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Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilberschlag-Hsung-Fonzarelli-McQuack

"Ever since I was a baby, people have told me I look a lot like BoJack Horseman."

Played by: Aparna Nancherla

First appearance: "That Went Well"
Official Debut: "Hooray! Todd Episode!"

"...That's a terrible thing to say to a baby!"
Todd, in response to Hollyhock's mentioning of her resemblance to BoJack.

A young horse girl who might be BoJack's illegitimate daughter. Living with her eight adoptive dads.

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  • Adorkable: She's friendly, awkward, and does a lot of weird stuff. She even admits she knows how dorky she is.
  • Adult Fear: A few examples, toward Hollyhock and from her perspective.
    • Hollyhock wonders why her parents gave her up, and worries that they didn't want her. She also worries that, if she does find them, they won't want her in their life.
    • She also wonders while looking for Beatrice in "Commence Fracking" whether senile dementia is hereditary and even calls out BoJack for being willing to take advantage of the situation and not caring about his mother by raising the point that this might happen to them in the future and then who's gonna be there for them when it happens?
    • From BoJack's perspective, he is afraid that, as his daughter, she'll inherit his dysfunctions, or that by being a part of her life, he'll screw her up.
    • The reveal that Beatrice has been drugging her with weight loss pills under BoJack's nose.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: She reveals in "Commence Fracking" that the simple fact that she's looking for her mother makes her feel guilty, as she grew up in a healthy home with everything she could have asked for. Essentially, she feels like she doesn't know who she is or where she belongs.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the Classical Anti-Hero type. Hollyhock'd be an Ideal Hero if she was interested in being a crusader or had more confidence in herself. Still, she's cynical enough to know Hollywoo is a cesspool and knows enough to handle it in her favor, even if she's occasionally blindsided by her idealism.
  • Big Eater: She has a huge appetite that is similar to BoJack's.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's shown to be very intelligent when academics come up. She even graduated high school early and is taking a gap year during the time she's with BoJack.
  • Break the Cutie: Her reaction to a possible break-up with Miles and silent acknowledgement that BoJack might have been right to warn her about Hollywoo's superficiality.
  • Broken Ace: Her wall is filled with achievements, trophies and even pictures of loved ones and friends, but she still feels adrift due to her lack of knowledge about her birth parents.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: The first relationship BoJack doesn't destroy and actually keeps by the end of the season.
  • The Bus Came Back: She reappears in Season 5, though she makes only a few cameos. It's justified, since she's going off to college and no longer has the time to deal with BoJack.
  • Characterization Marches On: At the beginning of Season 4, she comes off as much lazier and more selfish than her later energetic and moral portrayal.
    • Hollyhock's idealism is presented as both a virtue and flaw, especially in a place like Hollywoo where disappointment and backstabbing abound. Even though she's been taken advantage of, she refuses to become cynical, instead just being more cautious.
    • Hollyhock, at the beginning of season 4, was emotionally at sea, with the unconditional love her adopted dads gave her still not enough compared to the void created by the question of why she was given up for adoption in the first place and the reasons why they might not have been able to take care of her, all making her unsure of herself. As the season progresses, Holly's Hollywoo stay gives her some space to figure out what she wants and establish her sense of self apart from anyone, even her supposed father BoJack. By the end, as she recaps everything that has happened, Hollyhock seems to be have come to terms with who she is as a person rather than what she lacks.
  • Character Tics: Circles her knee with a finger while she sits and talks.
  • Cliffhanger: Her appearance in the season 3 finale serves to set up a hanging plot point for season 4.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: When looking around Hollywoo for BoJack, she stumbles onto Todd in a backyard. Todd initially tries to defend himself, since her trenchcoat makes her look imposing.
