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Main Character Index | Main Characters (BoJack Horseman [A-D, E-K, L-Z], Princess Carolyn, Diane Nguyen, Mr. Peanutbutter, Todd Chávez) | Hollywoo Residents and Other Stars | L.A. Residents | Stilton Family and Associates | MBN | Horsin Around Cast And Crew (Sarah Lynn) | Secretariat Biopic Cast And Crew | Philbert Cast and Crew | Vigor | VIM Agency | Gekko-Rabitowitz Agencies | One Shot and Bit Characters | The Main Group Family Members | The Horseman Family (Hollyhock, Beatrice Sugarman-Horseman, Butterscotch Horseman) | Other Characters | Tesuque, New Mexico | The Moore-Carsons (Charlotte Moore-Carson) | Historical Characters | "Horsin' Around" Characters | "Mr. Peanutbutter's House" Characters | "Secretariat" Biopic Characters

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Played by: Will Arnett (BoJack), Amy Sedaris (Princess Carolyn), Alison Brie (Diane), Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Peanutbutter) and Aaron Paul (Todd).

Our protagonists, if we were to stretch the term a bit.

  • Absentee Actor: Every main character other than BoJack and Todd in the Christmas special.
    • "Say Anything" features Diane at the very end, but she doesn't have any lines. Mr. Peanutbutter doesn't appear at all.
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    • "Escape From LA" only features BoJack, Princess Carolyn and Diane in the very last scene.
    • An in-universe example occurs in "Out to Sea"; BoJack discovers that during his two-month stay in Tesuque, NM, Turteltaub had the Secretariat film finished by replacing BoJack with the 'Computer BoJack' created in the first episode of Season 2.
    • "See Mr. Peanutbutter Run" doesn't feature Bojack except for a brief voicemail message.
  • Aerith and Bob: Weird names ranging from Mr. Peanutbutter, BoJack and Princess Carolyn mix with more normal ones like Diane and Todd.
  • Anti-Hero: All of them, with BoJack being a mix of Type II, IV and Type V, Princess Carolyn being firmly in Type III, Diane mostly Type I and II, Todd is Type I through and through and Mr. Peanutbutter, while being an Ideal Hero most of the time, he falls into Type II in philosophy and Type V if he's feeling petty enough.
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  • Anti-Hero Team: Their clashing personalities and dubious nature as actual protagonists, let alone heroes, doesn't stop them from being a fellowship and pull each other through.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Princess Carolyn, unlike BoJack and Mr. Peanutbutter. Seriously, when was the last time you saw a pink Persian cat?
  • Break the Cutie: They have gone through some really rough times, personally and collectively. It's a safe bet that each one has reached the Despair Event Horizon at least once, within the series or offscreen.
  • Break the Haughty: Then again, all the group, most prominently BoJack, has a tendency to overestimate their place in the world they inhabit or their ideals, only for all of it crashing down on them, with a great dose of Humble Pie.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: A major plot point during season 3 as their interactions diminish until they follow separate roads. It's fully explored in season 4: With BoJack missing for over a year and a half, Diane focused in GirlCroosh and along Mr. Peanutbutter the campaign for governor, Princess Carolyn balancing her personal and professional life with her boyfriend Ralph and Todd living on-off from Emily and Mr. Peanutbutter, it does take a while for them to regroup.
    • At the end of Season 5, Diane isolates herself from the main group after her fight with Bojack. The only person she is in contact with is Mr. Peanutbutter.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mostly Todd, but everybody in the group has had their share of misfortunes and humiliation just by default of being in the spotlight. The show makes a point of admitting that everyone has had those kind of days.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': If someone in the group makes a mistake or acts on his/her own benefit, odds are it will backfire or harm someone. Karma may not always reach directly to them, but it does leave an impact.
