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"Family is a sinkhole. You were right to leave when you could".
BoJack Horseman, talking about something he knows all too well.

"The stupid thing is, even now I still just want them to be proud of me and think I did good. Is that really stupid?"
Diane Nguyen

This is a listing of the main group's family members, be it by blood relation or marriage, which appear in a major and minor role or just mentioned by passing in Bojack Horseman.


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The Nguyen Family

    General 
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Um...does this one need an explanation? Well, this bunch of stereotypical Bostonian assholes are Diane Nguyen's family, who are introduced in "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen" when she visits them to bury their father. As it turns out, they're not really nice people.


  • Abusive Parents: Diane's mother and (deceased) father could go toe-to-toe with Beatrice and Butterscotch Horseman. The father delighted on humiliating and making Diane feel less, while the mother constantly guilt-trips her into doing things for the family while coddling and preferring the most useless links in the family.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Dee-dee" for Diane. Subverted, as considering the scene in which this happens, it's less affectionate and more condescending.
  • The Alcoholic: Their local hangout is a bar and they constantly drink beer in the house.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: No one in the entire family is completely sad that dear ol' Daddy's gone, especially Diane. Even the most grief-stricken boys just want to get rid of the stinking body.
  • Asian Rudeness: Played With. They are basically stereotypical every way you want to look at them; Vietnamese immigrants and they're most definitely assholes with telltale signs of this trope reeking from them. But they're very much American in all but real nationality and the obnoxious stereotype they're playing off is "Bostonians".
  • Big Brother Bully: Much like their parents, Diane's brothers often got a kick out of humiliating their little sister; the worst case being the Prank Date with her fake pen-pal Leo, which they videotaped.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Up there with the Horsemans for the title of "Worst Family" in the series.
  • Black Sheep: A literal example is Diane's brother, who's an actual black sheep. Diane herself is a more straight example, being The Unfavorite and all.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Vietnamese-American, to be exact. Lampshaded in "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen".
    Diane's brother: All the jobs are going to immigrants these days. What do you—
    Diane: We're immigrants.
    Diane's brother: How do you figure?
    Diane: (frustrated) We're Vietnamese?
    Diane's brother: (defensive) Step off! We're American as Pho!
  • The Cameo: In "The BoJack Horseman Show", when Diane calls her mother to tell her about her article being published in McSweeney's.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very bitter examples. Every word they say related to Diane comes of the most passive-aggressive flavored kind.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The instant Diane walks through that door, all of them start chastising her for abandoning them, despite being pretty awful excuses of human beings and a bad influence on her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A minor one, considering how much they are willing to do, but when they find out that Diane sleeps at Mr. Peanutbutter's house free of charge, they laugh and mock her for being a freeloader.
    "Even I pay rent!"
  • Face Doodling: What the brothers did to their father while he was sleeping. It was kinda funny...until they found out he was actually dead.
  • Fanboy: Of Bojack and pretty much, any Hollywoo stars that happen to pop around.
  • Given Name Reveal: The name of some of the brothers are Marty, Gary and Artie.
  • Hollywood New England: They are all based on negative stereotypes of Boston citizens.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Even the literal Black Sheep.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: They're Vietnamese-American immigrants who are so patriotic that they don't even remember that they're immigrants. This is Truth in Television: immigrants often overcompensate by trying to fit in that they're ironically the most representative of such country's lifestyle.
  • Interspecies Adoption: One of Diane's brothers is a Black Sheep. Probably one of the few Pet the Dog points they get is that they don't treat him differently because of it.
  • Jaded Washout: Each one of them seem to be stuck in a memory bubble of their own making, despite no longer being young, oblivious to how much their lives suck or why should they stop acting like frat boy jerks. One of them, Marty, still believes he'll get into B.C. despite not having entered.
  • Jerkasses: Condescending, abusive and complete pricks with few redeeming qualities.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: The only reason why they reached out for Diane was to ensure their dad's funeral, a funeral which they didn't even attend, since they opted for chumming Dad instead, making Diane lose time, money and dignity.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Diane's father whom, while living, was nothing but mean and abusive towards her, ends up dick-faced, chummed and forgotten with no one mourning him and not even able to get the last laugh on Derek Jeter. As for the brothers and Ma, they'll probably end up being blamed for the damaged the chum bucket of their father causes.
  • Last Disrespects: The Face Doodling on the father's face ends up as this since the brothers didn't realize he was dead already.
  • Lazy Bum: All of the brothers. At least they pay rent.
  • Lower-Class Lout: They are downtrodden, miserable and quite uneducated.
  • Made Myself Sad: "In your face, Dad!....In your face forever..."
  • Manipulative Bastard: The only reason they contacted Diane was to arrange their father's funeral, which they didn't bother to attend or provide the body for.
  • My Beloved Smother: There's clear Parental Favoritism in play here, with the most coddled members (the brothers) being the most irresponsible and the most abused one (Diane) being the most independent.
  • NEET: None of them are useful at all, just hanging around and doing nothing but waste the time.
  • Never Found the Body: Well, it's hard to tell where did the chum bucket ended up in...
  • Not Enough to Bury: Instead of burying him as planned, they all decide to chum their father's body and use it as ammo to shoot at his rival, Derek Jeter, as per his last will.
  • The Resenter: While not completely obvious, they all resent the fact that Diane "abandoned" them and made something out of herself instead of being a deadbeat like them.
  • Stereotype Flip: Vietnamese Americans who are pretty much walking negative Bostonian stereotypes.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: They look quite similar to Diane.
  • White Sheep: Out of the Nguyen family, Diane is this. Relatively.

