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This article is for a major supporting character of Netflix's original animated series BoJack Horseman.

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"Suck a dick, dumbshits!"
Sarah Lynn as a pop idol 
Sarah Lynn dressed for funerals 

Played By: Kristen Schaal

First appearance: "The BoJack Horseman Story: Chapter One"
Official Debut: "Prickly Muffin"
Last appearance: "That's Too Much, Man!" (Alive); "What Time Is It Right Now" (Cameo)

"I can constantly just surround myself with sycophants and enablers until I die tragically young."

The actress who played Sabrina, the Horse's younger human daughter on Horsin' Around. After several attempts to stay famous, including a pop album and fashion line, she ends up burnt out and drug-addicted. While out with her boyfriend, Andrew Garfield, she and Bojack reconnect and reestablish their friendship.

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  • 24-Hour Party People: Invoked. Sarah Lynn is always up for a party, to the point of it being the only thing she cares about any more. Hell, in the show's opening during BoJack's party, Sarah Lynn is standing in the background with a beer in her hand talking to someone until she disappears upon her death at the end of season 3.
  • Abusive Parents: Her mother was an overbearing helicopter parent who basically used Sarah Lynn to experience fame vicariously and crushed her dreams of something beyond fame, and her step-father is strongly implied to have molested her.
  • Acting Your Intellectual Age: Sarah Lynn is 30 years old at the start of the series and 32 when she dies, but she still acts like a teenager.
  • Addled Addict: Contrary to being the funny Stoner, she shows realistic signs of her drug abuse, including an inability to focus when not high, manipulating others as a means of indulging her addiction, and emotional volatility. It would be wrong to call her a functional addict, but like BoJack, she's experienced enough that her tolerance can make it difficult to tell when she's legitimately impaired versus just being a Jerkass.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Part of the reason she's in such a bad place in the present. During her brief pop career, she was so desperate to please everyone that she'd drop everything to fulfill fan requests. Eventually, doing this without receiving anything in return started to take its toll on her, and left her a jaded mess.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While she's only shown in relationships with men onscreen, she also makes statements about not really caring about gender.
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
  • Sarah Lynn fits almost all of the diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder:
    • (1): Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment: Her first appearance as an adult features her acting out following a breakup with boyfriend Andrew Garfield, downing pills and stabbing herself with a rusty bayonet in the middle of a home improvement store. Andrew claims that he wanted to do it in a public space so she wouldn't make a scene, to which she replies "You think I won't make a SCENE?" In a later episode, she's shown visiting Andrew in the hospital, implying a case of splitting, where she flips between idealization and demonization of someone she has a relationship with.
    • (2) A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation: Although the idealization has died out, her relationship with BoJack is extremely volatile. One minute, she goes back to seeing him as the Parental Substitute he acted as in her youth; the next, they're yelling at each other, and in the next, fucking.
    • (3) Identity disturbance, markedly and persistently unstable self image or sense of self: In the season three episode, 'That's Too Much, Man!' some things imply this, such as wondering if she should get another boob job and drawing exaggerated doodles of it. However, the real identity disturbance comes when she wins an Oscar while she's on a month-long bender with BoJack and comes to the realization that she doesn't like anything about herself, offering a shaky, horrified speech about it all.
    • (4) Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating): She is almost constantly high or looking for her next high, she has a lot of sex, even in unadvisable circumstances, and at one point, she tells BoJack she's sobering up... while painting her nails and driving at the same time.
    • (5) Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior: She stabs herself with a rusty bayonet and tells Andrew she'd bleed for him. She also seems passively suicidal, having accepted that she'll "surround [herself] with sycophants and enablers until [she] dies tragically young," which happens in "That's Too Much, Man!".
    • (6) Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood: Her mood changes frequently. On the drive to the hospital following the rusty bayonet incident, she thinks it's all quite amusing and is no longer experiencing the terror she was only minutes before. Later, she goes directly from an Oscar win to a What Have I Become? crisis.