  • Character Development: Quite a lot, over the course of the show. BoJack slowly, but steadily opens up about his problems, Todd tries to make something of himself and learns to take more risks as opposed to being a shut-in roommate, Princess Carolyn becomes more practical and savvy, while using her sharpened business skills to help give BoJack get his career going, Mr. Peanutbutter's underlying darker outlook becomes more apparent, and Diane starts to come out of her meeker shell.
  • Character Focus: Depends on the episode and how it advances the plot. Princess Carolyn has had the Breaking Up With Bojack/Hooking Up With Vincent and the Vigor Seceding storylines; Diane, the Crusade Against Hank and Lack Of Purpose and Visit To Cordovia/Fall Into Despair/Raise From the Ashes storyline, Mr. Peanutbutter the Face The Music and Announcer Abuse and Coercion storyline, Todd intersected with Diane in Lack Of Purpose leading into Fall Into Cult and Return To Form storyline, and finally BoJack had the Redemption Quest storyline, including all the upsides and downsides that come with it, all acting as a lynchpin for the other storylines.
  • Color Motif:
    • BoJack has brown hair, representing filthiness and decay; the color brown also represents strength and dependability, the qualities he shows when he's able to get past his neuroses. His wardrobe is a grey jacket and a blue vest, showing repentance and sadness respectively.
    • Princess Carolyn has pink fur, as a way to showcase her lovesick nature and shoehorning into a limited role within Hollywoo.
    • Diane's green jacket and white blouse are associated with tranquility and blandness, highlighting her Fish out of Water status.
    • Mr. Peanutbutter has golden fur and is a caring, noble, if a bit dim Labrador.
    • Todd's red jacket links to his intense and excited personality.
  • Comic Trio: Depends on how the group is organized, it can go a little varied, with the roles being switched around. The most consistent are as follows:
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Either stated/shown explicitly or implied, none of the main characters had a particularly pleasant beginning. See each of their own sections for more details.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While the series' main focus is BoJack, starting midway through the first season and continuing into the rest of the series, the scope has expanded towards the rest of the main cast.
    • Princess Carolyn's focus episode is "Say Anything" in season 1, part of "The Shot" in season 2 and she even gets a major subplot in the 2nd season ("Still Broken", "After The Party", "Higher Love", "Yes And...", "Out To Sea"), continuing through the 3rd season with specific episodes being "The BoJack Horseman Show", "Love And/Or Marriage", "Brrap Brrap Pew Pew", "Old Acquaintance", "Best Thing That Ever Happened", "It's You" and "That Went Well".
    • Diane's are "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen" in season 1, "After The Party", "Chickens", "Hank After Dark", "The Shot", "Yes And..." and "Out To Sea" in season 2; "The BoJack Horseman Show", "BoJack Kills", "Love And/Or Marriage", "Brrap Brrap Pew Pew", "Old Acquaintance", "It's You" and "That Went Well" in season 3.
    • Mr. Peanutbutter has "Higher Love" and "Let's Find Out" in season 2; "Start Spreading The News", "The BoJack Horseman Show", "BoJack Kills", "Love And/Or Marriage", "Brrap Brrap Pew Pew", "Old Acquaintance" and "That Went Well" in season 3.
    • And last, (and least) the Todd centric-episodes are "Zoes And Zeldas" in season 1 and "Chickens", "Yes And" and "Out to Sea" in season 2, "The BoJack Horseman Show", "BoJack Kills", "Love And/Or Marriage", "Stop The Presses", "Old Acquaintance", "It's You" and "That Went Well" in season 3.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly BoJack, Princess Carolyn and Diane, although Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd have their moments.
  • Determined Defeatist: BoJack stands out, but all of them are aware that they won't get the things they want or deserve out of life. Still, they wake up and try every day to achieve it, regardless of success.
  • Dreamworks Face: The whole cast is sporting this in a recent cover for NME. Also doubles as a case of Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You since BoJack seems a bit determined to make that kick.