    Pa Nguyen 

Played by: Paul F. Tompkins

Diane's father, whose death is the main plot of "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen". He is only seen alive in a Flashback in "The BoJack Horseman Show" and "Dog Days Are Over".


  • Abusive Parents: Just like his wife and sons, Diane's father delighted on seeing his daughter fail and suffer. She describes him as " a mean, sadistic alcoholic who never supported anything [she] did and actively delighted on seeing [her] fail".
  • Alcoholic Parent: Just like his wife and offspring.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: That color green he's sporting when rotting in "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen"? A flashback in "The BoJack Horseman Show" reveals that's his normal skin tone compared to his family's more normal skin color.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: It's only somewhat relief from Diane's part, but no one is truly heartbroken that he's gone. They just want his rotting carcass out of the house.
  • Archenemy: Self-professed one for Derek Jeter.
  • Asshole Victim: Died during his sleep in "Live fast, Diane Nguyen". Given how much abuse he hurled towards Diane, how little do their children care about what happened to him and how much of a slob he was, he is not gonna be missed.
  • Bald of Evil: Well, balding but it was receding at the time of his death.
  • Big Sleep: As far as the Nguyen brothers are concerned, Daddy dearest just fell asleep in the couch as always and never woke up. This wasn't exactly usual from him as it seems, since the rest of the family continued assuming he was asleep and failed to notice his death, with some of the brothers dick-facing him as a prank.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets dickfaced in his Big Sleep, is left to rot for hours, gets chummed to be thrown at Derek Jeter's face and is then left to be rolled around through the city. He deserves every single part, serving as karma.
  • Face Doodling: Done to him as a prank by his sons, at least before they realized he was dead.
  • Fat Bastard: Portly and an asshole.
  • Genius Slob: Shockley this this fat sadistic alcoholic slob was a professor of Vietnamese history at Tufts University.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: His and Diane's mother's treatment of her is one of the reasons why Diane remains both repulsed and attracted to them in an effort to earn their approval.
  • Hate Sink: Being head of the Nguyen household and an unpleasant, unrepentant abusive asshole with drinking problems makes him this by default. Even more due to his mistreatment of Diane.
  • Hidden Depths: Whoever knew such a mean, sports-obsessed drunk who raised a bunch of equally mean, moronic, deadbeat sons would be a professor of Vietnamese history at Tufts University? Perhaps Diane's intelligence didn't come completely out of nowhere from her family after all.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: He was a proud American patriot with an accurate regional Boston accent who happened to teach Vietnamese history, and wouldn't let anyone tell him otherwise. When young Diane asks to learn more about her Vietnamese heritage he flatly refuses for this reason.
  • Jerkass: You think? Like they say, Like Father, Like Son.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: See the same trope in the general tropes for the Nguyen family for details.
  • Mutilation Conga: Drawn on, putrid state, torn apart and turned into chum and then lost through Boston.
  • No Name Given: His real name is never revealed.
  • Not Enough to Bury: After he's chummed, much to Diane's horror and frustration at having to organize a pointless funeral.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His death kicks the main plot of "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen" and Diane's trip to Boston to reconnect with her Family.
  • Sadist: He delighted in seeing his only daughter fail. Need we say more?
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Derek Jeter and his fat face.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Turns out he was a professor of Vietnamese history at Tufts University (which is borderline-Ivy League) despite what his stereotypical Southies demeanor would suggest.
  • Undignified Death: Heh heh, yeah. Not that it's sad, at least for Diane.
  • Unknown Rival: It's doubtful Derek Jeter knows he exists.

