A homeless person whom Diane's brothers found and paid to impersonate Diane's (fake) pen pal Leo in a prom date. Only shown in a video the brothers took of the moment.
- Everyone Has Standards: He barely seems to know Diane, but judging by his awkward reaction, it's clear that he's not comfortable with what's happening and just accepted to get some money. He looks downright ashamed.
- Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: Wants no part of humiliating Diane like the brothers and looks away in shame while the poor gal is getting her hopes crushed.
- Invented Individual: A variation on this trope. In this case, "Leo" is basically a Nom De Plume from Diane's brothers' part to play with her emotions of finding a soulmate. It works so well that she agrees to go out with "Leo" to her high school prom despite never having seen him. "Leo" then shows up as a homeless man, while Diane's brothers tape the whole thing.
- Masquerading As the Unseen: A different, non-superhero and really despicable take. Diane's brothers basically make a hobo play the part of her pen pal Leo as a mean spirited prank.
- Only in It for the Money: Judging by the looks of it, the hobo may have only agreed to do this by getting paid. Not that he enjoyed it.
- Prank Date: A horrifying take on it; in "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen", it's revealed that when Diane was young, she had a pen-pal named Leo, created by her brothers to mess up with her. Then, when they were supposed to meet for prom night, Diane's brothers hired a homeless man to pose as Leo. Diane was devastated, to say the least, as shown by the video her brothers took of the moment.
- The Real Remington Steele: Horrifyingly invoked. Part of the cruel punchline towards Diane is that she has never seen "Leo" and as such, would let her hopes and imagination fly and raise her spirits. Then, when the right time would come, "Leo" would present himself as a homeless person and then revealed as an Invented Individual. Talk about Big Brother Bully.
Herb's caretaker and nurse at home. Only speaks in grunts.
- Beary Friendly: She's really nice and quite civil towards Herb whenever he needs her. They're shown to be very close.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: Subverted Trope. At first, it seems like Tina, along with Henry Winkler, have conspired to stop the publishing of Herb's book just out of spite. However, it turns out they have a pretty good reason to do so, as the book was terrible and would have harmed his legacy
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in season 4 after disappearing after Herb's death to help out with BoJack's mother.
- The Caretaker: For Herb, being his live-in nurse. Her first reaction when the fight between Herb and Bojack gets physical is to make sure Herb doesn't get hurt. She also ends up being this for Beatrice when she's kicked out of her nursing home.
- Gentle Giant: She's caring, patient and quite sensitive, in addition to being very tall.
- Sliding Scale of Animal Communication: Level 5, to be specific. Tina can be understood, but only in certain situations and by certain people. She can also understand what people say and mean, but it's not always two-sided.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: One of the few Funny Animals to speak this way.
- The Unintelligible: She communicates solely in grunts and growls.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: However, some people can understand her and translate for her. Henry Winkler calls her speech at Herb's funeral "touching" so it's not impossible for humans to understand her.
Two sisters who make their life goal to steal precious memorabilia from all kinds of celebrities and who end up ransacking BoJack's van while Todd's inside while they're both visiting Herb.
- Epiphany Therapy: While they're raiding the van looking for things that may be worth something, Todd picks up on their tense sibling relationship and stalls them by appealing to their problems, making them face their lives and slowly open up about who they are.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: A villainous version. One of them, Kenzie, is nicer, and more approachable , unlike her sister, who's more pushy, colder and pragmatic.
- Whole Plot Reference: Their whole shtick is based off The Bling Ring and the real life inspiration for that film.
A dapper bat gentleman who is very formal and blind. Chosen by Herb to be his legal advisor due to his vocabulary and professionalism, and not due to his legal skills.
- Antiquated Linguistics: One of the reasons why he was hired was because of his overly formal way of talking, which makes him sound wise. It's even lampshaded by him.Lawyer: I told him, I'm not actually an attorney, I'm just a blind man. Still, Herb thought me wise for some reason. Perhaps it is my overly formal manner of speech. I bid you good day.
- Blind Without 'Em: And even with them, he has barely any idea of who's who. He's got really bad vision.
- Characters as Device: His main purpose in the narrative is to give the cast of Horsin' Around a disk, which is the key to uncovering Herb's "gold".
- Deaf Composer: A blind lawyer, to be exact. He's not even a lawyer and yet he's been signed a job in which he has to interact with people all the time, probably has to write dozens of papers and has to make sure that every single one of his client's affairs are met with precision. Even then, can he be sure he's doing it right if it's not by ear?
- Seemingly Profound Fool: He's just a blind bat without any sort of legal education. Add some well-formulated words, well executed manners and good etiquette and Herb suddenly found the perfect lawyer.