    • (7) Chronic feelings of emptiness: Although not directly stated, her hedonism and addiction could be an attempt to fill a void and feel something, as they frequently are in real life. In addition, she repeatedly states that she's bored during her bender with BoJack. It can be picked up on by the viewers that, essentially, the only thing that would make her feel fulfilled would be becoming an architect, a childhood dream shot down by her mother. She expresses genuine knowledge of it in spite of having never gone to college and her final words are "I wanna be an architect."
    • (8) Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger: She snaps easily when confronted with something she doesn't like, as can be seen in the rusty bayonet incident and the way she lashes out at BoJack when he asks her to stop destroying his house.
    • Other: Trauma is seen in many BPD cases, either exacerbating or causing the symptoms. Her mother forced her into a predatory industry and crushed her actual dreams, and it's strongly implied she was molested by her stepfather.
  • Amicable Exes: Despite their very nasty break-up, she at least cared enough about Andrew to visit him in the hospital during the Season 1 finale.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Her original surname was "Helmulfarb", according to the captions, which seems to be a garbled version of "Himmelfarb", a generally Ashkenazi Jewish surname. Also, she mentions that she doesn't want her body to be a temple because she's been to Temple and it's boring; using "Temple" in that context implies a Jewish service.
  • Attention Whore: She wants to be the center of attention at all times, and she's willing to go to extremes, including self-mutilation, to achieve that.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Near the end of their bender in "That's Too Much, Man!", Sarah Lynn passes out briefly while BoJack is giving a rambling monologue about what "true love" means. When she doesn't respond, BoJack calls her name in fear, and she wakes up and angrily yells "WHAT?". A few minutes later, a similar scene in the planetarium as she goes to sleep again, this time next to BoJack. This time, when he calls her name, she doesn't respond.
  • Big Sleep: After all of their misadventures, Sarah Lynn just dozes off peacefully at the planetarium and never wakes up.
  • Brainy Brunette: While she rarely speaks about it as an adult, she's always been interested in architecture. The real reason she loves planetariums is because she can tell how much work goes into building a dome.
  • Break the Cutie: She was a sweet, caring girl, but being introduced to the entertainment industry at such a young age eventually convinced her that she'd never be valued for herself, and that life was meaningless.
  • Cast Incest: An in-universe example. In a drunken stupor, Sarah Lynn and Bojack, who played her foster father in Horsin' Around, have a blow-out argument, then have sex.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Her character Sabrina's catch-phrase on Horsin' Around was "That's too much, man!"
    • "Suck a dick, dumb shits!", later adopted by other characters.
  • Character Death: After going on a massive binge with Bojack, she ends up dying in a planetarium.
  • Cheerful Child: She used to be an extremely sweet-natured child who just wanted to be loved. The juxtaposition of the genuine Nice Girl she was in flashbacks and the jaded, spoiled adult she eventually became is at the heart of her relationship with BoJack, who both sees her as something like his own daughter as well as seeing much of his own life and many regrets in how she turned out.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: Had one as a child which symbolized her child-like innocence.
  • Children Are Innocent: Deconstructed. Sarah was a curious, kind child who just wanted to please the people around her — which ended up destroying her as she tried to live up to Hollywood's impossible standards and the adults around her taught her she was only valuable as long as she was popular.
  • Christmas Cake: As a woman over thirty, Sarah Lynn is considered past her prime in Hollywoo, and she's painfully aware of this fact.
  • Contractual Purity: In-Universe example. Her contract for Horsin' Around was written to preserve her family-friendly, innocent image. After the show ended, she was desperate to shed her squeaky-clean image, and ended up Jumping Off the Slippery Slope in the other direction.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Sarah Lynn started out her career as a sweet, eager-to-please child, but abuse from her parents, neglect from her costars, and terrible advice from the one person she looked up to put her on a path to become a nihilistic hedonist.