    Ma Nguyen 
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Played by: Melissa Leo

Diane's very nagging mother.


  • Awful Wedded Life: Implied. She is not as grieving as it seems, focusing on Diane and her reappearance. While she mentions how much her husband wanted to be chummed and thrown at Derek Jeter, referring it as "what [he] wanted", she's more apathetic than anything.
  • Abusive Parents: Of the emotional kind. The moment Diane walks up that door, she starts deriding her for not showing often, if at all (despite the fact that her manipulations are one of the reasons), as well as "trying to shove" her better life up everyone's throats (she doesn't, they all hate her because she ''is'' better). She also allows her sons to mock her only daughter.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Constantly accompanies her children to the local bar and seems to support their decision to drink in the house, since she also does it. Like any good example of this trope, she's also a bad mother.
  • Almighty Mom: A dark example in the same vein of Beatrice Horseman. Her grip on Diane and her family is such that she only needs to needle her about something and she's back in the bottom of the totem pole hierarchy.
  • Beehive Hairdo: A gray one, which only accentuates her nagging nature even more.
  • Cosmetic Horror: The exceeding makeup she uses only makes her appearance even more unflattering when mixed with the wrinkles and the overstuffed hairstyle.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Her real name is never revealed, only being referred as "Ma" or "Mom".
  • Fat Bitch: A bit overweight, and as much as a bastard towards her daughter as her sons are.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Her and Diane's father's treatment of her is one of the reasons why Diane remains both repulsed and attracted to them in an effort to earn their approval. Furthermore, her coddling of the brothers has made them unfit, lazy drunks who take their anger on Diane for their failed lives.
  • Hate Sink: Just like the rest of her family, her obnoxious, condescending attitude towards Diane as well as her subtle encouragement of the brothers' horrid treatment and bullying of her and the expectation of her still catering to the family's whims without protesting earns her the place of "horrible mother" alongside Beatrice Horseman.
  • Jerkass: Take a good look at this folder. Count how many times it's stated that she's an unpleasant person and then ask yourself if this trope manages to cover it all in a single word.
  • Jewish Mother: Her complaining nature and demanding will has shades of this, despite being Vietnamese.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Oh, is she ever. Emotionally, this is the only reason why Diane keeps coming back even when she knows better. And let's just talk about digging into specific wounds and resentments, not to say about blame shifting and enabling emotional dependence.
  • Meddling Parents: She's always on her sons' cases, although not in the way she should: accepting all of her sons' destructive behavior and needling her only functional offspring.
  • Men Are Uncultured: Gender Flipped. She lampshades this and cites it as a reason why she doesn't like Diane visiting: the fact that she's far more educated and successful only makes her feel inferior.
  • My Beloved Smother: Towards her sons. The entire opposite with Diane.
  • Never My Fault: She never stops to consider that her actions may be the reason why everything in her life including her sons are so screwed up, preferring to blame it on other people.
  • Parental Favoritism: Towards her sons.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: For all of her dismissals of Diane, she never resorts to outright physical hostilities, preferring to use words and guilt slinging.
  • Unnamed Parent: She's only referred to as "Ma" or "Mom" during her one and only appearance in the series (give or take a cameo in season 3), leaving her nameless.
  • Useless Bystander Parent: While Diane can attest to the fact that her brothers were basically sheep mindlessly joining in the abuse and her father one of the main ringleaders, she doesn't mention her mother at all in any specific manner of abuse; e.g. using "my parents" as a form of speech to refer to them, heavily implying Ma's greater crime was standing still while the rest of the family abused Diane and recriminating her when she attempted to fight back or do something about her life. Indeed during her visit, Ma Nguyen never really verbally assaults her or humiliates her in any way, just sitting in the background and sarcastically putting her down or reacting with indifference to most things her children say or do, at no point raising her finger to help her and siding with the rest when Diane tries to complain.
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    Gary, The Black Sheep 
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Played by: Patton Oswalt

Not figuratively, but still. Diane's brother is a literal Black Sheep who just like her other brothers regularly mistreats her despite being the obvious candidate for that kind of suffering.