  • Daddy's Girl: She was Happily Adopted by eight gay men in a polyamorous relationship, even keeping a collage of pictures of them when she was staying with BoJack.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: She seriously hopes so. As it turns out, she did; Henrietta, her mother, got pregnant after being seduced by Butterscotch. She wanted to raise Hollyhock but doing so meant giving up her medical studies career, and she was unwilling to have an abortion. Beatrice actually invoked this; she says Henrietta has no idea what she's getting into and will eventually regret giving up her future for her baby, turning their relationship into abuse and hatred. Beatrice gives Henrietta a compromise; she'll pay for the hospital bills and Henrietta's studies, but only if Henrietta gives the baby up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While nicer about it than BoJack, she's still a snarker.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Long-Lost Relative. She still feels a necessity to connect, but she has lived a pretty fulfilling life with no problems raised by eight loving fathers. Hollyhock even admits she feels totally out of place in Hollywoo, since she has everything she could want besides closure on one issue. Of course, this hasn't quenched her desire to meet her actual parents, creating an emotional dissonance from her perspective; if she still needs to meet them, then weren't her "adopted" parents enough for her? Hollyhock examines such unexplored themes as a character with her conflicted perspective and search of identity being what drives her through most of her arc rather than a heartwarming reunion. As it turns out, there's also the tiny details of where does she fit in the family tree. She assumes she's BoJack's daughter (enough family traits as well) but she's not certain. Due to BoJack's long list of lovers (and even some of them having moved out of Hollywoo since then), who's her mother remains an interrogative and as such it also calls her claim's legitimacy in question. It's revealed she does belong in BoJack's his half-sister.
  • Demoted to Extra: Post-season 4, since she's leaving for college.
  • Descent into Addiction: What her parents believe happened to her after reports reach them about Hollyhock suffering an amphetamines overdose. She was actually being drugged without her knowledge by Beatrice.
  • Deuteragonist: In season 4, paralleling BoJack and Beatrice.
  • Does Not Like Spam:
    • She hates applesauce, citing it's too slimy.
    • In "What Time is it Right Now?", she admits to hating honeydew, like BoJack. She even calls honeydew "the Jared Leto of fruits", which BoJack agrees with wholeheartedly.
  • Dramatic Irony: She's the only one of the house's inhabitants who's remotely nice to Beatrice, despite the fact that Beatrice is the one who forced her mother to give her up in the first place and is secretly drugging her in the present, leading to her amphetamine overdose.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Hollyhock didn't have her ear piercings in her first appearance back in season 3.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: While she suffers an overdose after getting "Chub-Be-Gone" in her coffee courtesy of Beatrice in "lovin' that cali lifestyle", Hollyhock eventually recovers and gets her real mother's name, Henrietta Platchkey, courtesy of an apparently anonymous BoJack. She heads to Minneapolis to visit her, and tells BoJack she's glad to have a brother.
  • Family of Choice: Her eventual relationship with Bojack. After it's revealed that he's actually her biological half-brother, Hollhock tells him that she has eight dads already, but she's never had a brother, elicting a genuine smile from Bojack.
  • Fake Guest Star: Hollyhock is a major recurring character in season 4, yet Aparna Nancherla is still billed as "Guest Starring".
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: Less because she and BoJack were raised together, and more about its repercussions. Even when Hollyhock was raised by eight gay men and had a happy childhood, her appearance and mysterious past made her guess she was somehow related to BJ. Of course, since Butterscotch and Henrietta's affair was kept hush-hush and BoJack was really sexually active during The '90s, all Hollyhock can do is assume she's his daughter. By season 4's end, they both learn otherwise.
  • Fat and Skinny: The Big Beautiful Woman to Penny's Hollywood Pudgy.
  • Fatal Flaw: Naïveté, Impulsivity and Mommy Issues.
    • Being a Logical Latecomer to Hollywoo, she's weirded out by most of the characters, even if she adapts quick enough to blend in. This is especially apparent in hers and BoJack's fight over her dating Miles in "The Judge": she believes that not all people have to be superficial and selfish, especially when dating someone no matter what they look (Hollyhock's kinda pudgy, you see), while BJ takes the cynical approach that he will eventually get tired of her and move to another thinner girl. While Hollyhock turns out to be sort of right, what she fails to consider is a middle point between the two: Miles may not be a jerk, but he will sure sell out his relationship with Hollyhock for a price; namely, stardom. She never finds out about this and BoJack, out of concern for her, never tells her, but she can tell there's something wrong.
    • Hollyhock is the same as BoJack, only with a bit more impulse control. Nobody can work miracles, since she finds it very easy to move around the place at her will: Todd isn't that happy with her using chloroform on him every time they meet and she certainly makes rash/stupid decisions over there: getting to Hollywoo as quickly as possible on her own, doing as little as possible to get a DNA test to confirm her relation with BoJack other than mooch around his house, eat and take selfies; pushes BoJack into doing a lot of sudden choices without too much thought like accepting Beatrice back; then, constantly calling him out on not being the best horseman or father figure to hang around in spite of how that's public knowledge now and pushing him to treat Beatrice better despite knowing little to nothing about their history. She does come around a bit in this regard, downplaying this as the season progresses.
