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This article is for Netflix's first original animated series Bojack Horseman's character.


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Clients (under Vigor):
  • Bojack Horseman (1993-2015 (followed her to VIM)), Cate Blanchett (?-2014 (switched to Vanessa Gekko)), Diane Nguyen (2014-2015 (followed her to VIM)), Mr. Peanutbutter (2015-2015 (followed her to VIM)), Mila Kunis (?-2015 (unknown, probably switched to other agent after leaving Vigor)), Todd Chavez (2014-2015 (followed her to VIM)), J.D. Salinger (2015-2015 (followed her to VIM)).
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Clients (under VIM):
  • Bojack Horseman (2015-2016 (dismissal/closing of VIM)), Diane Nguyen (2015-2016 (closing of VIM)), Mr. Peanutbutter (2015-2016 (closing of VIM)), Todd Chavez (2015-2016 (closing of VIM)), J.D. Salinger (2015 (dismissal/switched to Gekko-Rabbinowitz)), Sextina Aquafina (?-2016 (unexpected pregnancy/hiatus/closing of VIM)).

An anthropomorphic pink Persian cat who is BoJack's on-and-off girlfriend and who doubles as his agent. An incredibly pragmatic, successful, yet good natured individual, as well as one of the top agents in the agency Vigor, Princess Carolyn prides herself on being able to separate her personal life from her professional life when it comes to dealing with BoJack, for the most part.


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  • 10-Minute Retirement: Played for Drama. After being bested by Vanessa Gecko and receiving an Armor-Piercing Question from BoJack, Princess Carolyn decides to dial back a little bit from work and simply find something outside of it to enjoy. After a disastrous night out and a Breaking Speech from BoJack again, she dejectedly returns to work, the only place where she can truly be in control of her life.
    • Happens again after VIM goes sideways and she is forced to close doors. Once outside, Princess Carolyn remembers her date with Ralph and decides to give normalcy and dating life a try instead of work. She's more successful this time: what drives her back to work is her decision to reinvent herself as a manager and reopen the agency after a Placebo Eureka Moment from talking with Ralph, effectively confirming what her hallucination of Vanessa Gekko told her: she just doesn't do normal routine.
  • Absentee Actor: In-Universe examples:
    • Princess Carolyn is absent from the Christmas Special.
    • Season 1: She appears in all episodes, although her scenes in "The Telescope" may count since they're re-used from the previous episode "Say Anything".
    • Season 2: Possibly "Escape From L.A." since she only shows up for a scene and has little dialogue.
    • Season 3: Carolyn sits out "Fish Out Of Water" and has no lines in "That's Too Much, Man!".
  • The Ace: Downplayed because this show would never let anyone get away cleanly with this trope. While she has her problems, she is in competition with Mr. Peanutbutter as the character who most often has things end up in their favor. And unlike PB, she usually plans out the good things that happen to her. Or to put it another way: she always lands on her feet.
    • Deconstructed in season 4. While Princess Carolyn is very much at the top of her game during most of the season (having an Understanding Boyfriend in the form of Ralph Stilton, the best player in manager business, a trusted confidant and assistant with Judah, confidence, subterfuge and a possible pregnancy in the way), "Ruthie" reveals that the necessity to always be the lifesaver, the always resourceful woman, pure iron in every sense as well as her need to stay in control and not show any weaknesses means she is incapable of expressing any need or reach out for help in any way, be it friend, lover, anyone really, keeping most of her problems to herself. An attitude which collapses inwards when she experiences a particularly horrible day; unable to cope and unwilling to talk through it, she instead sabotages what's left go her good fortune by firing Judah over the Vigor buyout and breaking up with Ralph through shame of him seeing her at her most vulnerable.
  • Addled Addict: An alcoholic example in the second half of season 4. She spends most of her screen time getting drunk that she’s increasingly incapable of doing her job, having to be escorted by her worst employee Stewart to get home safely and puking in her purse. The most terrifying thing of it is that if her backstory is accurate, that’s how her mother started her descent. It takes Todd of all people giving her a pep talk and a cliche-based but well-positioned script to get her back on track.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Implied to have been this when she was young, since she started working at an early age. If one has to cover for their irresponsible mother at her work shifts, why not? It's best to keep tabs and just be the mature one. Though such responsibility at such a developing time might have done more damage than good...
  • Adults Dressed as Children: Or more accurately "dressed as Man Children", since the one she's trying to appeal is a 30 year-old woman who dresses and acts as a teenager and PC plays the part accordingly with headband, crop top and jorts.
  • The Alcoholic: Not as much as Bojack, but she likes to have a few drinks every once in a while when in a bad mood or after a crappy day. A few dozen drinks, as shown when she was breaking up with Vincent. She flourishes as this during the last episodes of season 4 after a string of bad luck leaves her aimless and without anything to look further than her career...again.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: When meeting with BoJack in "Horse Majeure", she drunkenly tries to make him jealous by flirting with a stranger, that turns out to be no other than Vincent Adultman, who is a Totempole Trench full of kids trying to score alcohol. In a subversion, nobody realizes the mistake she just made but BoJack.
  • All According to Plan: During "Prickly Muffin", Princess Carolyn tries to poach Sarah Lynn as a client by acting as a spoiled Manchild, dressing accordingly, attending Sarah Lynn's parties in BoJack's house and interacting with her to subtly push her into thinking they both think alike and should work as a team. When Sarah Lynn chooses Princess Carolyn's rival, Vanessa Gecko, instead, the former seems to be broken by that revelation and the wasted effort until Sarah Lynn leaves, at which point she changes stories and instead talks to Lora about "everything going according to plan" and to set a meeting with Andrew Garfield, Sarah Lynn's ex-boyfriend and the true target. Whether she's being honest or just decided to wing it is open to interpretation.
  • All for Nothing: She has started to believe this about her work at Vigor: sure, she has climbed through the ranks and has a cushy job; but she's alone, disrespected by her peers and finds less and less satisfaction with the kind of work she's doing.
  • Allergic to Routine: Finds out this to be her case in "The Shot", when during a turbulent point in her life, she spaces out during another of BoJack's escapades and projects herself into a Thomas Kinkade painting nearby, imagining a simpler life where everything went her way. After a while, however, she starts feeling bored over everything being the same over and over and eventually decides that she prefers the risks that come with her current life.
  • Almighty Janitor: She's not that high in the agency's hierarchy, yet she has proved time and time again to be the most competent member of Vigor in many fields. As such:
    • She has got BoJack Horseman work on commercials, movies involving Quentin Tarantulino and Secretariat and even theatre.
    • She got back at Vanessa Gecko by conducting a perfect gambit against her involving Cate Blanchett.
    • For plus points, it's revealed that she started up in Vigor by watering the plants. Even as an agent, she hasn't stopped doing so.
  • Aloof Ally: Usually when dealing with one of BoJack's schemes, Princess Carolyn will be the first one to point out how stupid it sounds and declare she doesn't care at all, while still helping, such as in "The Shot". She's also this to Rutabaga in his plan to defect from Vigor and start a new agency, as she's not sure why should it be considered. It takes a long bout of humiliations and a lack of respect for all the things she has done to become more involved with Rutebaga's project.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Her fur is all pink, a hair color definitely not seen in real life.
  • Am I Just a Toy to You?: She never says it outright, but most of her interactions with Bojack in season 1, especially in "Say Anything", seems to demand a response of this kind. She's particularly hurt and angry by the way he has always expected her to be his emotional support without really taking into account anything she wants or feels, only being the elbow he couldn't crop out of a red carpet shot.
  • Amicable Exes: Zigzagged in her relationship with BoJack. They start the series as a (dysfunctional) couple who's always having ups and downs. This goes on for a while until Diane comes along. As they both work their issues separately, they both come to the realization that their intimate relationship is toxic and should only deal with each other in a professional level. BoJack gets mad at the level of effort Princess Carolyn puts into work and she loathes his neediness. It's not that they outright hate each other, they just know each other too well to make a good chemistry. Deconstructed later on when their co-dependence becomes more pronounced and eventually toxic and they eventually start drifting apart when dating other people. As of PC's biggest screw-up, they're not in speaking terms for the time being.