  • Big Brother Bully: Just like the rest. Probably worse since he's an actual black sheep who instead of sympathizing with Diane just allows and contributes to the abuse despite the fact that the situation he's in should give him feelings of being an outsider.
  • Black Sheep: Literally, he is a black sheep adopted by human people. Ironically, he doesn't fit the description, getting along with his brothers with Diane being the unwanted family member.
  • Boomerang Bigot: A black sheep joining in his (adoptive) brothers' abuse of another black sheep of the family.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: While all of the brothers can be considered Cain to Diane's Abel, the inclusion of Gary only makes the relationship weirder and more screwed up, as detailed above.
  • Drink Order: A beer.
  • Entitled Bastard: Jumps at the chance of Diane getting him a beer despite having only arrived and being able to get it himself.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He has a deep love for his adoptive mother, like the rest of the guys.
  • Happily Adopted: He was adopted by the Nguyen family, and contrary to any kind of normal expectations, there's no sign that he was discriminated or ostracized by the family in any way. Matter of fact, he gets along with his brothers and parents far better than Diane does.
  • Horns of Villainy: A sheep with a pair of horns and a Jerkass.
  • Hypocrite: He's a literal black sheep who abuses the metaphorical black sheep of the family. Enough said.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Gary, a black sheep was adopted by a human family.
  • In with the In Crowd: Implied for this to be the case. His abuse of Diane, unlike the rest, could be influenced by a desire to fit in with the rest of the family or to avoid being treated the same as her. It's never confirmed, though.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Asks Diane to get him a beer along with Marty.
  • Jerkass: Not as noted as the rest, but it's still there. You might be noticing a pattern in the family...
  • Selective Obliviousness: Nobody notes the fact that Gary, by all expectations, could be also the literary definition of a Black Sheep in the same way as Diane.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: A sleeveless shirt for the favorite sport.
  • Token Nonhuman: In Diane's family.
  • Visual Pun: A literal Black Sheep.

    Artie 

Played by: Mike O'Malley

One of Diane's older brothers and the main ringer of abuse for the rest.


  • The Alcoholic: Just like the rest of the family.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Try arguing with him that since they're Vietnamese, they're not technically American. Go on.
  • Big Brother Bully: The most outstanding example in the family, since he's the one who orchestrated most of the cruel pranks and leaded the brothers in the collective abuse of Diane.
  • Cain and Abel: The biggest Cain within the brothers, since he was the brains beneath the horrid "Cry-ane video" and some of the most harshest critiques to his sister outside of his mother.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's really fond of Ma, all things considered.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As much as a bastard he is, he's still outraged and kind of amused when BoJack reveals that Diane lives with Mr. Peanutbutter free of rent. He may be a failure and still live with his mother, but as far as he's concerned, he at least pays rent.
  • Fat Bastard: Quite overweight and a pretty despicable person in general.
  • Generation Xerox: In terms of personality and waste of space, then yes, the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He's an enormous fan of movie and television stars. As such, when Diane shows up with BoJack, he's elated to finally meet someone with a Hollywood vehicle under his belt and spend most of his time trying to interact with him on some capacity.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The reason he gives as to why they haven't been able to find any sort of income on their own? All the good jobs are going to immigrants.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: He insists that the family is as American as they can come despite being Vietnamese-American. Sure, they have adopted and assimilated to the culture of the country: football, typical (and dysfunctional) family disputes and complaining about everything. But it's quite telling that they have to be reminded that they're not exactly born in U.S.A.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Really wants to buy into the idea that they're actually from American heritage and they're getting the good jobs taken away by immigrants, ignoring the rather obvious clues that it's not true and the argument they use for not getting a job is null by the small detail that they are also immigrants. Even Diane has a hard time reminding him of this fact.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Without any concern for Diane, he shows BoJack and the rest of the family the infamous "Cry-ane" video for no reason whatsoever. Okay, maybe a couple of reasons. All while she's still standing there.
  • Jerkass: One of the biggest in the family.
  • Lazy Bum: Of course. He has no future plans and at more than 30 years old still stays with his mother. He pays rent, but that's little on his favor.
  • The Leader: Of the brothers, being the brains and main antagonist towards Diane.
  • NEET: Just like the rest of the family, just hanging around and doing nothing but waste the time in nothing useful.