    • Because she grew without meeting her real parents, Hollyhock has a mild Berserk Button when she feels people don't value their parents: while most of her complaints about BoJack's treatment of Beatrice do have a point, but have a bit of a "couldn't you be more appreciative and get over your baggage with her?" tone. It doesn't help that Beatrice's dementia and slightly kooky nature makes Hollyhock give her a pass in most of her actions, nor that her desire to reconnect with a mother figure has her convince BoJack to take her in after she's kicked out of the nursing home. Needless to say, this creates a bigger tension during the first few weeks because of BoJack's desire to tell his mother to "fuck off" and leads her to trust Bea more than she really should.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Her name comes from the vulgar name of the alcea, hollyhock. It has its reasons to be, see Meaningful Name below.
  • Foil:
    • To both BoJack and Beatrice. Different than them, she was raised outside of the family, and although she shows signs of depression, she holds no resentment or bitterness. She was raised by loving and supportive parents different than them and shows how good a family can influence a child's life.
    • To Penny Carson. Penny was innocent, mature and knew when to call people on their bullshit but she was also quite impulsive and her desire to appear grown-up and independent led to impulsive paths, a clumsy attempt to lose her virginity and morally questionable decision-making. She was also a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and trusted BoJack. Hollyhock is a bit more childish in tastes but has a strong grasp on morality, knows better about the situation she's getting herself into, can be self-sufficient and is smart enough to not do anything on impulse or emotional burst: in other words, she's as mature as she seems. She also is a Nice Girl and doesn't completely trust BoJack.
  • Forgets to Eat: During her stay at BoJack's, Hollyhock increasingly becomes thinner and expresses no desire to eat in most of her scenes other than simply drinking coffee. While he believes it's because of her becoming self-concious about her weight, it's revealed she's been drinking coffee laced with amphetamines, which explain her lack of appetite.

  • Gender Equals Breed: Averted. Hollyhock is female and looks a lot like BoJack, making it seem at first glance that he's her father, while contradicting other examples where this trope is played straight. However, it's later revealed that Butterscotch is Hollyhock's father who he had with a human maid, Henrietta Platchkey, making it another similar aversion.
  • Given Name Reveal: Her name is Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilberschlag-Hsung-Fonzerelli-McQuack. Her absurdly long last name is on account of her eight adopted dads.
  • Good Is Not Dumb:
    • Hollyhock arrives at Hollywoo searching for BoJack himself, hoping to do a DNA test to see if he's her father and hoping to find her mother. She also doesn't expect him to assume any kind of responsibility, having read One Trick Pony, and tries to be self-sufficient during her stay with him.
    • She also sees through his lies, often states the obvious solution and doesn't condone any of his vitriol or self-destructive behavior.
    • Hollyhock isn't aware of the history between BoJack and "Gram-Gram" Beatrice and she doesn't deny that his stories and reasons for wanting revenge on her aren't real, but since she's a dementia-riddled horsewoman who's probably living her last months and no longer has idea where she is, she thinks he should simply let it go. It's unhealthy and pointless.
    • She doesn't exactly know who poisoned the coffeenote , but she correctly guesses it wasn't BoJack and through her deciphering of her dads' code, she knows he was responsible for finding her mother.
  • Greeting Gesture Confusion: When she gets picked up from the airport, Hollyhock is happy to see BoJack and expects a hug...only for BJ to clumsily pick up her baggage instead. This marks the beginning of Hollyhock's uncomfortable visit.
  • Happily Adopted: Hollyhock seems to be very happy with her eight adoptive fathers, but is still interested in knowing who her biological father and mother are.
  • Has Two Mommies: Gender-inverted and exaggerated: She was adopted by eight gay mennote  in a polygamous marriage, hence her Overly Long Name.
  • Haughty "Hmph": After having a spat with BoJack in "Commence Fracking", Hollyhock leaves on her own to find all the women BoJack slept with in The '90s to see if any of them is her mother. When BJ still manages to find her, Holly just "hmphs" in frustration and tries to leave, only to give in later.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: Offhandedly mentions that she and Miles "slept together" as not a big deal and much to no one's surprise.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Upon returning in "Ancient History", Hollyhock keeps mentioning an aspiring musician named Joby whom she seems to get along pretty well. As BoJack picks up on it and teases her about it, she clumsily denies it, arguing his "jawline is, like, dumb".
  • Heroic Bastard: The possible illegitimate child of BoJack and unknown woman who nonetheless grew up to becomes a caring and sweet person. Later on, it turns out that she's not BoJack's illegitimate child... she's Butterscotch's, as a result of an affair he had with his maid, Henrietta.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: It's heavily implied in "Stupid Piece of Shit" that her Inner Monologue is very similar to BoJack's, filled with contemptuous remarks and digs at herself for everything she does. The fact that BoJack tries like hell to avoid facing her and his mother for most of the episode doesn't help.