    • Averted when it comes to her other romantic relationships, since unlike hers with BoJack, they usually end up in disaster, bitterness, hurt feelings and resentment...and there's not even a previous 20+ working relationship to fall back on. As such, she hasn't really kept in contact with either of her other exes.
      • Her fling with Vincent was cut short when she spotted a similar looking child accompanying his mother and connected the dots she hadn't seen before: she was dating a married man! It was all later clarified as a misunderstanding, but Vincent's towering lies and surrounding mystery leads her to terminate the relationship, since they're incapable of getting closer or knowing too much of the other.
      • Rutabaga is an even bigger example of a subversion. Unlike Vincent, Princess Carolyn had a long standing working relationship with him in Vigor and appeared to have mutual trust, outside of a few hiccups that involved crossing each other when it came to work-related offers for their clients. The two often found common ground over their sense of being under-appreciated by people around them. Once Rutabaga's frustrations with his wife Katie and dissatisfaction with his station in the 24th floor, he decides to bail on everything by resigning Vigor and divorcing his wife. Everything and everyone gone from his life except one person: PC herself. Rutabaga eventually proposes a partnership and mutual share in a new agency, which Carolyn at first resists only to slowly relent upon seeing Rutabaga's increasing flirtation as well as realizing she's reached a dead end at her current job, giving in to both the idea and Rutabaga's advances, trusting him as a reliable business/romantic partner. However, as weeks pass, Princess starts to notice that Rabbinowitz isn't really listening to any of her ideas despite being equal entrepreneurs, he is passing any chance for actual intimacy for long messages with Katie and has even put the company in PC's name, sliding everything in gray waters. Once bridges are torched, she finds out why: the philandering rabbit didn't intend to part ways with any fling. But they can still be lovers, right? After all, she should be flattered. For being a 40-and-something gal, she surely got a catch. One could say she found immensely satisfying she was the creditor in the estate property or the decision to kick him out was done in a snap. After that, neither of them have shared screen time again or were on speaking terms for a while until circumstances made them work together in Season 4.
  • A Lighter Shade of Gray: Back when she was in Vigor's roster, PC was still one of the best agents in the agency and a Manipulative Bitch extraordinaire, but she never really went out of her way to mess around with people outside the game, was a Fair-Play Villain to those she deemed would do the same, fought tooth and nail for her clients, tried to keep her word at all costs and in general was one of the most decent-ish agents in the business, if not the sanest in social life.
  • Anti-Hero: She's a self-involved agent who will not hesitate to throw someone under the train if the person can be used as a scapegoat, not above using dirty tactics to get what she wants or attending funerals to fish some possible clients, but deep down, she's not a bad person.
  • Anti-Villain: Mostly a Noble Demon and Well-Intentioned Extremist. PC, contrasting other agents, has a soul and morals she won't bend for anyone, especially if her clients are put in the firing line. Not to say of her human treatment of assistants, downtrodden stars and practically everyone looking for a chance at stardom. She's not a hypocrite, though, and freely indulges in the same cutthroat tactics every self-respecting agent knows by heart. The key difference between her and someone like, say, Vanessa Gekko is a) PC can get emotionally invested in her clients' well-being and career beyond the standard and b) she tries to keep a deal when she makes one. No going behind anybody's back. Still, she'll still Kick the Dog through loopholes if they affect her interests: Lora didn't expect PC to invoke Sidekick Glass Ceiling on her when she asked for a promotion but since she was doing a great job as an assistant, Princess would have preferred a backstage diplomatic sabotage rather than outright forbidding her to leave her.
  • Apparently Powerless Puppetmaster: A really subtle version of this trope. Princess Carolyn has her own set of issues, mostly in the subject of love, and is just as lost as everyone in the cast. But she has scored more and more victories than the rest (getting her own rival humiliated, getting Bojack dream jobs as an actor, conning someone out of their company, powering the David Boreanaz scam and getting away scot-free), never comes off worse than before or at best, breaks even. Plus there's the fact that, as of now, she's managing all other 4 main characters of the series, without breaking a sweat. For all of that, she's still lonely, a bit insecure and just an agent of many in Hollywoo.
  • Always Second Best: One of her major Berserk Buttons, especially after breaking up with Bojack, is feeling unappreciated, be it from a romantic or professional standpoint. Just ask her former lovers.
  • Ashes to Crashes: Princess Carolyn ends up in possession of Herb Kazzaz's ashes after her speech in his funeral, and at one point after quitting from Vigor and moving into her brand new agency, the urn ends up being broken.
  • Authority in Name Only: She's not really a Princess. However...
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Let's face it, Princess Carolyn is a cool name.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Time and time again, Princess Carolyn has had the chance (and valid reasons) to drop BoJack as a client, yet has never done it. As much as BoJack mentions that they're just really lonely and hang onto each other for solace, she obviously cares about his well-being. For his part, BoJack has admitted that he does love Princess Carolyn in as much as he can love anyone and even that is not enough to keep him from cutting ties with her in season 3.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: She's not up for asskicking, but has an excellent sense of pragmatism and sheer savviness, especially when it comes to her clients, and she's not afraid of using it if it provides some benefits.
  • Badass Decay: In-Universe. Whenever she's sidetracked by some personal matter, she tends to neglect her professional life. This puts her in a disadvantaged position in the agency business, since two of the requirements are opportunity and concentration. Furthermore, such personal matters can range from being bested and taken away from her cushy position (like with Vanessa Gecko) or simply feeling underappreciated and mistreated at work (like in season 2).
  • Bastard Understudy: Implied to have been this to BoJack's first agent, Marv.
  • Batman Gambit: Uses one against Vanessa Gecko by poaching Cate Blanchett, having gotten her favorite book to become an adaptation, and then being the one to bring her back into the roster in order to score some points and humiliating Vanessa in the process. It works.
  • Battle Butler: Of the "bureaucrat" kind. Being somewhat The Jeeves to BoJack, she uses her work tactics to her and her client's favor, preferring to solve matters through wit, legalities and subterfuge plans. In short, her battlefield is the movie industry and her prize is a part for her clients and a bigger commission.
  • Battle of Wits: In "Say Anything", she ends up engaging in an old fashioned duel with her rival Vanessa Gekko after Vanessa takes away her place in the Vigor social ladder. Princess Carolyn wins.
    • In "Old Acquaintance", she fights another, this time against both Vanessa and Rutabaga, who have teamed up. Princess Carolyn loses.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Done to her by Vanessa Gecko during a Moment of Weakness, with the sneaky gal perking up and taking all of Princess Carolyn's projects without breaking a sweat. Later turned on its head when Princess Carolyn uses her manipulative skills to make the house of cards collapse on top of Gecko since unlike PC, Vanessa cannot deal with the pressure of a deal collapsing and its consequences.
  • Becoming the Mask: As "The BoJack Horseman Show" and "Best Thing That Ever Happened" show, Princess Carolyn originally had one night stand with BoJack, but upon finding out a challenge in getting him back in the saddle as a way to prove herself as a capable agent, she started a relationship with him to motivate him. At some point, PC found herself drawn to BoJack for real, which the horse himself never quite reciprocated.
  • Behind Every Great Man: BoJack might be the one living his life, but Princess Carolyn is the one pulling the strings, mostly because he can't take care completely of himself.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: She prides herself in being able to separate her professional and personal lives. She can even oscillate between two different opinions depending on each of them.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To say she gets exasperated with Bojack's failures or screws might be putting it too mildly....
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Like any great agent, she talks and believes anything about his client or about herself.