  • Creator Backlash: In-Universe, Sarah Lynn has a tortured relationship with her Teen Idol/pop star career — proud of the work, but disgusted by perverted fans telling her how she was the first girl they ever masturbated to every day.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Her reunion with Bojack in 2007. Despite everything else she had been through, Sarah Lynn still grew up to be hardworking, intelligent and charitable, but was well aware that people only cared about her image and what she could give them. When BoJack visits her, she sees it as a chance to reconnect with someone who really care about her. Then, he lets it slip he wants her to appear on The BoJack Horseman Show to boost ratings. Seeing that even her close friends just see her as someone to exploit, she tells BoJack to leave, and later decides that nothing really matters, including her own life.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Exposed to the toxic culture of Hollywoo as a child star where she was under the "guidance" of her self-absorbed co-star, overbearing Stage Mom, and heavily implied sexually abusive stepfather.
  • Descent into Addiction: After Horsin' Around ended, Sarah Lynn struggled to keep herself relevant through launching a clothing line and becoming a pop star. The failure of these attempts, along with the awareness that people only cared about what they could get from her, lead to Sarah Lynn turning to drugs.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: As a child, Sarah Lynn just wanted the approval of the adults around her, even when they blatantly ignored her wishes or taught her terrible lessons. As an adult, this desire for love mutated into an unhealthy hunger for fame and attention.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Falls asleep curled up with BoJack at the planetarium and never wakes up. BoJack is deeply traumatized by her death, and blames himself.
  • Dissonant Serenity:
    • While she's stabbing herself in the hips with the bayonets, all she mutters are a few sedated if pained grunts. Even after starting to bleed and everyone looking at her horrified, Sarah Lynn asks calmly (even with difficulty) if someone would like to see her take a dump in some of the furniture. When almost bleeding to death in BoJack's car, she's treating the whole thing like a minor mishap.
    • She identifies the bear fur in Herb's suitcase by licking it, and casually says she can recognize the taste because her stepfather was a bear. Everyone else is taken aback, but Sarah Lynn is completely casual about it.
  • Drama Queen: When she's not too hopped up on drugs to care, Sarah Lynn flies off the handle at the smallest thing. Her Establishing Character Moment is her screaming at stabbing herself at the mere suggestion her boyfriend might leave her.
  • Drop-In Character: In her first appearance, she crashes at Bojack's house after getting dumped, stabbing herself and being taken to the hospital.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She is visibly shocked at BoJack admitting he nearly slept with Penny, and goes into great detail about how emotionally damaging it probably was for Penny.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Her reintroduction in "That's Too Much, Man!", is Sarah Lynn going through her morning routine singing Disney Princess-style. Then, the paparazzi show up and everything goes to hell.
  • Famous Last Words: "I want to be an architect." Also one of the things a young Sarah Lynn said in her very first episode.
  • Foil: Sarah-Lynn and BoJack have a lot of similarities; both of them are famously washed-up TV actors who starred on the same old sitcom; pretended to be wholesome people on-set, but actually lived very miserable personal lives; and who indulged in heavy amounts of sex, drugs, partying, and boorish behavior in order to cope with their depression, loneliness, and self-loathing.
  • Forgetful Jones: Sarah Lynn forgets important things fairly often as a result of her drug use. She doesn't even recognize Bradley when they reunite, despite having been on a show with him for years.
  • Foreshadowing: Regarding her eventual death and desire to be an architect.
    • When Sarah Lynn and Bojack hook up for the first time, she tells him that the only drug she needs is "horse." In season three, Goober explains to Bojack that "horse" is a street name for heroin, and Sarah Lynn's death is caused by overdosing on a specific type of heroin named after BoJack.
    • In "Prickly Muffin", the episode where she's first introduced, her music video takes place in a planetarium, and in a flashback to her days on the Horsin' Around set she tells her mother that she wants to be an architect. In "That's Too Much, Man!", she and Bojack end their drug bender by going to a planetarium, where she says that she's always been fascinated by domed buildings and her final words before she dies in Bojack's arms are that she still wants to be an architect.
  • Former Child Star: Of the "drug-addled trainwreck" variety, capped off with a pushy Stage Mom and having several terrible role models (including BoJack himself).
    Sarah Lynn: Oh, you 'know what I'm going through'? Why? Because you were on some dumb kids' show a million years ago? I had my own fashion line when I was ten. By 20, I was packing stadiums. I get letters every day from boys telling me that I was the first girl they masturbated to. Literally, someone tells me that every day!
    BoJack: That is gross.