  • History Repeats:
    • Upon closer look, her life resembles more and more the life of her estranged possible birth father: parental abandonment, been at the top of the game yet still attempting to reach out to people for approval, hidden insecurities...If they encounter at all in season 4, there might be some connection, granted their flaws don't clash upon first encounter.
    • In season 4 itself, this is played with. She varies greatly from Bojack in upbringing and has a little more self-control, but "Stupid Piece of Sh*t" implies she's developing the same inner monologue of self-hate that eats away at Bojack.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: invoked Discussed as part of her becoming more self-conscious being in LA around extra thin and attractive models. She's on the heavier side but not in an unhealthy way, her body type is not much different than Bojack who's also implied to be out of shape.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: Hollyhock is a female horse and BoJack might possibly be her father. Whether her mother is human or an animal is unknown for most of the season. It's revealed that BoJack is not her father, it's actually his father, Butterscotch, who is the father. Hollyhock's mother is a human nurse named Henrietta Platchkey.
  • Identical Granddaughter: It's implied that she looks like her paternal grandmother as Butterscotch fell for Henrietta due to having similar hair as well as Beatrice for having a diamond, which Hollyhock has both of.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Hollyhock first appears at the end of season 3 and has a big role in season 4. She is the main character's illegitimate daughter except she's actually his half-sister and her presence forces BoJack to man up and grow as a person to earn her trust and love, with Character Development finally kicking in.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Not initially, but during the brief time she dates Miles in "The Judge", Hollyhock does end up having a little image crisis concerning her weight, calling herself a "blob" which in hindsight should have been a clue that she was being drugged. Not helping is BoJack's suspicions about Miles using Hollyhock due to his knowledge of Hollywoo shallowness which makes him unwittingly insult her by comparing her to the type of women Hollywoo considers "beautiful". It doesn't help that Miles was actually using her to get BoJack to read his script, something which he ultimately doesn't tell Hollyhock to spare her feelings.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Hailing from a more emotionally fulfilling background than her biological family and with above-average smarts has made Hollyhock immune to Hollywoo's charms since she easily see through the vacuous flashiness and shilling of the city and gaze at the Creative Sterility and rampant Anti-Intellectualism behind the curtain. Such awareness also has the downside of displacing her in such setting, since being one of the few still baffled and unwilling to submit to the sheer weirdness of the setting makes her feel like an outsider in every aspect.
  • Interspecies Friendship: One of the pictures in her room is of a dog hugging her, implying this trope. Also, ironic considering BoJack's relationship with Mr. Peanutbutter.
  • Intoxication Ensues: It is eventually revealed that BoJack's mother had been lacing her coffee with fat burner amphetamines that takes it toll on her body and cognitive awareness. There are hints that she's being doped with something, though.
    • In "The Judge", she mentions she's been getting claustrophobic from being locked in the house, and then she mentions feeling "ants in her arms." She also starts getting self-conscious about her weight. All of this precedes her becoming hyper-attentive and manic, arranging all the coins she could find into piles, and watching TV late at night just to see how fast she can change channels.
    • In "Ruthie", BoJack mentions how he chose Diane to accompany him to the adoption agency instead of Hollyhock because she's been "counting her teeth".
    • It's finally revealed n "Lovin' that cali lifestyle!", she feels awful during a game of UNO, loses equilibrium while getting a glass and hurts herself, loses her sense of direction, and passes out in BoJack's bathroom.
  • It Amused Me: Why did she drugged Todd with chloroform a second time in "Hooray! Todd Episode!"? Because it's cool and funny! Also, it's not like you can't not use it when you have it.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Implied. As it turns out, Hollyhock's birth name is just "Horse Girl". Given that Beatrice, Butterscotch's real wife was the one who gave her, her husband's illegitimate offspring, up for adoption as a baby and was most likely the one who made the process of her birth certificate, it's more than likely this was the intention.
  • It Runs in the Family: Laziness, depression and abandonment issues. She's better at handling them than her contemporaries thanks to the healthy way her adoptive parents raised her.
  • I Will Find You: As of season 4, she has traveled to Hollywoo to find her possible father and mother. The finale has her flying out to meet her biological mother, Henrietta Platchkey, for the first time.