  • Benevolent Boss: On occasion, to Laura, her assistant, and Laura only. To Stewart, however, she's just a Mean Boss due to being a Replacement Scrappy. Crops up again with Judah, assistant in VIM, with PC having nothing but respect and trust in him to do work she can't deal with. Of course, she may be putting her trust in the wrong person, if a possible merger between Vigor and VIM is in the horizon.
  • Betty and Veronica: On the context of her relationship with BoJack, she's the demanding, tough and determined Veronica to Diane's friendly, supporting Betty.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Ralph hit it off on their blind date due to their similar sense of humor.
  • Book-Ends: The first time Princess Carolyn meets Vincent, she's a victim of Alcohol-Induced Idiocy and trying to make BoJack jealous. When they break up, she's pretty sober and this close to hitting up the bottle.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: During the 1st season finale, Princess Carolyn and Vincent briefly break-up due to her feeling neglected and not respected to have a serious conversation with him. At the end of the episode, Vincent finds Princess Carolyn and mends up with her in public, as they begin planning their vacation together. Unfortunately, they break up in the next season. Apparently, you can't paper over some real issues in your relationship with just genuine love, especially when both partners have a different perception of how a romantic relationship works.
  • Burning the Ships: Intended to do this by giving a piece of mind to Mr. Witherspoon, before she backed out when she finds out he had a stroke. Unfortunately, Rutabaga didn't get the message and ends burning it for both anyway.
  • Butt-Monkey: Zig-Zagged through seasons 1-4.
    • She averted this in the first three seasons, when in spite of being yanked and suffering just as much as her fellow friends of misery, she's never quite slammed and comes out on top on an evenly basis. However...
    • Played straight as an arrow in the 2nd half of season 4 when her perfect life collapses and she's left wandering between making a fool of herself, being overly anxious and desperate enough to cause pity, drinking her days away without sense of direction or even awareness of her own affairs and yanked from job to job without any hands-on-approach to the agency, to the point where Stewart has to be her Designated Driver since she's often too drunk to drive and Todd has to be the one to give her a pep talk to pick herself up.
  • Career Versus Man: She has chosen "Career", over and over; and she's starting to regret it, as she feels miserable and alone. Thing is, Princess Carolyn has learned the hard way that choosing "Man" may not be the solution to her problems, either.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh, fish!" (usually when Bojack has messed up.)
  • Cats Are Mean: Downplayed. She isn't mean per se, but she has a temper.
  • Cats Are Superior: She's one of the most intelligent members of the main cast and is the only one who somewhat realizes the way Hollywoo works.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: She breathes this trope.
  • Cat Smile: While not her default expression, she shows it from time to time when things are flowing her way.
  • Challenge Seeker: At first, it's just implied here and there by her efforts put in the work even when excluded and keeping BoJack as a client despite his multiple flaws, but eventually it's confirmed in "The Shot" during which Carolyn, in a slump at work, is offered a more peaceful lifestyle, only to eventually reject it for deeming it "too boring", realizing that she needs the emotion and thrill Hollywoo offers.
  • Character Development:
    • Eventually moves on from BoJack, though still puts up with him as his agent.
    • She gets some more in Season 2, realizing that she's not afraid to be alone at 40.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: If she's sporting this, you're in big trouble.
  • The Chessmaster: Especially in "Say Anything."
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: To Bojack.
  • Chosen Conception Partner: Early in the series, it was made clear that Princess Carolyn was keen on having a kid with Bojack. It was also made clear that BoJack wasn't pleased with the idea.
    Police Officer: Step away from the stolen vehicle, sir!
    BoJack: No, no, no. Misunderstanding, officer. I was running away from my girlfriend whom I don't respect enough to have a baby with.
  • Christmas Cake: A central part of her character. Turning 40 is practically reaching 3rd age in Hollywoo due to the high standards in beauty and perfection, making her chances of finding a suitor in her environment increasingly unlikely. The fact that she believes that she's has wasted her life in bad relationships doesn't help.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: As she delicately puts it to Diane:
    Diane: All right, but why are you helping me?
    Princess Carolyn: Because my life is a mess right now and I compulsively take care of other people when I don't know how to take care of myself.
    Diane: Oh.
  • Competition Freak: An imaginary Vanessa Gecko tells her as much: A quiet, rustic life is not for her. She needs the danger.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Averted. She becomes Mr. Peanutbutter's agent in season 2 while still handling Bojack, but no conflict or drama comes from it at all. Even less at the end of season 3 when she's no longer handling any of their business.
  • Consummate Liar: Oh, yes. Be it formulating a story out of the top of her head to pass up as an old friend of a dead guy to pretending to laugh even if she doesn't feel like it, Princess Carolyn always has a way of bullshitting her way through bad pickles.
    • Brutally deconstructed in Season 5, when the prospective mother who would've given up her baby to her quite quickly realizes how she works and essentially tells her to buzz off.
  • Consummate Professional: She believes she's this. And it's true. For the most part.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: When depressed or confused about the route of her life, she tends to look out the window of her office and silently stare into the horizon while reflecting on her choices.
  • Crush Filter: A defining flaw in her personality. Whenever she falls in love or is at the start of a possible relationship, Princess Carolyn can, just like her M. O. in life, dive head first into it, while trying to downplay the red alerts and flaws that pop up in her partner when the sparks start fading.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: When she's really mad, she lets the tones fly.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has a pair and shows them whenever she talks or smiles, although it often overlaps with More Teeth than the Osmond Family since they do look sharp.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. She recounts in "Best Thing That Ever Happened" to BoJack of how as a child, she covered for her mother at work when she (mother) was drunk. And it's revealed in "Ruthie", that before getting pregnant by Ralph twice and miscarrying, Princess Carolyn had three other miscarriages in the past.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Princess Carolyn's first 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".
  • Deadpan Snarker: By default, as she has to deal with BoJack, Todd, Mr. Peanutbutter and at times, Diane.
  • Defecting for Love: The promise of a better life and a possible future with Rutebaga is what finally gives Carolyn the push to jump Vigor's ship and create a new agency with both of them as bosses. The bad treatment she has received for all of her hard work didn't hurt, either.
  • Defector from Decadence: After some bad luck at work and disrespect from both the boss and stagnation on her job, Princess Carolyn starts to consider Rutebaga's offer of becoming partners in their own firm. She does this as well regarding her relationship with Rutabaga once she finds out he's been deceiving her by swindling him out of the new agency's property and kicking him out.
  • Destructive Romance: Deconstructed in her relationship with Bojack.
  • Deuteragonist: Princess Carolyn, along with Diane, is the second most important character next to BoJack.
  • The Dilbert Principle: A competent employee like her is held in the floor 27, while an incompetent Nervous Wreck is on the floor 28, because of Nepotism.
  • Disposable Love Interest: A rare example of a protagonist being a Deconstruction of the trope. Rutabaga reveals to Princess Carolyn that he never proceeded with the divorce and she's The Mistress. He also states that the situation's to her benefit, since through his viewpoint, she doesn't have many options being old. Carolyn, immediately, breaks up with him and invokes the Loophole Abuse detailed below.
  • Disposable Woman: The way Rutabaga sees her, as she's 40 and "in lack of a good suitor". Princess Carolyn isn't amused.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Like BoJack, she hates Honeydew.
  • Double Think: A master of this. Then, again, as she tries to separate what she thinks of her clients from a professional and personal standpoint, it's all part of the trade:
    BoJack: Then, as my agent, do you think I'm getting fat?
    Princess Carolyn: No way. You are in the prime of your life, never looked better.
    BoJack: What about as my ex-girlfriend?
    Princess Carolyn: You look like a pile of crap ate a second pile of crap and then crapped out a third pile of crap.
    BoJack: Wait, wait, so which pile of crap do I look like?
    Princess Carolyn: The third one.
    BoJack: What? That's the worst one.
    Princess Carolyn: I'm not calling you as your ex. I'm calling you as your agent.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Princess Carolyn chastises Todd for passing BoJack's house for David Boreanaz's, not out of any moral qualms, but because she wasn't included. Her skills also add a little more credibility to the scam.