- All-Loving Hero: Subverted. At first glance, he appears to be doing charity work out of concern for the people in the country and empathizing with the plight of their rough day-to-day life. As Diane later finds out, he's closer to a Sociopathic Hero.
- Anti-Hero: He's a clear cut heroic person at least as far as intentions go, but his actions are driven much more by the recognition and his need to alliviate his own guilt than by truly altruistic motives. He's using Diane's book to bring potential investors into the mix and provide tons of donations to his foundations, which admittedly would be used for reconstructing the wasteland the country has become.
- Bad Samaritan: Zigzagged Trope. Sebastian is an egotistical, deeply troubled man whose primary concern is to alleviate his wracking feelings of white guilt and First World Problems by providing medical and economic help to the country, which is used for hospitals and foods for refugees, something that actually helps the country and improves the situation. However, his detachment ensures that no matter what, he's always self conscious and never loses his cool staying calm even in situations where he should be panicking or grieving about the lost lives, which only add to the true despair and miscommunication between the low class Cordovians and the wealthy St. Claire, who has never cared or understood completely such problems.
- Bait the Dog: His first appearance in "Later" characterizes him as an athletic philanthropist with a knack for spectacle, a flair for the dramatic, and deep bravery, who travels to desolated areas and helping necessitated people while looking cool. When Diane talks to him, he sounds too too good to be true. He is. During Diane's first day, Sebastian introduces her to the people at the refugee camp and even shares a tender moment with one of the orphans, his personal assistant Kinko. The next day, he advises Diane that maybe she shouldn't spend so much time with Kinko. It all goes downhill from there.
- Big Good: ZigZagged. He's this to Cordovia's people, at least to a certain extent. There's no doubt his actions have helped the country. He's building hospitals, restoring culture by staging plays and musicals, and spearheading a soup kitchen serving everyone in a straight line. However, his indifference to the actual people he's helping and his self-centered attitude glorifying himself at the expense of others does hinder whatever good traits he has. Arguably though, his indifference might actually make him more effective than the empathetic people like Diane. See Jerkass Has a Point below.
- Broken Pedestal: The more time Diane spends with him, the more she becomes disillusioned due to his grand ego and his selfish reasons to do good actions, which she's seen enough of back at home. The fact that he's an Evil Counterpart to the flawed, yet good-natured people in her life just makes her displeasure clearer.
- Cats Are Mean: Full of himself, convinced of his own greatness and ignorant of the true suffering of the survivors in Cordovia, Sebastian makes Bojack look humble.
- Cats Are Superior: He's a darker take, but he's very much The Ace and a Wealthy Philanthropist, and is a snow leopard.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: Sebastian treats the constant war-ravaged environment of Cordovia as normal.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: The reason why he does charity: His imagining of the pain and suffering less fortunate people were enduring while he was enjoying the luxuries of the high life would often haunt him due to his free time and complete lack of achievements that helped others. Deconstructed, since this is portrayed as a selfish motivation that doesn't actually help people
- Dissonant Serenity: Eerily calm through a bomb attack.
- Evil Counterpart/Foil: Sebastian contrasts with many other figures in Diane's life.
- To both Mr. Peanutbutter and Bojack. Mr. Peanutbutter, despite being an Anti-Nihilist tries his best to cheer up everyone in a Fun Personified way. Bojack is a bitter and troubled cynical alcoholic with deep-rooted contempt for himself and sadness about the world. Yet, when push comes to shove, he constantly proves himself to be a thoughtful, intelligent and tender person who can care about ideals and people. Sebastian, on the other hand, brings hope to Cordovia out of selfishness and cares nothing about the people outside of guilt and pity.
- Both BoJack and Sebastian are Narcissists on the surface but have developed deep levels of self-loathing. While Sebastian responded to his insecurities by trying to help people with humanitarian work, BoJack responds by hurting other people.
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: In his first scene, he goes all around the savaged country on foot, doing backflips, bandaging wounded people, delivering supplies and jumping off a helicopter, all while talking with Diane on the phone.
- Gentleman Adventurer: A pretty brutal Deconstruction. He's certainly affable, but as Diane finds out, just because he's charming or personable doesn't mean he does this for good reasons.
- Glory Seeker: He's very concerned about his image, and persuades Diane to write about his exploits. There's also the press coverage he demands using photos of himself and starving citizens.