    Sarah Lynn: Oh-ho, I know!
  • Freudian Excuse: Most of her flashbacks include trying to be friends with Bojack or her other co-stars and always getting rejected. There's also her stepfather who took advantage of her, and her mother was a very pushy Stage Mom.
  • Friend in the Black Market: Her contact to get prescription pills is named Dr. Hu.
  • Friendless Background: Ultimately, she's never formed a relationship that went beyond the superficial. She's tried time again to bond only to be constantly disappointed time and again until she finally Stopped Caring. Once the novelty fades, everyone abandons her, one way or another.
    • She was was isolated from her peers as a child, homeschooled and kept away from non-industry friends by her exploitative Stage Mom.
    • Hollywoo sees her as a star on a comeback when she dips into pop music, only to toss her aside when she hits her dreaded thirties.
    • Andrew Garfield is her boyfriend up until her popularity fades and her addictions and flightiness become unmanageable.
    • All the party girls and boys (and lemurs) only hang out with her for the drugs.
    • BoJack, seeing the wreck she has become, tries to act as a father figure to her, then ends up sleeping with her (without even knowing she might have been abused by her stepfather as a child).
    • Even after everything, she's desperate for approval and affection, but has no idea where to start.
  • Full-Name Basis: Everyone who meets her calls her "Sarah Lynn". Not Sarah, not Lynn, her full name.
  • Functional Addict: More so than Bojack. She takes whatever drug she can find, but she still leads a (semi) normal life, at least by Hollywoo standards.

  • Genius Slob: Sarah Lynn seems to care about nothing but her next fix or party, but in the few times when she focusses on something else, she shows that she's smarter than she first appears. She has a deep knowledge of architectural techniques; during a drunken blender, she wrecks the playhouse Oxnard was building for his son and then criticizes his building techniques. Diane's comments on her pop career imply that Sarah Lynn was satirizing the Lowest Common Denominator aspects of pop music.
  • Genki Girl: As a young girl, Sarah Lynn was bouncy, energetic, and extroverted. After losing her relationships to the pressure of the entertainment industry, the destruction of her career, and her descent into addiction, Sarah Lynn still has her effervescence, but it's been redirected into a constant need for stimulation and gratification in the form of drugs, partying, and other excess.
  • Go Out with a Smile: After a series of drug-fueled misadventures, winning an Oscar and finally going to the planetarium like she wanted, she dies peacefully in Bojack's arms.
  • The Hedonist: Sarah Lynn lives for her pleasure. In Season Three, she manages to go sober for nine months just so her high will be intensified once she goes off the wagon.
  • Heel Realization: While on a bender in a motel room with BoJack during "That's Too Much, Man!", Sarah Lynn suddenly realizes that she doesn't like anything about herself, or her life.
  • Hidden Depths: Expresses an interest in being an architect that she quickly dismisses as a joke, and yet demonstrates an actual appreciation and knowledge of architecture.
    Sarah Lynn: (regarding a playhouse they smashed) You gotta use parallel joints to support that foundation, dumb-shit!
    • Earlier in the same episode, she wants to go to the planetarium because of how trippy everything gets if you're there while high. Later, she reveals that it's actually because she loves the amount of effort that goes into making a domed building.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: In the season one finale montage, she visits Andrew Garfield in hospital and nuzzles his hand.
  • His Story Repeats Itself: Two examples, each taking part of her personality and paths.
    • First and most obvious is Sextina Aquafina. Teen pop stars who are concerned with appearances, wear revealing outfits and exploit their sex appeal, and act like their Popularity Power gives them free reign to be entitled.
    • Then, there's Chloe, the actress playing the Sabrina-Expy in Ethan Around. She's an innocent girl with dreams of stardom, who looks up to BoJack. Only time will tell if she'll wind up just as broken as Sarah Lynn, although she seems to have better parents.
  • Hope Spot: She manages to win the Oscar for Best Song only to die not long after.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Reinvented herself as a sexy teen pop star in a desperate attempt to shed her squeaky clean sitcom child star image.