  • Dream Sue: She wills herself onto one in an Imagine Spot in "The Shot" in which she lives in an idyllic country place near a lake with rightful colors, her servant is her rival Vanessa Gecko, whom she received after her married life collapsed and her offspring turned to incest, and follows her every whim and has everything her way. In an unusual variation, it's later deconstructed when the way this world bends her way without any effort on her part starts boring her. Then, well, see Challenge Seeker above.
  • Drink Order:
    • Her main alcohol beverage to drink is wine, specifically red wine.
    • Implied. Her second favorite drink is hinted to be milk, given she is seen with a dozen of empty milk containers in "Escape to L.A.".
  • Dude Magnet:
    • BoJack dated her and while he admits that he never really had romantic feelings for her, he was attracted to her.
    • "Vincent" to the point he made a Love Confession even though they have been dating for a couple of weeks.
    • Rutabaga began an affair with Princess Carolyn.
    • Ralph hit it off on their blind date and months after they saw each other, he couldn't stop thinking about her.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In season 2, she starts to be thrown around the agency despite all the things she has done and sacrificed for them. This is one of the factors for her defection.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In Season 5 she is increasingly torn between producing Philbert and trying to adopt a baby. She spends most of the season attempting to split her time between the two, but the Philbert cast starts to fall apart every time she leaves and potential birth mother are concerned that Princess Carolyn's Workaholic nature will make her a bad parent. In the season finale she drops the Philbert project entirely and rushes to North Carolina to adopt a little porcupine girl.
  • Enemy Civil War: After Vanessa joins the Vigor roster, Princess Carolyn's interactions with her consist of nothing more than the two agents trying to one up each other to keep their jobs. Not ones for actual violence, they prefer to use strategy and sabotage as their weapon of choice as a way to keep any possible damage to a minimum. Ultimately, Vanessa loses after PC manipulates her clients into making one of her deals fall through.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Princess Carolyn's first onscreen appearance is in a Flashback, wanting to break with BoJack while he's completely not paying attention, portraying them as incompatible, with Princess Carolyn putting in most of the work, showing her as a pretty devoted, but uncorresponding romantic partner. And then Bojack throwing her out of a moving car only for her to land on her feet shows how she improvises and recovers well, also because she's a cat. Later, when they do break up, Princess Carolyn calls him in a friendly tone as his agent, despite the rude treatment BoJack shoves her way, showing her as professional and pragmatic. Then, it turns out BoJack's one of her less remunerative clients, again confusing love with work.
  • The Face: Whenever there's some talking, negotiation or dealing the group has to do, Princess Carolyn is always at the front, detailing the conditions, the basic requirements and bargaining with the other representatives in order to get the most beneficial deal she can make.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: In the first episode, she tries to get BoJack to notice on their break-up and why it's happening, while he, oblivious as always, fails to get the increasingly exasperated hints. It's taken Up to Eleven when she tries to make him realize how much he screwed up and he just throws her out of his car.
    Princess Carolyn: You know what, you can take a last look at this face, because it's the last time you're gonna see it.
    BoJack: Hey-up! (pushes Princess Carolyn out of the car, causing her to land on her feet).
  • Fairest of Them All: She seems a little ticked off when asking Diane what's her appeal after Bojack has revealed to her his crush on Diane.
  • Fangirl: Of The Good Wife. She has several episodes on hold that she's just waiting to watch. It may be because of its Reality Subtext...
  • Fangs Are Evil: Played With. She does have fangs being a cat and can often show them when she's smiling in a rather questionable way or when she wants to intimidate someone as a way to dominate the arguments; of course, even when she doesn't have any bad intentions, these still show up which would often put some doubt about the nature of her actions at any given moment. The fact that her status as an agent often toes between heroic and villainous doesn't help.
  • Fatal Attractor: Her love life hasn't been kind to her.
  • Feeling Their Age: She has just turned 40. And she's not happy about it.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: The Female Feline to Mr. Peanutbutter's Male Mutt.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Whenever she's with BoJack and even when she's not, Princess Carolyn is usually the one making breakfast, courtesy of being an early riser.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Apathetic, although she can slide into The Realistic or The Conflicted depending on the situation.
  • First-Name Basis: With Rutabaga. At least for a while.
  • Five-Man Band: Princess Carolyn is The Lancer and The Face, since she's the one doing most of the secondary things for BoJack and is The Chessmaster.
  • The Flapper: In the story she's telling to Bojack in "Let's Find Out", Princess Carolyn is shown to be wearing a similar outfit while attending a poker game hosted by Wilmer Valderrama and ripped wholesale by Mr. Peanutbutter. She may be romanticizing the era, as Bojack suspects.
  • Force and Finesse: Force to Diane's Finesse, insisting on being front for everything, is very aggressive for a bureaucrat, loves winning and can't help but be a showoff while being the Man Behind the Man while Diane relies more on arguments, persuasion and non-confrontational methods to succeed and loves being in the spotlight despite her nervousness.
  • Friends with Benefits: At the start of the series, she was this with BoJack. Not anymore.
  • Full-Name Basis: No Carolyn. No Princess. All of it.
  • Furry Reminder: In her first scene, she's thrown out BoJack's moving car and somehow comes out of a clumsy roll through the air to land on her feet. See also My Instincts Are Showing below.
    • In "The BoJack Horseman Show", back when they were still dating, BoJack once offered her a ball of crumpled up paper as a gift. She is delighted and starts playing with it.

    G-L 
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!:
    • She often does this to BoJack and even once to Todd in "Say Anything".
    • She does this to Diane in "Out to Sea".
  • Gambler Groupies: Implied to have been one in her youth, if her Flashback to The '90s are any indication.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Shown in "The Telescope" during the Flashback, being a dutiful secretary to BoJack's first agent, whom she probably replaced once he retired, and proves to be a social expert when flirting in a friendly tone with Bojack over the phone. As it turns out, this trait of hers started all the way back when she was a little kitten and, not all of it was by choice. Rather, necessity. Tragic necessity.
  • Good Is Not Nice: A strange mixture of this and Good Is Not Soft. In short, Princess Carolyn would often show signs of both "tough but fair" and "Jerkass" behavior without dropping either.
  • Good Is Not Soft: If she calls you out, she will have a list of good reasons to do so. Don't think of justifying yourself, she won't want to hear it. If you're behaving like an idiot, she will call you exactly that and send you on your way. She has good reasons and intentions, but she won't be a pushover.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Being a calculating, imposing woman is a requirement for an agent. And Princess Carolyn has had to resort to some underhanded tactics to keep her job or get what she wants.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Variation. Princess Carolyn has worked quite a long at Vigor and hasn't reaped the benefits of the time invested on the company, but rather than looking for other options, she seems rather complacent about her place without any intention of leaving the agency. It takes a rough string of bad luck and Rutabaga's persuasion to convince her otherwise.
  • Has a Type: The men she has dated were (or that she thought were) good men. In reality, PC has the bad habit of dating men who while having some good qualities, are emotionally unavailable, either because of other compromises (Rutabaga), because they're messed up (BoJack) or because they don't quite comprehend what she wants out of the relationship (Vincent). Her only healthy relationship has been Ralph so far and it exposes exactly why she prefers vacant men: she needs the fire, the option to mother them, to chastise them, to have control; being around a well-balanced individual makes her anxious and withers away her self-perception as reliable, opening her more and more to her inner vulnerability which she doesn't want to face.
  • Hates Being Alone: The reason behind most of her attempts and failures at long-term relationships is because she's afraid of ending up old and alone. Then, after a eye-opening conversation and break-up with Rutebaga, she awesomely inverts it at the end of the 2nd season.
  • Hates Small Talk: Especially if it gets in the way of cutting to the chase.