- Hearing Voices: Started his humanitarian work to silence the cries of dying people he heard in his sleep
- Idle Rich: Before going into humanitarian worn, he used to be a wealthy businessman, owner of a chain of high-end department stores. The screams in his head didn't allow him to enjoy this lifestyle, though.Sebastian: At night I heard the cries of children sick and dying. And I would scream into the night. Shut up! Shut up, children! But the phantom cries would not abate.
- It's All About Me: Diane notes that he seriously enjoys talking about himself.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he is a textbook example of narcissism, he does make a solid point to Diane that grieving over the dead won't help them or the living, and his detachment ensures that he's always operational despite whatever horrors come his way.
- Large Ham: Very theatrical, like a stereotypical old-timey adventurer. Considering he's essentially "playing a part", it makes sense.
- Non-Idle Rich: What he is now. Of course, given what made him decide to go this way was a bad reason, it's a more twisted example. His Lack of Empathy and superiority complex when it comes to helping the third world inhabitants of Cordovia doesn't help.
- Photo Op with the Dog: During his very first appearance, Sebastian takes a selfie hugging a barely conscious civilian as a sign of solidarity. He even ignores the fact that the person isn't dead yet and needs medical care.
- Shameless Self-Promoter: Basically the whole reason why he persuaded Diane to write a biography about him was to use her writings as a Propaganda Machine that would inspire people to donate to his charities. Diane also notes that every three sentences or so he says something about himself.
- Strolling Through the Chaos: He keeps a calm demeanor during attacks, and acts surprised and disappointed when Diane instead crouches in fear.
- Wealthy Philanthropist: Taken to its logical conclusion.
- White Man's Burden: He's dedicated to improving Cordovia's hospitals and homes but dislikes interacting with its inhabitants and tries to care little as possible.
An orphan child that becomes friends with Diane during her time in Cordovia.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: For a kid growing up in a completely devasted environment, Kinko is interested in the New Yorker, and asks if he can write food reviews there when he grows up.
- Badass and Child Duo: With Sebastian. Until he dies.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Sebastian often makes him do dangerous chores and is quite indifferent to his well-being.
- Death of a Child: Such is a fact of life in war-riddled countries.
- Empathy Doll Short: A variant. After Diane reads to him from The New Yorker, he falls asleep holding it. Diane finds it, torn and dirty, after the bombing that kills him.
- Free-Range Children: Deconstructed. He's free to roam Cordovia and be a companion for a philanthropist... because he lost his family and the country's at war.
- Heartwarming Orphan: He's one of the survivors living in Sebastian's refugee camp and becomes acquainted with Diane, who cares about him deeply.
- Ill Boy: Is seen coughing a lot, and being in a war-torn third world country there's a lot of infections he could've picked up.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Diane. She cares for him, and shares her interests with him.
- Kill the Cutie: During a bomb attack. Since his family's gone, Diane is the only one who seems to care.
- Translation: "Yes": A Black Comedy example:Kinko: I am Kinko.Sebastian: In his language, it means, orphan whose parents were murdered by rebels and will die young, probably from malaria.
Played by: Mara Wilson
A rising playwright spider in New York theatre who was involved in "The Bojack Horseman Show".
- Artsy Beret: An avante-garde playwright and lover of True Art who always wears a red beret.
- About the Author: Variation, mixed with Character Shilling. Princess Carolyn mentions that she's the critical darling of New York critics.
- Crew of One: Her "one act, one man, one night only" shows involve her running the whole thing, without backup. In the "Greg Kinglear" presentation BoJack sees, for example, Jill handles the puppet's strings, lighting, and scenery through her spider web and eight arms. Being a spider makes this easy for her.
- Cryptic Background Reference: At first, she seems like just a one-off character who can offer BoJack a job after filming Secretariat, but then, it's revealed that Jill knows Bojack because she worked with him on his show... which is not Horsin' Around.
- Drama Queen: Not in the traditional sense, but her Establishing Character Moment involved asking the waitress to have the cook whisper their dreams into her omelette while preparing it.
- Extra Eyes: Eight eyes to be precise. Justified due to being a spider.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first time we see her in person is during a live representation of "Greg Kinglear", her latest play. It has little equipment and no budget, which shows her valuing the message over aesthetic regarding what she wants to tell. The play itself and the way she approaches it also show a quirk of hers: consummate professionalism even in the most ridiculous circumstances, especially in the way she responds with stoicism to all the over-the-top tragicomedy surrounding her.
- Forgotten First Meeting: BoJack doesn't remember her at all, until Princess Carolyn reminds him of his other show.
- Given Name Reveal: Her real name, as stated and presented in "The BoJack Horseman Show" by Cuddlywhiskers, is Jill Filipowicz. "Jill Pill" is just her Stage Name.
