God.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A rare western example. Her family, Kyle especially, can attest to that and no mistake on her part to prefer it that way. Calm and nurturing, Charlotte is certainly firm in situations that call for it and holds a presence in the room without being overbearing making it less sudden the moments when she steps her foot down. She can go back forth between playfully crass and softly supporting without missing a beat or making that big of change in her demeanor.
  • You Make Me Sick: One of the most heartbreaking variations in Western Animation. After BoJack pushes too much in the subject of running away, Charlotte breaks it off with these final nails in the coffin:
    I don't care where you go, BoJack, but I can't have you around here. You make me too sad.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Flirted around with, but ultimately subverted.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Discussed. She explains to BoJack that this is the reason why she doesn't like attending funerals: the tears that swell up in her eyes usually ruin her mascara and she doesn't want to make an scene at Herb's funeral.

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