    Princess Carolyn: (Talking to BoJack after he has screwed up his first take on the Secretariat Biopic) Small talk, small talk, small talk, are you blowing it? I heard that you're blowing it!
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Diane in "Brrap Brrap Pew Pew" because of their diverging morality involving the approach of the Sextina abortion scandal: while PC wants to exploit all for its worth as an Appeal to Pity case whose pragmatic, sensationalist handling will pull VIM from its downward roll towards the abyss, Diane thinks that such dismissal can give fuel to pro-lifers as well as dilute the message in just a plain hurricane of what's topical instead of a serious conversation about the rights for women in such a stigmatized case.
  • Heroic BSoD: A long one during the second half of season 4. As if losing two possible pregnancies and fighting with Ralph and breaking up wasn’t enough, her career is in jeopardy after losing Courtney Portnoy as a client and needs a project to keep herself afloat. Problem is the only actor that convinces people enough to invest in it is BoJack. After failing to contact him and falsifying his signature, she just arrives at his house and pleads to him to help her almost to the point of tears. He does.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Her Catchphrase is "Oh, fish!"
  • Honest Advisor: Very, very honest.
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: While she'll sugarcoat the truth when it's necessary to do so to proceed, most of the time Princess Carolyn will denounce or plain Facepalm when something's going wrong or when one of her clients (mostly Bojack) screws up in an important situation and will berate that person to make sure that mistake is not repeated.
  • Honey Trap: Part of the reason she started her relationship with Bojack in the first place was to make him stop being a Hollywood hermit and to put him back to work for Vigor.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: She controls Bojack's life. Without her, he wouldn't get anything done.
  • Hypocrite: Despite one of her major Berserk Button being unappreciated for her status as Hyper-Competent Sidekick she deliberately sabotaged her assistant Lora’s attempts at getting promoted to ensure that she stuck around.
  • Imagine Spot: During "The Shot", she becomes entranced by a painting and daydreams of the peaceful life shown. After a while, she gets bored with it.
  • In Love with Love: She has a romanticized perception of relationships. Her relationships with Vincent and Rutebaga break her out of this fantasy.
  • Insistent Terminology: After one 10-Minute Retirement she declares that she is no longer a mere agent, she's a manager. She's never able to adequately explain what the difference is supposed to be.
  • Insult of Endearment: When reuniting with Lenny Turtletaub, she refers to him as a "skinny bitch" in friendly terms.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: More than once in season 2:
    • When a discussion about starting a new agency leads to a hot and heavy atmosphere between Rutabaga and Princess Carolyn, things stop dead on its tracks when Stewart butts inside the closet to get a plunger, much to their discomfort and chagrin.
    • Then, when they are about to get it on in Princess Carolyn's office, Mr. Peanutbutter drops by, forcing them to dissimulate about what they're doing.
  • Interspecies Adoption: At the end of Season 5, she ends up adopting a baby porkupine girl that she calls "Untitled Princess Carolyn project" (at least for now, hopefully).
  • Interspecies Romance: With BoJack, a horse; Vincent, an "adult" human, Rutabaga, a rabbit and Ralph, a mouse.
  • Iron Lady: No doubt about it. She's a Go-Getter Girl all grown up.
  • It Doesn't Mean Anything: Zigzagged. While they had their history beforehand, PC and BoJack had a one night stand in 2007. While BoJack believed it to mean something, PC didn't and insisted they shouldn't make a big deal of it. However, when PC sensed BJ could be used as a Meal Ticket to prove herself as a good agent in-training, she used herself as a motivating Honey Trap to get him back in the saddle with Cuddlywhiskers' project. When that failed to bring her some deserved kudos, she started growing sweet on BJ for support and her Chronic Hero Syndrome. The horse, however, had since let go of his infatuation and swang between appreciating her support and hating himself for stringing her along, redirecting the abuse to PC herself.
  • Jerkass: Downplayed especially by comparison to some of the other Hollywoo residents (some even her clients) who she often locks horns against and the fact most of her insults are directed to real pieces of work. Still, PC is really short-fused: When her limit is reached, she doesn't even care about measuring words and can get carried away with the Flowery Insults, often to the detriment of keeping things tactful. Her self-reliant attitude also means that a two-people-job will never fly with her: as long as she doesn't have to include anyone in her life, she'll keep them at arm's length; this can reach self-centered territory as she sometimes forgets to consider other people in her life, leaving them stranded and hurt by keeping them out of the loop.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mostly in the earlier seasons, before evolving into a Ms. Vice Girl. She is tough as nails, stubborn and a pragmatic agent but fair and a good-natured and caring person.
  • The Jeeves: To BoJack, in a Miser and Treacherous Advisor way.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Her betrayal of her trusted 1st assistant Lora is revealed retroactively to have been this, since it kicked off her disinterest in working for Vigor. It also leads to her agency VIM losing an important deal.
  • Karma Houdini: A Downplayed Trope and a rare protagonist example. She's rarely malicious or completely gets away with every bad thing she does, but Princess Carolyn has a tendency out of the core five to be the one most likely to get her way or come out on top of a Gambit Pile Up whenever her clients are involved. In some particular occasions, she has shown herself capable of indulging in corruption and outright threatening of Todd, as well as illegal use of BoJack's house for a tourist trap (David Boreanaz's house) ("Live Fast, Diane Nguyen") or just plain sabotaging another agent's deal just to prove herself superior ("Say Anything"), which rarely will affect her directly. More often than not, her reasons will be more complicated, somewhat selfless motives and benefit other people; but it's quite telling that her Moment of Awesome in season 2 involves scamming an Asshole Victim out of a complex intended for his new agency by invoking a Loophole Abuse. This aspect of hers starts to ebb away during season 3, leading to....
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Many a time, Princess Carolyn has eluded any debris or consequence of her backstabbing, turbulent actions and rather questionable morality approach. In season 3, however, her self-involvement, responsibilities' pileup and constant "means-to-an-end" dog-kicking makes her castle collapse at a crucial point.
    • Her controlling, authoritative treatment of Lora, while Played for Laughs in season 1, was mostly by proxy and unintentional. However, when Lora stands in PC's corner regarding BoJack's casting for Pegasus, a serious reveal takes place: Carolyn ensured Lora wouldn't be promoted since she was that good an assistant. Realizing her "supposed" friend betrayed her in a major way breaks any semblance of friendship between them and turns Lora against her, making the Pegasus deal fall through.
    • The vendetta against Gekko/Rabbinowitz was well deserved, but on analysis, both petty and disproportionate, with both Vanessa and Rutabaga suffering delicate thresholds as result. Their revenge, while similarly campaigned, is rooted more on business mentality than emotion and involves exploiting the cat's foibles to their advantage, one of which is revealing the aforementioned betrayal to Lora.
    • And all of this concludes on BoJack's biggest failure: no Pegasus (or follow-ups after Secretariat) and more tragic, no Jellie Belle (and reconciliation with Kelsey). Once he finds out PC was to blame for the ordeal (especially asking a bigger percentage out of Kelsey's project, impossible since the project was more an indie film), he sets up a meeting at Elefante to fire the cat as his agent. At a point where he is one of her last clients in the failing VIM. Yeesh.
    • In short, "Old Acquaintance" and "Best Thing That Ever Happened" are karma knocking in Princess's door and her being unprepared for the reckoning.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Since Lora is one of the only people PC has constantly interacted that she has treated with actual respect and care (to the point of missing her when she quits Vigor), it comes out of completely left field when PC's discovered to be the reason why she left in the first place: secretly sabotaging her promotion while playing it off as if she's on her side is something no friend should do. As such, when it becomes the sneaky cat's downfall, it's not as surprising as it may seem.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Deep down, she has absolutely no hope of ever finding solace in any relationship. Not that that will stop her from trying or doing her job the best way she can.