  • I Am What I Am: Sarah Lynn is aware that her lifestyle and abuse of drugs will catch up to her at some point, and she's quite accepting of that fact.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Inverted, as she regrets not going to college or leaving showbiz behind to pursue her interests in architecture.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her skull-patterned blue and purple jacket and black shorts. It's later revealed that she never wanted to wear them, but since she's getting paid for it and she was the first choice to do so, she accepted.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: She has these and they fit her cold, self-absorbed personality pretty well.
  • Immune to Drugs: Deconstructed. Sarah Lynn initially seems to remain functional, despite the large amoutns of drugs she does. However, it's later revealed that she's building up a tolerance, and needs to take more and more drugs to get a high leading to her death from an overdose. For a few months before her last bender she had gone sober for the sole purpose of lowering her immunity and getting a better high afterwards.
  • Innocence Lost: She was a sweet kid, until the entertainment industry took everything from her and discarded her, leaving her a jaded mess..
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: As a child, her blue eyes signified her innocent, hopeful outlook.
  • Jerkass: Sarah Lynn is brash, abrasive, self-centred and frequently manipulative.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • "Still Broken": Sarah Lynn calls out BoJack for trying to absolve himself of guilt for what he did for Herb.
    Sarah Lynn: Oh, I get it. You just don't wanna be here.
    Sarah Lynn: You know, it's amazing that it's legal for kids to be actors. How is that not child labor? I didn't know what I was signing up for. I was three.
  • Just a Flesh Wound: When BoJack tries to send her to rehab for a second time in "Prickly Muffin", she claims she's fine, and shows him that she fixed her stab wound with duct tape.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies of a drug overdose in "That's Too Much, Man!"

  • Lack of Empathy: She'll play on others' emotions for her own benefit but goes out of her way to ignore anyone's suffering but her own. Interestingly, she does seem to expect the same treatment in return — she'll pawn a keepsake for drugs, but instantly forgive someone for using her.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: The crux of her character. During a Flashback in "Prickly Muffin", BoJack gives her a little advice on life. She takes it to heart.
    BoJack: Hey, you see those people?
    Sarah Lynn: Yeah.
    BoJack: Those boobs and jerkwads are the best friends you'll ever have. Without them, you're nothing. Remember that. Your family will never understand you. Your lovers will leave you or try to change you, but your fans, be good to them and they'll be good to you. The most important thing is, you got to give the people what they want, even if it kills you, even if it empties you out until there's nothing left to empty. No matter what happens, no matter how much it hurts, you don't stop dancing, and you don't stop smiling, and you give those people what they want.
  • Lust Object: Deconstructed She's is this for a lot of teens who grew up in The '90s and still send her love letters that detail how she was the first girl they masturbated to. She thinks this is disgusting, but she doesn't want to disappoint people by saying so publicly.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: Downplayed, but the realization that even those she viewed as her closest friends were leaching off of her fame for the sake of their own careers sent her into a downward spiral of hedonism and apathy.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Barely bats an eye when she stabs herself. As for what happened after that, see Just a Flesh Wound above.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She manipulates Bojack into forgiving her various party antics on the basis of her childhood trauma that he still feels guilty for, then appeals to his lust when that fails. Inverted later on, as Bojack unconsciously starts to become the manipulative one, taking Sarah Lynn with him on a weeks-long bender of drugs, alcohol, and some late-game soul-searching.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While she oscillates between flaunting her figure and being disgusted at people's reactions, Sarah Lynn is very attractive indeed and can be quite open about her figure when she feels like it. Played for Drama later on; as more of her backstory is revealed, it becomes clear that as she grew up, Sarah Lynn was never able to reconcile with her changing body and as such has mixed feelings about her figure.
  • Mythology Gag: In-Universe. Bojack's Affectionate Nickname for her in Horsin' Around was "Prickly Muffin". When Sarah became a one-time pop star, one of her most successful singles was named "Prickly Muffin" complete with suggestive lyrics.
  • Naïve Everygirl: When younger, Sarah Lynn entered show business with nothing more than the desire to have fun and make friends. No need to say how that turned out.