- The Mistress: To Cuddlywhiskers, the co-writer of The BoJack Horseman Show.
- Old Flame: Again, to Cuddlywhiskers. Why did they broke up is never stated, although his reclusive attitude since the show's failure and her interests shifting may have something to do.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She's only known by the name "Jill Pill" in New York rather than her actual name. This is partly the reason why BoJack has a hard time recognizing her, since he remembers her as Jill Filipowicz.
- Red Herring: What initially appears to be a grand opportunity for BoJack to participate in a play ends the moment Jill presents her idea and he rejects it because of how ludicrous it sounds.
- True Art: In-Universe, what she's doing nowadays. Of course, this being a Satire, it has to do with a puppet of Greg Kinnear playing a loose representation of King Lear as well as naked old men being reborn with milk.
- Walking Spoiler: Her character reveals that BoJack had another show, less known than Horsin' Around, in which he worked with Jill.
- Wham Line: Near the end of "Out to Sea", Princess Carolyn again mentions Jill Pill's desire to speak to BoJack about the play she's putting together.
- BoJack: Jill Pill?Carolyn: Ring any bells? Apparently she worked on your TV show.BoJack: Horsin' Around?Carolyn: No actually. The other TV show.BoJack: Other TV show...? Oh, shit! Jill...
Played by: Jeffrey Wright
The hamster producer of The BoJack Horseman Show.
- Broken Ace: Cuddlywhiskers won numerous awards and accolades for his work, but they never made him happy.
- Ivy League for Everyone: He attended Harvard and was president of the Lampoon, which he often mentions.
- Reclusive Artist: In-Universe. After succumbing to depression, he finally managed to heal himself by living a secluded peaceful lifestyle.
The incumbent woodchuck Governor of California, whom Peanutbutter runs against during Season 4.
- Ambiguously Jewish: His surname seems like it's stereotypically Ashkenazi-Jewish, however his voice actor is obviously African-American.
- An Arm and a Leg: His hands are crushed while trying to rescue Mr. Peanutbutter from his sunken mansion in Underground, and are later replaced with a series of transplants.
- Boring, but Practical: His overall approach to politics. Unfortunately, the public doesn't much care for boring policy talk, preferring Bread and Circuses instead.
- Butt-Monkey: Mr. Peanutbutter's ridiculous gubernatorial campaign to oust Woodchuck puts the latter through a lot of misery; from almost losing his political office to an obviously unqualified buffoon, to getting his hands amputated and (repeatedly) replaced.
- The Comically Serious: He presents a very dignified public face and is almost completely humourless; the writers love shoving him into the most ridiculous premises they can come up with.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After being ridiculed, slandered, having both of his hands broken and going through various humiliating arm surgeries, he ultimately gets reelected as Governor of California with the help of Peanutbutter by the end of the season.
- Foil: To Mr. Peanutbutter. Both are running for California Governor, but couldn't be more different. Mr. Peanutbutter is an excitable celebrity who only decided to go into politics because he thought he'd be good at it and win because everyone likes him, his main method is Bread and Circuses, but he is ignorant over how to be a politician. Chuck is a stoic current Governor who has been one for many years and wants to still be one because he understands the current issues of the state, his main method is Boring, but Practical, and unlike Mr. Peanutbutter, Chuck is very smart when it comes to politics.
- Nice Guy: He tries to use his position to genuinely benefit people and when Mr.Penutbutter and others are trapped underground he goes out of his way to save them despite the political rivalry, shame none of these are rewarded or acknowledged.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His vocal cadence is heavily reminiscent of Barack Obama.
- Only Sane Man: He treats his job with all the competency and seriousness it deserves while everything else goes mad around him.
- Punny Name: His full name is a pun on the "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck" Tongue Twister.
- Sarcasm Failure: When the whole ski-race thing came up he sarcastically agrees to it if somebody decides to waste a whole lot of time and money to get a bill to legitimise it passed. Naturally that's exactly what happens (along with a load of riders including a bridge to Hawaii).
- Surrounded by Idiots: He's pretty exasperated by the Peanutbutter campaign. This comes to a head when he gets trapped underground with them after a botched (by the rescuees!) attempt to rescue them.
- Tempting Fate: Sick of dealing with reporters bringing up the issue, he accepts that he would be willing to ski race Mr. Peanutbutter for the Governorship but only if there were a State Constitution Amendment made to allow it, which he believes would never happen. One montage later...