  • Junior Counterpart: Downplayed and Played With. All said, Hollyhock is younger than Penny Carson, although not by a wide margin since she's already a college student and Hollyhock is taking a year off to explore the world before going to college herself. Unlike Penny, Hollyhock has no idea what hanging around BoJack may cause which Penny could inform her in unsavory details and is unaware of his darker actions which Penny has seen in flesh and blood. Look closer and first glances may be tricky: Hollyhock has read One Trick Pony and knows what she's getting into (Penny knew next to nothing about BoJack when they first met) and her strong personality doesn't bend at all when BoJack tries to press her along with his viewpoint which makes him be the one to adapt to her needs (Penny knew better but just went with the crowd which backfired often). Both meet him in his darkest moments (Secretariat collapse in season 2 with Penny and Belief In Malaise and Isolation in season 4) and he reacts different in each situation (with Penny, a chance to relive the past and do it right, with Hollyhock, an opportunity to correct the future and mend up). Penny might have the painful gift of experience, but Hollyhock has the advantage of a stronger sense of worth and better common sense at a younger age.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Beatrice does this to her. Once BoJack finds out that his mother was poisoning her coffee with weight loss drugs to the point that Hollyhock overdosed on them, he abandoned all pretenses of wanting to reconcile with his mother.

  • Last Episode, New Character: She is introduced in the last minutes of season 3.
  • Lazy Bum: She isn't in any rush to clean up BoJack's house, let alone keeping the charade she's his newly hired maid to get some DNA for a test. Better take selfies and sleep!
  • Leaving You to Find Myself: Played for Drama. Hollyhock, curious about her past, decides to fly to Hollywoo on her own to find her biological parents, leaving behind her adopted parents. Ripened but inexperienced, Hollyhock sustains herself well enough yet becomes a bit too trusting of her surroundings and the fake glamour of Cali people with only BoJack to recur to making a dent in her confidence. The purpose of her trip also leaves her with a sense of unease due to the unpredictability: will her parents want to know about her? Is she taking the right call? Hollyhock's parents, by their own part, are constantly worrying about her and see their apparent fears realized when she suffers an overdose.
  • Lethal Chef: She destroys the microwave oven trying to make a simple Pop Tart. Even worse, she was using a fork to reach for the bruned toast and fend off the fire while the machine was on short-circuit.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Due to their similar mindsets, Hollyhock and BoJack act this way rather than the father and daughter dynamic they allegedly have. Unlike the Penny situation, Hollyhock has enough maturity to curb some of BoJack's worst Anti-Advice, and in turn he makes a more restrained effort to come clean and offer genuine tips (even if coated with a bitter almonds flavor). These two might have a unconscious sibling sense or at least a sense of what worked better. It helps that they're half-siblings, thanks to a fling between Butterscotch and the maid who would become Hollyhock's mother.
  • Like Father, Like Son: She possess the white star of Butterscotch's mother and looks a lot like her just like BoJack. If her depression is similar as well, it's implied that Butterscotch's family line was filled with as much hurt and pain as Beatrice's was, as well as mental disorders.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Three times, really.
    • As BoJack's (supposed) illegitimate daughter, she resembles him far more in physicality if not personality itself: she's far from selfish, actively tries to curb his worst tendencies by calling him out and has the least harmful aspects of him, namely, laziness and lack of concentration.
    • As Butterscotch's REAL daughter, she has quite a lot of prospects for a future, is cheerful and idealistic not to the point of blissful blindness and knows how to back up her claims beyond simple charm.
    • As Henrietta's daughter, she actually has the visionary caution not to fall in the normal sandtraps laid by toxic, charming and cowardly individuals. Well, there was Miles, but he was actually a Nice Guy at least until the possibility of fame knocked at the door.
  • Long-Lost Relative: To BoJack, appearing to be his illegitimate daughter of 16+ years he has no knowledge about. However, she's not actually his daughter, but rather his sister, on account of both having the same father, Butterscotch.
  • Lovable Jock: Most of her trophies are sport-related, but the few times she has appeared or spoke, she's fidgety, nervous and adorable.