    Marty 

Played by: ???

Diane's brother who spends the days sitting in the couch watching a repetition of a game of 86'.


    Tommy 

Played by: ???

Diane's other brother. That's it.


  • Entitled Bastard: Just like the rest, he still expects Diane to do most of the work of the funeral.
  • Flat Character: Has few lines and little personality.
  • The Generic Guy: Doesn't have as much characteristics as the rest of the family.
  • Token Good Teammate: Somewhat. While he's just as bad as the others, Artie at least recognizes that Diane is intelligent and they need her help. He's condescending about it, though.

The Peanutbutter Family

    General 

    Captain Peanutbutter 

Played by: "Weird Al" Yankovic

Mr. Peanutbutter's brother who lives in the Labrador Peninsula.


  • Ambiguously Christian: Invoked as part of his personality as a father of two that lives in a small, rural Canadian town. Makes cryptic comments about "the soul" and "life", implying that he knows that Diane got an abortion, and that he is none too happy about it for religious reasons. It turns out that his odd behavior had nothing to do with Diane and was actually because of him facing a potentially lethal disease, but even then his religion is left up in the air.
  • Canada, Eh?: He lives in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Formally Named Pet: Following the same pattern as his brother, "Captain" is his actual first name. Furthermore, logically (and adorably) enough, his kids call Mister Peanutbutter "Uncle Mister".
  • The Fundamentalist: Implied, and downplayed. When he first gets to talk one on one with Diane, his sister-in-law (whom he just met), he asks her if she "believes in the soul", and goes on to tell her that "Life is the most precious resource we have", in a preachy way not unlike a Christian fundamentalist lecturing someone on the sanctity of life. Diane fears this may have something to do with her recent abortion. Ultimately subverted, when it turns out he's just overly emotional over having a potentially lethal disease.
  • Nice Guy: He's quite sweet and friendly like his brother.
  • Secretly Dying: Sort of. Turns out he has a twisted spleen, a very serious condition in dogs in Real Life. He was reluctant to tell Mr. Peanutbutter, and acted awkward and cryptic towards Diane because of this. But fortunately, he soon gets better.
  • Stepford Smiler: He seems cheery and optimistic like everyone else in his hometown, but he's very anxious about (possibly) dying from an illness.

    Nana Peanutbutter 
"Mr. Peanutbutter, what did Nana Peanutbutter always say? Always take every opportunity that comes your way because opportunities are like sneezes from God, and when God sneezes, you can't say 'God bless you' to God, so instead you have to take the opportunity. I'm cold. Will you pass me that blanket?"
Captain Peanutbutter to Mr. Peanutbutter, "Old Acquaintance".

  • Emotion Suppression: Much like her relatives, Nana Peanutbutter wasn't big on sentimentalism and preferred to lay to slumber most of her fears, anxieties and needs through reading in-between the lines. Even when she showed a grand smile while talking to her grandsons.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": She's only referred to by her grandsons as "Nana Peanutbutter". Although knowing the naming tradition of the family, who's to say that's not her real name?
  • The Ghost: She's never seen onscreen.
  • Granny Classic: A darker take on the trope; both Captain and Mister remember Nana as a very wise old bitch, but she was also implied to follow the tradition of suppressing one's feelings and sweetening dark thoughts, which was already done in the beneficial(ly misguided) interest of the little pups. In this case, masking fear of death.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: Which why she wants a blanket.
  • Posthumous Character: Likely dead by the time of "Old Acquaintance", the Peanutbutter family's first introduction.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Often gave these mixed with Half Truths, Meaningless Meaningful Words and a tiny bit of Word Salad Philosophy. Her nephews often mistook with sage advice, but more than likely was a way to subtly impeach them to do her some favors like passing her blanket.
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy: As shown in the above quote, she often forgot the point she was getting to in favor of immediate necessities.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Her main schtick, although she also snuck a few hidden messages in her speeches.
  • Stepford Smiler: Captain and Mister remember her as a happy sage old lady, BUT.....her comments about her current state and the family's difficulty expressing emotions beyond happiness doesn't translate well with her apparent cheerfulness, hinting at a much darker perspective beneath surface-level.