Pacific Ocean City
- Apocalypse How: Class 0. In "That Went Well", the crash between the Escape from L.A. and the Cargo Cartindale transporting food, combined with the sun heat, causes several tons of pasta to boil, threatening Pacific Ocean City's existence. As it's explained, if nothing is done, it could lead to the entirety of its population being boiled alive. Then again, considering we're talking about sea creatures here, this could lead to a Class 4 scenario.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: One of the rare episodes that take place outside Hollywoo.
- Atlantis Is Boring: Averted. The entirety of "Fish Out Of Water" takes place in Pacific Ocean City and it's one of the most beautifully animated episodes of the series.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Barely avoided after the major incident in "That Went Well". Boiled alive by pasta and probably rising to the surface to be eaten by either people or predators is not a good way to go.
- Fish People: It's an underwater city, so yeah.
- No Name Given: Other than "Skinny Gina" and Nadia, none of POC's citizens are named.
- Underwater City: A real, functional Atlantis without any fantastic technology and just a different culture. This of course presents several problems during season 3.
- "Fish Out Of Water": BoJack's visit for the Pacific Ocean Film Festival is made difficult by the Culture Clash, especially not knowing how to operate his helmet, how to eat while underwater, which signs not to do in public, what's the bus schedule, how to pay for things, the list goes on. This is shown to demonstrate the issues BJ has with communication and the problems that come with an actual Underwater City.
- "That Went Well" shows also what would happen if a catastrophe were to occur nearby: in this case, a shipwreck containing a lot of food. The citizens are lucky someone was impulsive enough to buy several strainers.
- Water Is Air: Zigzagged. mercilessly, mostly for the sake of jokes. Land-dwellers need special helmets to breathe in the underwater city. However, we see walruses and other such sea animals that actually need air doing totally fine without them. In the spirit of this trope, citizens walk and drive along the sea floor instead of swimming or floating (they also walk normally without any extra effort), yet, Bojack realizes soon enough that he actually can swim, something he takes advantage of to escape safely through a window several stories above the floor. Made even more hilarious by the fact that his pursuers, actual fish, make no effort to swim after him, instead standing there shaking their fists. Printed media and pens seem to be a thing down there as well, but the moment Bojack tries to communicate with Kelsey through a heartfelt, hand-written letter, the ink washes away. This trope seems to be averted and played straight as the story demands, and it's perfect.
- Weird Currency: The underwater dwellers use multicolored shells as currency.
- Explosive Breeder: Yeah, the whole giving birth to 6 infants thing...
- Fish People: A humanoid seahorse.
- Mr. Seahorse: His role in the episode, as he gives birth.
- No Name Given: "Hippocampus Father" or "Mr. Seahorse", your pick.
- Non-Verbal Miscommunication: The reason behind the whole shebang: Mr. Seahorse starts going into labor on his way to work and because of the no-delivery policy of the bus driver, hes forced to ask a surface stranger for help...except the stranger doesnt understand, cant talk due to ignorance of how his helmet works and doesnt know the first thing about being a midwife. After a disastrous, yet clean birth, he leaves with his 5 children...leaving the 6th behind, which the stranger tries to tell him about to no avail, since he still cant talk.
- Obvious Pregnancy: Symptoms include panicking, bloated belly, the nature of real seahorses, going into contractions, asking a stranger for assistance. If only he had a T-shirt saying Giving birth over here!, there could be a definite diagnosis.
- One-Shot Character: Only appears in "Fish Out Of Water".
- Panicky Expectant Father: Well, wouldn't you panic if you're about to give birth in a bus, the drivers have a explicit clause that keeps them from delivering and you're forced to ask a stranger for assistance?
- Parental Neglect: Downplayed. He doesnt realize he has a sixth offspring until BJ comes knocking at his door, leaving him dismayed. However, the brief scene of him interacting with his children shows him coming home tired and passive enough to be yanked by them is gonna happen often.
- Parents as People: Due to his long shifts at the Taffywater Factory, he often arrives home tired. Having 5 (later 6) kids waiting for you back home hoping to play with you doesn't help.
- Satellite Character: Mixed with Living MacGuffin. His role is basically being the father of the lost baby hippocampus BoJack has to reach to return his baby.
- The Unintelligible: Due to most Pacific Ocean citizens having an indecipherable language due to being underwater, BJ has a hard time understanding why he's panicking in the bus until he sees his belly and then can't call him to get his forgotten baby.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Played With. When BJ finally returns his baby, the hippocampus father is confused by the situation, then resigned to feeding another mouth. However, he still offers BoJack some forms of compensation: giving him money or inviting him to dine with them.
- You Are Number 6: The only thing he changes when he gets his baby back is the congratulatory mantle, crossing "5" and putting "6".