  • Lady Macbeth: She plays this to Todd in "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen" with the David Boreanaz scam. She coerces Todd into getting a part of the earnings, then to continue even as the police closes in and finally she leaves him at his own luck.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: This is a major concern for her. She's a middle-aged career woman who's never been married nor had any children, much to her dismay as she's always dreamed of family life. While Carolyn isn't exactly sterile yet, she's in her early 40s and is not too far away from losing her last chance at biological offspring. She does manage to get herself impregnated by a boyfriend, however it ends in miscarriage. And it turns out that she's already miscarried several times before.
  • Leonine Contract: In order to escape his wife's lawyers, Rutebaga puts the property of the new agency in the name of Princess Carolyn. When their affair collapses, Princess Carolyn uses this to take the company away from him, and since she's the legal owner, Rutabaga can't do anything but squirm in anger and disbelief.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: If she sees an opening, she'll take it.
  • Lies to Children: As it turns out, the stories she was told about her necklace being a valuable relic were lies: it’s a novelty one without any value. She discovers this while going to a jewelry shop to fix it during her worst possible day besides VIM’s beginnings.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark Feminine to Diane's Light Feminine.
  • Lipstick-and-Load Montage: In "Say Anything", the entirety of her Safety in Indifference speech below happens during her morning routine of getting ready to go to work, reminiscent of someone preparing to go to the battlefield by giving herself a motivational speech.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Besides her fur color, cat ears and eyes as well as occasional instincts, she looks and acts like an actual human.
  • Lonely Together: In a romantic (and disastrous) way with BoJack.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: A major part of her arc is the realization that her way of looking for a couple has only caused her more pain than anything.
  • Loophole Abuse: As a consequence of another Loophole Abuse. Once Rutebaga's true colors are revealed, Princess Carolyn exploits the properties of their new office being her legal property to kick him out.
  • Love Is a Weakness: That's the way she starts to see it. With the kind of love life she has, it's not surprising. See Safety in Indifference below.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: When the possibility of a relationship pops up, Princess Carolyn tends to lower her guard and allow herself to be bewitched by the feeling and the potential of it, while ignoring the rest. This has caused her trouble more than once.
  • Love Martyr: Even after BoJack out-and-out rejects her.

    M-R 
  • The Madness Place: Usually, her best moments and flashes of tactical genius shine after going through emotional breakdowns, days of reflexion about what she wants, disaster going through her personal and professional life, failed relationships coming to an end or instances of Feeling Their Age and almost losing her job because of it. Once Princess Carolyn's out of her funk, she comes up with Crazy Enough to Work plans or Xanatos Gambits that put her back in the game.
  • The Man Behind the Man: A woman variant. Without her, BoJack's life would be an even bigger mess.
  • Mandatory Unretirement: She tries to back down form work after Vanessa Gecko bests her, wanting to focus on living her life and being happy, starting with an actual date with BoJack. Needless to say, it goes awful and she is back at her old self at the end of the episode.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Most of her interactions with male friends or boyfriends leads to these kind of interactions. Given the kind of tough nut PC is, it’s hardly surprising that most men in her life look a bit meeker in comparison (or are meeker per her preferences).
    • Her first boyfriend, BoJack, is abrasive, an insensitive jerkass and a full-blown wreck, but he’s also needy, emotionally unstable and willing to do anything to get people to like him at least until season 4. PC always “lands in her feet”, has her priorities in order (even if they’re just the ones she can achieve as of the moment), can be harsh but always with a point and has a tight grip on everything out of control, even her clients.
    • PC can be temperamental, rude, divides her time by speaking to all kinds of celebrities, being a savvy negotiator in all kinds of contracts and deals in favor of her and her clients and while having a fashion sense mostly forgoes any feminine traits by aiming for the highest bid. Rutabaga is a easily excited rabbit with a rather campy demeanor, easy going nature coupled with poor work ethic and a taste for bright suits. They end up having a relationship during season 2 at least until his deception is discovered.
    • Afterward, in season 3 Princess Carolyn has a blind date with Ralph Stilton, a mouse with a rich background whom she gets along pretty well, eventually moving to boyfriend territory. Ralph is a friendly, snarky and amiable guy with no need to work for anything. PC is...well, at this point it’s best to describe PC as just being an Iron Lady.
  • Married to the Job: Kinda enforced, given how little else she has. Even so, she pours herself into her work to the point that she turns 40 while she's pulling an all-nighter at the office, all of her romantic relationships go nowhere, and she always finds her best personal satisfaction at work. As such, Princess Carolyn remains devoted to her job, mostly because it's the only place she can find a modicum of control.
  • The Masochism Tango: In the early episodes, she used to go back and forth this way with BoJack.
  • Master Actor: Vital as part of the agent trade. Even then, Carolyn has an outstanding ability to remain as cool, collected and professional an agent can be. Not to mention her impressive acting when it comes to differentiate personal and professional opinion about her clients. Her Double Think above is just one of many examples.
  • Mean Boss: Not to her first secretary, Lora, since she was more of a Benevolent Boss if a little sarcastic at times, but to Stewart, her second assistant, whom she views as a Replacement Scrappy for not being as competent as Lora and way more standoffish.
  • Miser Advisor: Played straight and subverted at certain points. Most of the time, she cares about her commissions and be it managing Todd, Mr. Peanutbutter or Diane, her prime objective will be to obtain as much of a profit as she can get. That being said, she's kind enough to make every deal a sort of quid pro quo with her clients, often getting them new job offers. The depressingly subverted part comes up in her interactions with BoJack, as it's clear he's the least prosperous of her clients and still can't help but look out for him.
  • The Mistress: For Rutebaga, or at least that was his intent. She was looking for something more formal, though.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Played With and invoked whenever she’s dealing with her clients. As much as her job depends on ensuring her clients’ profitability and safety, her methods often involve strong-arming them into better shape through browbeating, pep talks with Backhanded Compliments and advice that must be followed to the letter. As such, everyone in her pocket enjoys big time projects and paychecks, but know enough that when she starts needling into their lives, they have to suck up and submit to her whims, all the better to avoid her wrath. When it comes to BoJack, she can read him quite well and know when to prop him up, especially since he’s so susceptible to PR and wants to be liked, towards the end of season 3, he even accuses her of wanting him to be a mess since it means that she gets to clean it up and then berate him, so she feels essential; Mr. Peanutbutter can be dealt with since he’ll follow every command as long as it’s an order and Todd is passive enough to be bended to her will with the right push. Same thing goes for her romantic relationships, although it usually takes some prodding since she can often try to make an equal relationship work: with Rutabaga, this leads her to almost being taken advantage of and with Ralph, she can’t help but want to be in control due to how anxious her first healthy relationship makes her feel. Of course, that’s not to say she’s comfortable with it: far from it, she’ll be much better if people would just listen to common sense and keep their noses out of trouble. But the way it is, she has managed to make it work which can be dangerous when something better comes around since then she’ll crave to have the stress back.
  • Mirror Monologue: In "Say Anything", she gives herself a pep talk in the bathroom while preparing for work the morning after Bojack dumps her (again.)
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After finding out that Rutabaga didn't go through with the divorce and being personally insulted by him, she takes advantage of her name in the properties to kick him out of her life.
  • The Movie Buff: Implied. She possess quite some knowledge about careers and movies, as well as celebrities's personal lives. There's also the framed posters, hanging through her apartment. Probably Justified as knowing such things is imperative for the success of an agent.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: She is clearly stubborn and occasionally self-invested in her ambitions but she clearly has a lot of people she cares about and is relatively good-natured and kind.
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking: When dating BoJack, Princess Carolyn would often hint the possibility of having a baby. This didn't bode well with BoJack.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After seeing a drug-addled Bojack strangle Gina while filming Philbert, Princess Carolyn is genuinely horrified and realizes that she might've pushed Bojack too far. This is what prompts her to walk out of the project and finally adopt the baby.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: On occasion, Carolyn gets signs of Furry Reminder in extreme situations; hissing when BoJack complains that she's in his house making breakfast or crouching on all fours and jumping out the window when she and Todd are cornered by the police about the David Boreanaz scam.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: She's always frustrated by depending constantly on men who always let her down and on her job which, while well payed, always makes her the third wheel. This, along with Dude, Where's my Respect? above moves her to leave for greener pastures.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: Whenever she has found a guy she feels a connection with, it has ended in disappointment on her part. The way she sees it, her niceness has made her vulnerable to dating all of the wrong people.