  • Narcissist: An even bigger one than Bojack. That should sum it up. As a more specific diagnostic, Sarah Lynn fits the criteria for an "unprincipled Narcissist" in that she has little to no problem exploiting sympathy to take advantage from others, rarely sees any problem with what she does to sustain her habits of consuming drugs and has little to no allegiances to anyone in particular, being incapable of having a relationship that deep with a person.
  • Nosebleed: After snorting drywall instead of cocaine in "That's Too Much, Man!".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Given her history, present behavior and many drug issues, Sarah Lynn definitely was modeled after Jodie Sweetin (starred in a family friendly sitcom and fell into hard drug use, but has since cleaned up her act and got her career back on track), Lindsay Lohan (became far more famous for her appearances in the tabloids and drug addiction than for her talent, with a career that's all but dead in the water), to an extent, Britney Spears (starred in "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a kid, became a Hotter and Sexier Teen Idol later on, and had a massive Creator Breakdown), and, to an extent, Lily Allen (let her addictions rule her life, had a Creator Breakdown, and has stated she would've wanted to be an architect).
  • Not So Different: Sarah Lynn, with BoJack. Both are washed-up, self-absorbed celebrities who bury their deep-seated parental issues and resentment towards Hollywood under heaping mounds of substance abuse as a way to run from their problems. One of the main differences is that Sarah Lynn started earlier, crashed harder, and was more famous than BoJack ever was. Lampshaded:
    Diane: [Sara Lynn] is the one with substance abuse problems and daddy issues.
    BoJack: Hey, we BOTH have substance abuse problems and daddy issues!
  • The Ophelia: Free-spirited, manic-depressive, sudden flights of fancy, wandering uneasy here and there, troubled and often yanked around by people and forces around her without anyone realizing or caring. Of course, she has come a long way from being Purity Personified and more than just a tragic figure, she is a force of nature who's dooming herself to crash. Adding to the parallel, Ophelia and Sarah Lynn meet the same fate: one by drowning, the other by overdosing.
  • Passed in Their Sleep: After too much drugs and recklessness, Sarah Lynn dies sleeping at the planetarium in "That's Too Much, Man!".
  • Parental Incest: Implied to have been molested by her stepfather, the bear who showed up in the background several times in previous episodes, in her third appearance.
  • Peaceful in Death: She passes quietly while watching a presentation in the planetarium, her favorite place (as seen in as early as the music video for "Prickly Muffin") curled up with her Parental Substitute who she considered possibly the only person to ever "get" her, after having won an Oscar. It was such a peaceful and idyllic moment that until the next episode some fans believed it was a Hollywoo biopic version of what happened.
  • Pet the Dog: During her singer phase, she wouldn't hesitate to do anything for her fans or even postpone whatever she was doing at the moment for a moment to catch up with her old co-stars, being openly affectionate with them. She was young enough that the Horsin' Around really became the closest thing she had to a family.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: In her introduction episode, Sarah Lynn's On-Again, Off-Again Boyfriend, Andrew Garfield As Himself, tries to walk off on her. At first frantic, she immediately threatens to kill herself right there to stop him, then follows through with it by stabbing herself in the gut with a rusty bayonet.
  • Poe's Law: Enforced and deconstructed. Sarah Lynn's music career, according to Diane, was pretty much a Deconstructive Parody of the Teenage Wasteland mindset, criticizing everything from misogyny to shitfaced antics. Her audience, however, thought it was a full-on celebration of such lifestyle without any irony, something Sarah Lynn loved (they were listening...) and hated ( all the wrong things!). Even after realizing that, she still kept going even if it frustrated her. Knowing her countless fans loved her but didn't understand her, Sarah Lynn continued to spiral out of control.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Takes advantage of BoJack's offer to stay at his house by partying and destroying the place. When called out on it, she plays the guilt card, then goes right back to it.
  • Promiscuity After Rape: Heavily implied that she was molested by her stepfather. She currently engages in a great deal of casual sex.
  • Rape as Backstory: Implied, what with her being homeschooled and familiar with bear fur because of her bear stepfather.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sarah Lynn gives Bojack a pretty harsh (if not justified) one:
    Sara Lynn: You sit up here in your little house and feel sorry for yourself? Ugh, guess what, Bojay: in order to be a has-been, you actually have to have, y'know, BEEN!