  • Dynamic Character: The main point of the series is showing their growth as characters and people through Character Development. This focus, as well as the Ensemble Cast, allows to delve more into each of their flaws and idiosyncrasies and learn from them, while also showing the horrible consequences should Aesop Amnesia occur.
  • Dysfunction Junction: See the tropes listed in here? And those are just the shared ones. Look below in their own files and you'll find several minor ones.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: One of the major themes of the series, and especially in the main group's life is that one has to work and go through the drudgery of everyday life and find something valuable in between. There are no shortcuts to happiness or happiness that lasts, for that matter.
  • Ensemble Cast: Starting in season 2, BoJack's issues take a bit of a backseat, focusing on exploring Princess Carolyn's, Diane's, Mr. Peanutbutter's and even Todd's lives. Due to Switching P.O.V., A Day in the Limelight and Rotating Protagonist, BoJack remains the central character, but the other four are just as likely to get the same screen time and development, depending on the episode.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Five Philosophy Ensemble:
    • BoJack: The Cynic
    • Princess Carolyn: The Apathetic
    • Diane: The Realistic
    • Mr. Peanutbutter: The Optimist
    • Todd: The Conflicted
  • Five-Token Band: None of them would be what you call "default series protagonists". There's BoJack, a horse; Princess Carolyn, a Persian Cat; Diane, a Vietnamese-American woman; Mr. Peanutbutter, a Labrador; and Todd, of possibly Latin heritage. And each one has a different color of skin/fur.
  • Foil: The group complements each other in divergence of personality, actions and flaws. It's expanded further in their personal pages but, as an appetizer:
    • For starters, there's BoJack and Mr. Peanutbutter being this to each other and about their influence on Diane's outlook, as detailed in their respective pages under Opposed Mentors and Opposing Combat Philosophies. It can be resumed as BoJack's Cynic vs. Mr. Peanutbutter's Wide-Eyed Idealist.
    • In terms of same gender and faced difficulties, Diane and Princess Carolyn are not too dissimilar. Both have trouble starting in a society structured with little space for individuals, especially if they're women; both are unhappy with certain decisions in their lives. The key difference is that while Princess Carolyn's older and more experienced with handling these ventures, bordering in being The Chessmaster, Diane is a Fish out of Water whose quiet nature and sense of morality are no match for Hollywoo's resources, since she's more of an Ineffectual Loner.
    • Diane and BoJack are quite similar, except where it matters: exactly how do they react to what they perceive as unfair? Diane's response is to make a stand For Great Justice, not always for the right choice but as an attempt, while BoJack's is indifference because he has Stopped Caring.
  • Funny Animal: Half of the main cast is this, due to Hollywoo being a mixture of humans and anthropomorphized animals.
  • The Generation Gap: Downplayed, but still there. While the age differences are not that big, the range goes from late-20s to early 50s, with Diane and Todd being the youngest of the bunch, Princess Carolyn middle ground due to being 40 and BoJack and Mr. Peanutbutter (who's married to Diane) at the end of the age spectrum by virtue of being half-a-century old. As such, there's not a big difference between them, just experience's bad aftertaste.
  • Genre Refugee: In addition to their own Odd Friendship, each character seems to have a very different idea of how life works for them. Played for Drama as well, since the breach between fantasy and reality, especially the reality sold by entertainment, is a major source of melancholy in the series.
    • Twofer for our main character: While BoJack thinks he's in a more sophisticated version of a sitcom but with the same ground rules, he's also keenly aware of his arc in a philosophical drama about one horse's search for meaning. His inability to reconcile both is what constantly screws up his life.
    • Princess Carolyn lives her life as if she were in a fast-paced procedure about the inner workings of Hollywoo with the female Iron Lady agent towering above the rest. She's....half right.
    • Diane seems to thinks she's in an "Newsroom"/"Daria" mashup where the previously abused Meganekko Snark Knight sets in a journey to become an Intrepid Reporter with the support of her loving husband. Her belief contrasts with her increasing realization of her being just a cog in the machine and not noble enough to be the one talking about change.