  • Nice to the Waiter: She has never showed herself to be always nice; but be it her secretary, a waiter or simply an uninvited guest, Princess Carolyn demonstrates good disposition, has never been rude to anyone unless it's called for and does not hold people accountable for things that are beyond their control. Examples include:
    • Her Benevolent Boss attitude towards Lora, whose advice and concern she accepts and appreciates at every turn, never once mistreating or belittling her. It says something that despite Lora's Butt-Monkey status in Vigor, such embarrassing moments never come directly form Princess Carolyn's actions or directions.
    • Played With with her treatment of Stewart, her second assistant after Lora quits. She treats the former with a lot less consideration than the latter, which is implied to be because she misses Lora and considers Stewart a less competent replacement. Even then, she's a lot more tolerant than she should be, considering his rude and condescending behavior.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Hell, she views BoJack as a screw-up and will call him out if necessary.
  • No Woman's Land: Princess Carolyn is well aware of the aloofness and obstructing attitude Hollywoo has towards women in powerful positions. As such, she's dedicated to earn her place within the ranks of the most powerful agents in the business.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The only mammal on the show with eyes that match her species, being all green with narrow pupils.
  • Odd Friendship: She and Todd turn out to be remarkably good roommates despite their diametrically opposed personalities.
  • Office Lady: Princess Carolyn's portrayed as a competent, strong-willed agent who's constantly hindered by her personal issues and the casual machismo and incompetence in Vigor, the company in which she works.
  • Office Romance: With Rutebaga in season 2. It doesn't go well.
  • Official Couple: Initially, with BoJack; then, in the latter half of the 1st season, she hooks up with Vincent until their mutual separation in season 2. After that, Princess Carolyn gradually becomes a couple with Rutebaga, a co-worker of hers, until their ugly break-up, professionally and emotionally.
  • Oh, Crap!: "Oh, fish!". Her usual Catchphrase.
  • Old Maid: What she has become In-Universe, with shades of Christmas Cake and an extreme case of Feeling Their Age. One of her biggest fears is staying that way and becoming a spinster without any sort of romantic prospects with whom share her life in a long-term and meaningful way.
  • Old Man Marrying a Child: With Vincent Adultman. An unique variation in that she is unaware of it and he (they) are too innocent to fully understand what's happening.
  • On-Again, Off-Again Girlfriend: She's this to BoJack, until she hooks up with Vincent.
  • Only Sane Employee:
    • In between the madness, she seems to be the only one in Vigor with something between their shoulders.
    • On the Philbert set she's the only thing keeping things remotely on track. The one time she was gone for a few days things degenerated into a multi-way dick waving contest resulting in several injuries and a massive budget overrun.
  • Only Sane Woman: When dealing with BoJack and Todd. Otherwise she has her own set of neurosis.
  • On the Rebound: She meets Vincent while trying to make his ex Bojack jealous and they end up becoming a couple.
  • Operation: Jealousy: She tries to invoke it in "Horse Majeure" by flirting with the first stranger she sees, hoping that Bojack's jealous. She ends dating the stranger for a few months.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: As part of the job description, Princess Carolyn will never waste any advantage or opportunity that's presented to her, be it crashing a funeral to attract new clients by faking compassion or taking over an illegal operation and involving several of her resources to turn into a prolific scam.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: "Ruthie" reveals that combined with the two miscarriages she had after getting pregnant by Ralph, she had three other miscarriages in the past.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: Deconstructed in her backstory. The youngest of all of her siblings, PC covered her mother’s job as a maid within a rich family’s mansion. As she describes it years later, such aristocrats were the living image of Idle Riches and flaunted their wealth and excesses without shame in front of a young kitten whose living condition were considerably worse than normal and had to clean up after them in a daily basis, no doubt from the remains they left carelessly and could afford to do. Such dissonance between what an idealized lifestyle would look like next to how other people would disregard it without any thought and how someone like her, someone who could give good use to such fortune, had to live through alongside her family was the catalyst for her current Workaholic nature.
  • Pet the Dog: Often has these moments, to showcase her softer side.
    • When she and BoJack are breaking up and Mr. Peanutbutter meddles in, she's the only one of the two who actually greets him with courtesy, while BoJack tries to get him to leave.
    • Obviously furious when she thinks Vincent has a wife and sonnote , she never takes her anger on the kid and is really kind to him.
  • Pink Means Feminine: You can't just get any more of this than a female cat whose entire fur is pink.
  • Rags to Riches: As BoJack lampshades, she went "from a daughter of a maid to head of [her] own company".
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: In spite of having a girly side in the fashion sense, Princess Carolyn is all over this trope: Having risen herself up from humble origins, she feels there’s no need for sentimentalism, small talk or anything than involves emoting nor getting attached in relationships or friendships of any kind. Just continue and don’t look back. Reasons for this vary from her previous dating experiences leaving a sour taste in her mouth, her knowledge of Hollywoo being a No Woman's Land and any kind of weakness is exploitable, her desire to be in control of her life without anybody’s help but above all, it’s her sense of having everybody’s confidence in her abilities without any kind of error margin to explore. As such, she wants to give this impression without having to face the emotional consequences.
  • Redhead In Green: Downplayed. She has pink hair and her outfits consists of both yellow and green.
  • Refusal of the Call: During a dinner with BoJack, Carolyn receives a call from Vanessa, taunting her about the deals she's making with her clients and her project, trying to push her to strike back. Princess Carolyn, already tired of fighting, tells her that she's not going to do that, instead wanting to focus on the life outside of work, to simply be happy. It's really sad, considering what happens next..
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Princess Carolyn and BoJack are always going back and forth between seemingly breaking up for good and returning to give it one more shot. Justified since, as he explains himself, they're not really in love, just craving to communicate with someone, basically hanging onto each other since there's no one better around.
  • The Reliable One: Along with Diane and occasionally BoJack, she's the least likely to get sidetracked by personal issues and even if she does, that will only push her to improve upon her work and life.
  • Rousing Speech: She invokes this from Rutabaga by telling him to give her the "Superhero" speech.
  • The Runt at the End: The runt in a litter of 12 kittens.

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  • Safety in Indifference: In her Mirror Monologue above, she comes to this conclusion, deducing that it's best to focus on work and forget about feelings.
    Princess Carolyn: You gotta get your shit together. So yesterday you let yourself fall in love a little bit and you got your heart broken. Serves you right for having feelings! Starting now you are a hard, heartless career gal. Go to work, be awesome at it, and don't waste time on foolish flights of fancy. From now on, you're a robot. Beep bop boop blerp bleep.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: She's dismissive and impatient with BoJack. Still, Princess Carolyn will always be there to get his back.
  • Seamless Spontaneous Lie: In "Still Broken", when one lie about knowing Herb gets the attention of everyone present in his funeral, she then is forced to continue lying, using some facts mentioned previously to give it more credibility. Her lie becomes so convincing that Henry Winkler, an old friend of Herb, gives her Herb's ashes.
  • Second Love: After breaking up with BoJack, Vincent becomes this for Princess Carolyn. After they also break up, Rutabaga (briefly) becomes this.
  • Sex for Solace: It's constantly shown that Carolyn, one way or the other, is BoJack's crying shoulder (and pussy) for when things go awfully wrong in his life.
  • A Shared Suffering: Played for Laughs. Bojack and Princess Carolyn may not agree on a lot of things, but there's an unanimous opinion between them: they both hate honeydew.