  • Love Hurts: Once her relationship with Miles falls apart due to the latter's ambition, Hollyhock can't help but try to find a reason why he's no longer calling her. Maybe she Was Too Hard on Him? He didn't like something she did? Was there any point in trying? Whatever the case, she doesn't feel very good afterward, even wondering if people knowing more about her will cause them to leave especially in regards of her screwed-up family tree and rejects BoJack's attempts to cheer her up: go for gelato, drive the Tesla, admitting that she wants to be alone right now.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Well, she's not quite sure herself. The resemblance, the constant lamp-shading by other people, the multiple women BoJack slept with without remembering if they all had the abortion and her being adopted has aroused suspicion. But alas, nothing conclusive. Ultimately zigzagged: through the season, a DNA test reveals they share the same genes but their relationship is more like siblings (which they turn out to be). Complicating everything is that there are only so many women still living in Hollywoo who slept with BoJack and they all had the abortion, so no one seems to be the mother. Hollyhock's last resource (before the diet pill incident) was to send a letter to the adoption agency hoping her real mother would find out. After BoJack finds out he's not Hollyhock's father, he simply searches for her birth certificate and finds her mom: Henrietta Platchkey, his father Butterscotch's mistress, hence their similar genes and appearance. He then proceeds to tell her through an anonymous tip.
  • Meaningful Name: She's named after the hollyhock, a flower whose roots can be used for medicinal purposes. True to her name, every time she appears, she curbs BoJack's worst traits and brings out the good side in him. The hind knee area of a horse is also referred to as the hock.
  • Meaningful Rename: Originally, she was named "Girl Horse" in her birth certificate courtesy of Beatrice. When she was adopted by her eight dads, she was renamed "Hollyhock" instead, signifying the regain of her status as a person and her better upbringing compared to the other Horsemans.
  • Mentor's New Hope: Twice, even.
    • For BoJack, Hollyhock represents a new chance to make or break a daughter figure, especially considering what happened with Sarah Lynn and Penny when they looked up to him, which makes him nervous and especially cautious to not give wrong impressions around her. Likewise, her self-adjustment and maturity help him face his demons and become a slightly better horseman.
    • In Beatrice's mind, Hollyhock's adoption gives Henrietta leeway to avoid being chained to an unfulfilled life by raising a child and finishing medical school; it'll also give Hollyhock the chance to grow up in better conditions and subconsciously fulfilled Beatrice's desire to be free from any paternal influence. While it did turn out okay, her actions screwed up both Hollyhock and Henrietta who longed to meet each other.
  • Morality Pet: To BoJack, as he tries to curb his self-destructive nature to be someone Hollyhock can look up to. Finding out Beatrice secretly drugged Hollyhock with weight loss pills to the point of making her overdose gets rid of ANY remaining chances BoJack has of reconcilation with his mother. They end up being the healthiest relationship Bojack has really had with anyone, as he is desperate to protect her and in turn she holds him accountable in ways no one else can.
  • Nature vs. Nurture: There's no denying: Hollyhock has some of the "Horseman gunk" in her DNA. Same traits, same flaws, same propensity to the ol' blues... No getting around that, but how much has she inherited? How many of those traits will screw her up in the long term, which angles have been improved through her healthier upbringing, which have worsened, and where did these came from in the Tangled Family Tree of the Horseman-Sugarman clan?
    • On one hand, she has sloth, impatience and selfishness, all applicable to BoJack and Butterscotch, though some of the best qualities are somewhat filtered in there like charm, effervescent idealism, snarkiness, the whole sardonic package. From Beatrice, she doesn't seem to have none of the Sugarman broken traits other than appearance, The Smurfette Principle and missing mother syndrome in terms of family generation and like Honey, she has a more feisty attitude if not to the point of manic-depressiveness. Otherwise, she has more traits of Horseman ground (which makes sense since she only has roots the Horseman route. Might be for the best as well given the rot at the center of the Sugarman line.). Whatever passed through the filters she has adapted and overcome. She's not in the clear, however; her "Horseman sense" has started speaking if softly (too young for a verdict).
    • On the other, she's had a happy (if unconventional) childhood with loving parents; all 8 dads clearly raising her in ways that appreciate openness, progressive thoughts and acceptance of inner flaws rather than suppression and dismissal of any individuality. Her desire to learn more about a biological family does raise up some interesting parallelisms and contrasts in her personality, but she remains true to herself. Even in Hollywoo, she can't help but repeat her dads' advice about crying with BoJack commenting that's good advice and hang pictures of them in BoJack's window as a sort of shrine collage.
  • The Needless: Invoked and deconstructed; Hollyhock gradually stops eating and starts getting thinner. People dismiss it as nothing more than her self-image and wanting to be fit, or worse she developed an eating disorder, but it's eventually revealed she's slowly being filled with diet pills in her coffee that makes her crave less and less food. Thing is, she doesn't know it and since it's such a gradual process she accepts it as normal with no changes done to compensate it. But no nourishments, a weaker and weaker body, more drugs popped into her and no knowledge of it to curb it lead Hollyhock to collapse in the bathroom.