    • Mr. Peanutbutter, on the other hand, seems to think he's in an eternal "Golden Age of Hollywoo" movie where everyone is happy, All Myths Are True and the romanticism of life never ends. He's aware it's just a distraction and prefers it that way, since real life is often too much for him to handle.
    • Todd constantly pops up in and out of focus with random misadventures worthy of a Stoner Flick. Everyone's Weirdness Censor and Todd being out of their radars causes him to be treated as unreliable and a Butt-Monkey.
  • Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: Deconstructed. Each of the main characters are pushing the 30s at least and the 50s at maximum and they are starting to question whenever any of the choices they have made have been for the better and if it's possible to change the route their lives are going. Not only do their lives and decisions have gravitas, but any attempt to shrug it off or cover it with temporal changes is depicted as self-destructive and just makes things even worse.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Part of what makes them Rounded Characters. They're not bad people (most of the time), but their quirks and weaknesses often conspire to bring them down, de-inflate their ego or ruin certain relationships with people they care about. They're also not above being unsympathetic or pompous assholes when it means getting what they want.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: All of them are different age groups (except for BoJack and Mr. Peanutbutter), but are friends, which varies on relationship to relationship.
  • Interspecies Friendship: They all may have their own problems with one another, but they also have their moments that show that they are also friends. And they're a group consisting of a horse, a dog, a cat, and two humans.
  • Interspecies Romance: Common, given the setting. BoJack often dates human women (Pam, Naomi Watts, etc.) as well as felines (Princess Carolyn) or owls (Wanda); Princess Carolyn has dated horses (BoJack) and rabbits (Rutebaga); Mr. Peanutbutter and Diane are Happily Married, and Todd...well, he hasn't really dated that much, but seems to get good attention from females of other species.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Diane's the Light Feminine (kind, inexperienced with the world around her but firm) to Princess Carolyn's Dark Feminine (bold, Jerk with a Heart of Gold, The Chessmaster.).
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: "Horses And Dogs And Cats And Humans.....Oh, My!"
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Diane is the only one in the group who doesn't know that BoJack, not Mr. Peanutbutter, was the culprit for the missing "D" in the Hollywoo(d) sign.
  • Love Hurts: Oh, my god.
    • BoJack is Loving a Shadow by pining after Charlotte, his (former) best friend Herb's beard despite not having seen her in 20 years. And as if having this relationship broken wasn't bad enough, there's also the event that kickstarts the series: BoJack's Unrequited Love for Diane.
    • Princess Carolyn has wanted a serious relationship as long as she remembers, but every one of her boyfriends (BoJack, Vincent and Rutabaga) have done nothing but reinforce the idea that she might die alone.
    • Mr. Peanutbutter's first marriage was a living hell. His first wife, Katrina, did nothing but berate and cheat on him. Luckily, he's found Diane, but that has only made him even more fearful, since he doesn't want anything to take her away from him.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Mr. Peanutbutter and BoJack, in a nutshell, respectively.
  • Open Secret: Everybody in the group knows that BoJack was the one who stole the "D" from the Hollywoo(d) sign. Well, except Diane.

  • The Power of Friendship: Not in the way you think. One of the Central Themes, according to Word of God, is that while life can be a long bout of deceptions, broken dreams and unfulfillment of any kind of promises and ideals, the interaction and support one can have from friends or companions might be just enough to get by and become slowly a better person yourself, for the legacy one can leave behind will be the impact felt by those around you.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They're a Dysfunction Junction full of quirky, borderline screwed characters, half of whom are Funny Animals. As seen, they're not the most classic protagonists ever put on a show.
  • Running Gag: Diane and Mr. Peanbutter both have a nasty habit of breaking their arm or wrist with it happening to Mr. Peanutbutter once and Diane twice.