  • Ship Tease: Maaaayyybbbeee a little with BoJack at the end of season 4. While they leave their meeting in a better standing than before and they remain Just Friends, BoJack is actually supporting of PC for a change, does her favor without hesitating and even comforts her about her possible infertility, even encouraging her to adopt since “the world needs good moms” which from BoJack it’s certainly from experience. PC, from her part, seems a bit happier from the talk, opens up about her current problems and underlying need for someone and actually looks forward to see BoJack on set.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Well, she had pink fur and lime green eyes, but she's one of the main characters.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Don't be fooled by her demeanor and appearance. She could outmaneuver you in any matter in a pinch with nothing more than wits and bravado.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She's tired of fooling around and wants to enter a steady and serious relationship. It's turning out to be a lot harder than she thought, especially with the demands of her job and her prospectors not being up to the task.
    • While she's very much aware of BoJack's flaw and self-destructive nature, she also admired him for his honesty and how he could be nice, on occasion.
    • She flirted with "Vincent" at first to make BoJack jealous, but came to seriously like and date him because of how mature he was.
    • Began having an affair with Rutabaga, her co-worker who would always maker her feel good on a particularly crappy date and also managed to make her laugh. However, when Princess Carolyn discovered he wasn't going ahead with his divorce to his wife, she stopped the affair.
    • Enters a relationship with Ralph, a charming, friendly man whose similar sense of humor manages to maker her laugh.
  • Small Town Boredom: During her short stint in small town life in "The Shot", one of the things that eventually makes her disaffected with the environment is how little is to be done around.
  • The Social Expert: She has excellent people skills and is very good at figuring out what motivates her clients. One of her key advantages over other agents is that she actually takes the time to learn her clients' interests, so she knows exactly the trump card to pull out to get them to do what she wants.
  • Spotting the Thread: Figuring out a key body tic on Mr. Peanutbutter with the help of Princess Carolyn is how Bojack starts to gain an edge on "Hollywoo Stars: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things? Let's Find Out!"
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: She complains about Honeydew the same way Bojack does.
  • Start My Own: Though it wasn't entirely her idea or desire, she starts her own agency during the close of Season 2.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Constantly oscillates between the two. More often than not, any course of action she takes will be for the benefit of her client. That doesn't mean PC will go easy on you if you start slacking on your part, but she has often proven to be a more caring and decent agent than others.
  • Supreme Chef: Revealed to be one in Season three, as her mother was the alcoholic maid for a wealthy family, meaning PC typically had to fill in for her to keep her from being fired.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When the plan changes, she makes sure to claim it for herself, such as when J.D. Salinger proposed the title of a new show to Wanda.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Princess Carolyn has fish and water colors in her dress.
  • Team Mom: Most likely to settle a fight between two or more members of the group or outright give them a verbal Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! when they sink into a useless slump? Check. Tries to get them to follow the rules or at least not screw up when they do something? Check. Chastises them when they do screw up, yet can't stop from looking out for them? Yep, Princess Carolyn checks all the requirements.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Flashbacks in "The Amelia Earhart Story" reveal that she got pregnant as a teenager after a moment of passion with the son of the wealthy family she cleaned house for. However, it ended up being a miscarriage (the first of many for her).
  • Tender Tears: Bitterly cries in “Ruthie” after discovering the ruse of her necklace and having an altogether shitty day. Also in “What Time Is It Anyway?” when she begs BoJack to do the Philbert project.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After all of her misfortune in season 4 and on the verge of failing and destroying her career, PC gets a talk from Todd that mirrors the ones she always gives everyone and sets her to finally reach out to BoJack. When that appears to fail, she goes in person at his house and asks him to do it, almost pleading. he immediately accepts, surprising her. After a brief friendly talk in which BoJack encourages her to adopt and telling her she’d “make a great mom”, Princess Carolyn is in better spirits, thanks him and looks forward to seeing him on set.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Possibly fish, since she wears a dress that has stamps of it and uses it as her Catchphrase.
  • Tsundere: Deep down, Princess Carolyn is a sensitive and sweet kitty. She's just really, really cold and assertive as part of her profession and failed relationships.
  • Undying Loyalty: To BoJack. Deconstructed as the lengths she often goes to get Bojack a job or to comfort him are often blundered by his constant mishaps, prima donna tendencies or outright dismissal of her efforts and advice. While he's gotten better at listening and following orders, Princess Carolyn often puts too much faith than she should on him. More often than not, it's portrayed as an unhealthy tie.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: She wants one. Desperately. And so far, she hasn't got him.
  • Underestimating Badassery: She often gets this, from co-workers to even friends. She's always considerate enough to remind her how wrong they are.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Downplayed. While not incapable of showing her better nature or suffering the consequences of her actions, Princess Carolyn is still a self-preservating, conniving and rude bitch who'll stop nothing short of tearing apart any piece of emotional or artistic value for a price and commission, even exploiting some of her closest relationships if it benefits her. Veering into Villain Protagonist territory frequently, PC is stopped short of being irredeemable through a Sympathetic P.O.V. and her crippling loneliness, which constantly subjects her to just as much pain as she gives.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Oh, fish!" when she's angry or has just realized something unpleasant.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her greenlighting and producing Philbert and forging Bojack's signature results in the disaster that follows in Season 5.
  • Villain Protagonist: Played With. More of a Pragmatic Villainy devotee and guilty of a few Kick the Dog moments yet not as antagonistic as other people, Princess Carolyn remains somewhat on the fence for the most part with only few instances of help toward her "friends" coming from similar interests, feeling it's the right thing or avoiding her own issues. She gets serious once something of importance toward her is in line, putting in display her ruthlessness and lack of scruples at short-term but she has her own set of principles as well as loyalty to some specific peers.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Lenny Turtletaub, one of the top producers in Hollywoo. It's hinted by their interactions and banter that they go way back.
  • Voicemail Confusion: Invoked against her. When Princess Carolyn tries to get an explanation from Charlie after her client Emily Van Camp is booted from a movie project behind her back; Charlie, fearful, pretends to be his voicemail. Although not buying it, Carolyn does go along with it to get her message across.
  • What Did You Expect When You Named It ____?: While it could be written off as a joke, Princess Carolyn has all the qualities great rulers, leaders and entrepreneurs have: a strong will, being a Reasonable Authority Figure, high determination, a desire to remain professional, a keen sense of pragmatism and professionalism, an uncanny ability to know when to quit (sometimes) and refusing to stay down, especially by someone else, and simply be independent.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Not that Princess Carolyn is a saint, either but....BoJack has given her enough reasons why she shouldn't continue to be his agent and yet she keeps doing favors and coming through for him, time after time. Seriously, Carolyn, what the hell?
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: In-Universe. Even when he has given her more than enough reasons to drop him both as a boyfriend and as a client, Princess Carolyn continues being there for BoJack, beyond any kind of strict professional contact. Even now that they're no longer dating, Princess Carolyn still looks out for him as his agent.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Princess Carolyn has started questioning this about her job. See All for Nothing above.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She struggles to project a successful, well balanced image of herself at all times. While she's more stable than other examples, underneath it all, Princess Carolyn has a natural vulnerability that threatens to slip any second she's not careful.
  • Workaholic: Deconstructed, as she works all the time because there's really nothing else in her life.
    Laura: Are you gonna head out soon?
    Princess Carolyn: (staring out the window) Where else would I go?
  • Wrong Guy First: While it's doubtful BoJack was the first boyfriend Princess Carolyn had, their breakup kickstarts the majority of their Character Development as they realize they're the wrong people for each other, Princess Carolyn especially. Of course, her following suitors aren't much better.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: On her best moments, she can improvise stuff to keep herself going. The end of "Prickly Muffin", "Say Anything", "Still Broken" and "Out to Sea" best exemplify this.
  • You Go, Girl!: She's one of the only two female protagonists and easily the most successful out of the two.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Probably the first Persian cat in Western Animation whose fur is naturally pink.

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