  • Nice Girl: Hollyhock is a sweet and affable horse-girl, but she isn't above tricking Todd into pulling out one of his hairs or using chloroform on him.
    BoJack: And she's funny, but she's not mean, which is kind of remarkable when you think about it because a lot of 17-year-old girls think you have to be mean to be funny, but Hollyhock is very sweet... even if she can be sarcastic sometimes, but... she has this smile...
  • No Name Given: At first she's only referred to by fans as BoJack's daughter and as "a teenage girl" in season 3, but season 4 reveals her name; Hollyhock. That name was given by her eight dads. In her original birth certificate, she was just "Horse Girl".
  • The Not-Love Interest: She's the person BoJack interacts the most, with both getting to know each other and her actions helping BJ move on. She's also his half-sister.
  • Only Sane Woman: The only one in season 4 who's got her head screwed right (beside occasionally BoJack) and who never loses her shit through the season (other than the amphetamine incident). In general, she's this to the whole Horseman Family.
  • Overly Long Name: She was adopted by eight men in a polyamorous relationship, giving her the unwieldy name of Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilberschlag-Hsung-Fonzarelli-McQuack. This makes remembering it a problem for Bojack after Hollyhock overdoses on weight loss pills.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Poor Hollyhock is first witness to her supposed father's method of distraction for former lovers, especially a Loony Fan; some rough loving that apparently has lasted more than 5 minutes (new record!). This is mitigated by the fact they're doing it behind a couch but that's little comfort for the poor girl now.
  • Positive Friend Influence: Being around Hollyhock has been good for BoJack. Her presence forces him to at least attempt to reconcile with his mother as well as the pressure of being around his possible daughter makes him more wary of himself, with her being a huge reason for his Character Development through season 4.
  • The Quest: Her objective in Season 4 is to find out the truth about BoJack and if he's really her father.
  • Raised by Dudes: Again, she was raised by eight men.
  • Red Herring: After BoJack unintentionally makes her feel bad about her weight and Miles suddenly stops contacting her in The Judge, when BoJack offers to get something to eat she replies that she's not hungry. A few episodes later, she's visibly thinner with loose skin around her gut, implying rapid weight loss. That, coupled with her dads revealing that she overdosed on amphetamines, a known appetite suppressant, leads BoJack to believe that she developed an eating disorder due to his thoughtlessness, and took the drugs in his medicine cabinet to help her loose weight. However, this is disproven when his mother reveals that she'd been secretly dosing Hollyhock's coffee with amphetamines without, vindicating both Holly and BoJack.
  • The Reveal: In truth, she is not BoJack's daughter. The reality is, BoJack's father Butterscotch had an affair with the maid Henrietta, who gave birth to Hollyhock, making BoJack and Hollyhock half-siblings instead.

  • Savage Piercings: Averted. During the gap between season 3 and 4 (supposedly), Hollyhock got two ear piercings on her left ear which are noticeable during close-ups. However, she's shown to be a Nice Girl.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Justified. Hollyhock had an early graduation and is taking a sabbatical year off school, so she's free to do what she wants for the time being. Not that's any of Sir Mix-A-Lot's business.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Hollyhock is social, a people person, friendly, well-adjusted, no non-sense, goofy and active. BoJack is brooding, antisocial, rash, childish, goofy, sedentary and messed up.
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy: That example below in Spotting the Thread? Hollyhock might have noticed the dissonance between Marcie's claims of being Hollyhock's mother and her slim figure in August 2000 (one month before she was born), but she was more interested in knowing why she was wearing a summer dress to the premiere of a movie called "Autumn in New York". Once equally distracted BoJack asks her why would anyone release a movie called "Autumn in New York" in summer, Hollyhock starts giving a long irrelevant explanation about it.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: During her brief romance with Miles during "The Judge", she liked him for having a soul and being someone she had a connection with. Unfortunately, Miles is more than willing to dump her if BoJack shops his script around.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Her relationship with Miles is based on initial impressions of him as a good, fun guy. She's proven right when he proves to have honest intentions with her. And wrong when it turns out he's still willing to sell that for a chance for stardom. It's less she fell in love with an illusion and more she underestimated how the illusion could change people.
  • Spotting the Thread: How she discovers Marcie is not her mother; when going to the bathroom, she discovers a picture of her in a premiere of August 2000, same year and one month before she was born, and notices she is slim.