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: During her argument with BoJack in "Prickly Muffin", she's disgusted by the aforementioned letters from fans about "being the first girl [they] masturbated to". She's never fully reconciled her innocent childhood image on TV with the abuse she suffered in real life, and that's without even getting into becoming a world-famous Lust Object as a tween. She's never really come to terms with it all, and there are times, like the argument, where she knows it.
  • Recognition Failure: It takes her several hours (and a lot of paint huffing) to realize the weird redhead that's been following them at Herb's funeral is her former co-star Bradley Hitler-Smith, even when he was standing in front of her and it was their first "unofficial" reunion in years.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: During her musical montage at the beginning of "That's Too Much, Man!".

  • Safety in Indifference: She doesn't care about anything anymore, not if she can help it. Intensely jaded and constantly high, she uses her entitled tabloid antics to distract herself from the emptiness of her life.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After a life of heartbreak and false starts, at the end of a long drug-fueled bender with BoJack, Sarah Lynn finally decides to pursue her dream of being an architect. A few minutes later, she dies.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: One of the paintings at her mansion is a reworking of Ophelia's suicide by the river with Sarah Lynn occupying her place. Besides being very much The Ophelia in spirit, it's used to foreshadow Sarah Lynn's eventual death later that episode.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Even if they're not really siblings, her feud with her Joelle has shades of this. Years later, they haven't let go and still behave like competitive sisters.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In-Universe. In a flashback, Joelle recalls that in the later years of Horsin' Around, the show would often focus on Sarah Lynn and her coming of age experiences. This would ignite the feud described above.
  • Stripperiffic: As part of her music career, starting in her teens, she's worn a variety of skin-tight revealing clothing on stage — her usual outfit has her wearing black cutoffs with the legs torn off so the bottom of the white pockets, and her idea of funeral-appropriate apparel is a lace blouse with black hands covering her breasts and another hand reaching up out of the same black cutoffs.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: After a death fake-out earlier, there's no possibility of dying, right? Nope. After spending a few weeks with the closest thing she has to family, Sarah Lynn falls asleep in her favorite place: the planetarium. BoJack makes a comment, expecting her to answer. She doesn't.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Just give her a few nights, a few kegs and contacts for all partygoers and she'll wreck your place in record time. Hell, she'll do it in her place, no problem.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: She often uses it at the end of her sentences or insults.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: From sweet, innocent child actress to tantrum-throwing, entitled fading former pop star.
  • Trauma Conga Line: A distillation of the abusive childhoods and erratic adulthoods of various real Former Child Stars: Pushed into showbiz by her overbearing Stage Mom when she was three. Implied to have been sexually molested by her photographer and stepdad. Brushed off when she tried to connect with her Horsin' Around coworkers. Received horrible Anti-Advice from her surrogate father figure BoJack about how no one would ever love her except an audience, so she must play to them all the time no matter what. As a result, she threw herself into fame and celebrity, becoming a pop star, fashion icon, and drug-addled Hard-Drinking Party Girl before she even hit 18. At some point, "the light inside [her] died," and she Stopped Caring, embracing her Drama Queen celebrity image. And then BoJack came back into her life, eventually pulling her out of rehab/recovery on a weeks-long bender before she eventually overdosed and died.
  • Two First Names: Sarah and Lynn. Not that it's confusing for anyone, since she's carved out a niche for herself as a world-famous pop star.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: From a charity-running Teen Idol to a sultry pop star sex symbol. As a child, Sarah Lynn was as sweet and friendly as the character she played on Horsin' Around. She lost her innocence early, and a life of Hollywood/music industry excess have turned her into a spoiled Drama Queen.
  • Womanchild: At thirty, she still dresses and acts like a spoiled teenager, who thinks the world revolves around her (or at least desperately craves attention for herself even as she senses her fame fading).
  • You All Share My Story: Bradley, Joelle and Sarah Lynn's memories of their last talk to him help them discover what was the thing Herb wanted them to do after his death: publish his novel.
  • Youthful Freckles: Which represent her lost innocence and stunted maturity.


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