  • Strawman Ball: It has become default that when one of them is having A Day in the Limelight and argues a point strongly, one of the others would be opposed vehemently towards it or at best, try to gently dissuade the member in question by providing counter arguments against it. From more to less, there's BoJack Princess Carolyn Diane Mr. Peanutbutter Todd.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: BoJack and Princess Carolyn. BoJack had apples on his orange sweater and now crosses in his blue one; while Princess Carolyn has fish and water colors in her dress.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: After a season of having more or less separate plotlines, all five of them eventually end up working on Philbert in some form in Season Five. If you somehow haven't read the rest of the page yet, well...This is especially true of Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter, who are now divorced.
  • The Three Faces of Adam: Heavily played with; BoJack has shades of The Prophet, being the oldest one of the three and the most experienced in a way, nevertheless, he dabbles into The Lord and The Hunter as well, since he desires to change and start a new life despite his old age as well as reign in his knowledge to confront the changing nature of the world; Mr. Peanutbutter tries to be The Hunter by locking horns into the next big project but secretly fits more and more into The Lord by trying to hang onto what he has; Todd is definitely The Lord, being happy with what he has and knowledgeable enough to try to keep it, yet still longs to be The Hunter once again to fix some mistakes he made while increasingly sliding into The Prophet.
  • Three Plus Two: Originally, the group was just Princess Carolyn, BoJack and Todd. Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter entered the group once Diane became BoJack's ghostwriter and, eventually, good friend.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Diane and Princess Carolyn. In a twist, Diane is a Hollywood Nerd while Princess Carolyn is an Iron Lady.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Let's see:
  • True Companions: Deconstructed. They rarely interact in a complete group but when they do, they can be quite cordial and willing to work and even help each other. However, a closer look reveals than rather than having undying support toward each other and constantly meddling into each other's business (common in other sitcoms), their friendship is mostly due to mutual loneliness, personal stakes and interests, occasional support of one another and location convenience. There's no big reunions, no local hangout except during special events in Hollywoo and since their storylines are mostly separate with the rare specific overlap, one gets the sense that they could live just as well separated as together (except BoJack but he can adapt) with the only thing keeping them tied being dependence and the lack of anything better in their paths. Once new opportunities arise at the end of season 3, each goes their separate ways.
    • When they reunite midway through season 4, it shows that their reunion isn't like old friends finding each other. It's more strange and awkward than that, like if they weren't really sure on how to act around each other after having changed so much.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Princess Carolyn and Diane are the only girls in the group, nicely averting The Smurfette Principle.
  • Typical Cartoon Animal Colors: BoJack and Mr. Peanutbutter.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: A Deconstructed Character Archetype for all. Each and every single one of them has huge flaws which depending on the plot can ensure their punishment or humiliation is well-deserved. However, it's also increasingly clear that unlike most portrayals, their failures and self-centeredness makes them very miserable and all but forces them out of their comfort zone if they aspire to move on and be happy.
  • Vague Age: Played straight at first, since the character's age is not made specific, with BoJack and Mr. Peanutbutter being near their 50s, Diane and Todd being somewhere in their early 30s and Princess Carolyn near her 40s. Then, it's subtly subverted and still played straight, as BoJack is shown in a Flashback to 1973 as being 8 years old, Mr. Peanutbutter is confirmed to be in his 50s, Diane and Princess Carolyn have their birthdays shown as they turn 35 and 40, respectively, and Todd mentions offhand that he's around his 30s while hiding with Diane from the Gentle Farms owners, but he was 13 at Bojack's Halloween party in 2004, which would put him at either 27 or 28 as of season 5.
  • Villain Protagonist: BoJack and Princess Carolyn. The others can be pretty selfish, but more often than not have good intentions. BJ and PC are the only ones who'll often sink to amoral lengths to get what they want.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They care about one another, but they are great at hiding it.


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