  • Static Character: Hollyhock doesn't go through that big of a change through the season, staying mostly the same from beginning to end and never really interacting with any major character in any outstanding way beyond BoJack. Justified since Hollyhock has enough personal traits to be functional in a realistic way and isn't in need of any sudden change or search for meaning unlike the other characters, being a reliable, sane and mature young mare on her own. If anything, her presence actually helps others come to terms with their problems, BoJack especially.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Outside of the overall pattern of her fur, and the fact everyone has told her since she was little she looked a lot like him, she displays a lot of personality traits similar to her half brother BoJack, including general laziness and buying the same disguise kit he has.
    • She is implied to have also gotten her looks from Butterscotch's mother, as she had a diamond marking on her forehead, like Beatrice and BoJack, and chestnut hair like Henrietta, who's hair is styled similarly to Hollyhock's.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In season 4. Justified since in her previous appearance she never said a word.
  • Sweet Tooth: She loves ice cream and when she and Bojack go to see Dr. Hu, she's seen eating several lollipops out of the jar.
  • Take That!: She doesn't have a big opinion of Jared Leto, comparing him to honeydew, which she hates.
  • Tell Me About My Father: The reason she's calling VIM in the first place is because she wants to find out if Bojack is her birth dad.
  • Tender Tears: When BoJack tells her that if she truly belongs to the Horseman family, she might desire more than she'll ever get. Hollyhock, worn out of searching her mom in Hollywoo all day, starts crying and apologizes for it when BoJack is at a loss of how to comfort her, and explains her fathers told her it's ok to cry and she shouldn't feel bad about feeling bad.
  • Trauma Button: As shown in "Ancient History", Hollyhock still has bad memories of being drugged by Beatrice, causing her to freeze up in the doorway to Bojack's house, and dump Bojack's painkillers down the sink later that evening.
  • Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup: Downplayed. While Hollyhock's eight dads are all genuinely loving and supportive, the fact that she has so many dads with so many different personalities means that any time she needs advice on what to do (especially in regards to whether or not to look for her mother), they all give her conflicting advice, leaving her feeling (in some ways) even more lost and unsure of what to do. Adding BoJack to the mix doesn't help. But then it's revealed that BoJack is actually her half-brother and he found her mother for her, which helps a lot.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Discussed. She admits loving to eat apples.
  • Unsuspectingly Soused: The coffee Hollyhock had been consuming from "Stupid Piece Of Shit" up to "lovin' that cali lifestyle" contained amphetamines designed to make her lose weight, courtesy of Beatrice, due to her dementia and belief that women should be thin. This lands her in the hospital after an overdose and with no one, not even her, knowing how did it happen, Hollyhock's parents enter in panic and blame BoJack and forbid from seeing her.
  • Walking Spoiler: Not only does she basically change the course of the story by just existing, but the fact that she seems to be BoJack's illegitimate daughter only makes everything more complicated. The reality is, she's not his daughter, but rather, his half-sister.
  • Weight Woe: She gets self-conscious about feeling like a "blob" compared to the skinny but big-assed girls on Felicity Huffman's Booty Academy, and BoJack repeating the statement to her innocently doesn't help. Then a dementia-ridden Beatrice took it upon herself to secretly dose the poor girl with weight-loss pills...
  • What Are Records?: One of the things that distances Hollyhock from BoJack is that the latter, being a Disco Dan, is attached to outdated tech, something Hollyhock often fails to recognize; exaggerated when the thing she fails to recognize is a DVD case. Once visits to Beatrice become routine, however, she's the one often bringing the DVD cases of Horsin' Around.
    Hollyhock: Why are you carrying that thin hard book?
    BoJack: It's not a book, it's a DVD case. We did a special episode about elder care. Now we're gonna watch it and learn how to handle this bitch.
  • What the Hell, Dad?: Played With. She really doesn't approve of BoJack's vices and powder keg diplomacy, but she can appreciate his bluntness from time to time. There's also the fact that she's his half-sister, so….
  • White Sheep: Out of all the people in BoJack's family, she's by far the least emotionally stunted, being rather smart and mature for her age, and also the most outwardly kind and good-natured, although she still struggles with her self-image and anxiety. A lot of this can probably be attributed to her being raised in a loving adopted family, as opposed to the terrible and traumatic childhoods that BoJack and Beatrice experienced.
    • While Hollyhock seems to be a Generation Xerox of BoJack, her laziness and self-indulgence are signs of being immature and a little spoiled, rather than deep character flaws betraying a self-destructive streak.
  • Youthful Freckles: Dots of lighter fur in her cheeks, neck, and shoulders and she's a young adult.


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