    Mr. Peanutbutter's ex-wives 
Mr. Peanutbutter has had quite a few failed marriages over his lifetime. His first two wives were Katrina, and then Jessica Biel. He eventually divorces Diane Nguyen by the beginning of Season 5. Read their respective pages for more information.

The Carolyn Family

    General 
  • Ambiguously Jewish: For one, "Chickens" sees PC headed to a family wedding between her niece and a dog, with the groom wearing a yarmulke. Then, in "Ruthie", the eponymous character tells her ancestors' story, which mirrors that of Jewish immigrants, especially the downgraded lifestyle compared to their much better positions in their home country.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: PC emphasizes her large family as one of the reasons why she's so interested in standing out, being the runt and all. So far there are "several nephews and nieces", eleven siblings, and a deceased father and mother.

    Cutie Cutie Cupcake 

Played by: David Sedaris

Princess Carolyn's mother. She was a maid who often let her love for drink to overcome her duties, forcing PC to be the responsible one and cover for her.


  • Abusive Parents: Zig-zagged. She would often let her daughter cover up for her shifts because she was often too wasted to actually do anything. She also constantly put down Princess Carolyn's hopes of going to a prestigious college in California, with the excuse that their family was essentially doomed to have a poor life, and in order to keep her last child at home. However, she does show Princess Carolyn moments of sympathy and kindness, such as giving her her necklace after Princess Carolyn learns she's pregnant and creating a nice story behind it to give her hope. While she does put the blame on Princess Carolyn for having a miscarriage, she still sympathizes a lot with her and even lets her go to UCLA after all.
  • Addled Addict: Her alcoholism affected her work schedule and threatened to leave them homeless multiple times.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Even her own daughter says it casually.
  • Broken Pedestal: For her daughter. When your daughter says you were an alcoholic in a resigned tone, you know she's taken you as an example of who not to become like.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: If PC could understand it from a young age (with help from the prism of experience), then Cutie Cutie Cupcake did a pretty lousy job covering her problem.
  • Cats Are Mean: Zig-zagged. She can be selfish and lazy, and she's initially very harsh on Princess Carolyn for wanting to go to college, but she shows sympathy for her daughter when she's nervous about her pregnancy and gives her her necklace. However, she later guilts P.C. after she loses the baby and her chance to marry into a wealthy family, but then she allows P.C. to go to school in Los Angeles.
  • Evil Matriarch: downplayed –– Cutie wasn't deliberately antagonistic toward her daughter and PC doesn't hate her, but she's clearly doesn't have many good memories growing up, having to cover her constantly at her job and doesn't think that much of her as a person.
  • Explosive Breeder: According to her daughter (and exemplified by various nephews and nieces), she had multiple children and was quite fertile herself. This is implied to be the cause why she and her husband often worked thankless jobs to support the family; the drinking, not so much. This is contrast with her daughter Princess Carolyn, the runt of the litter, who's unable to get pregnant no matter what. The bitter irony of the situation isn't lost on her and is a particularly sore spot for her.
  • The Fatalist: Cutie doesn't believe in free will, thinking everyone's fate is already decided by having "lucky" or "unlucky" numbers with her and her family getting the short end of the stick. Of course, this has become self-fulfilling since she has pretty much given up in trying to do anything, letting booze take the edge away, and it's implied she's now refusing to take responsibility on how her passive attitude might have made her situation worse. At the same time, it's unclear if she always believed it or she's become jaded enough to use it as an excuse.
  • Freudian Excuse: Discussed. She's this to her daughter: since she skipped out of job and when she was actually there she wouldn't fare well, PC started working from a young age to cover her many responsibilities as a mean to keep their income. Such pressure at such age slowly turned her into the success-maniac agent she is today....while driving her away from any semblance of a simple, normal life with friends and lovers.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While she's just mentioned and is likely deceased as of now, her actions had a large impact in Princess Carolyn's upbringing and later life.
  • Harmful to Minors: Especially when your kid has to cover your screw-ups at a tender age.
  • Hate Sink: Even before being introduced to her, so far she's responsible for her daughter's workaholic behavior since being an irresponsible drunk who neglected her family and her job, she preferred to get as slushed as possible, not caring about the consequences of not doing her job. Not a sympathetic introduction.
  • Lady Drunk: Just like Beatrice Horseman.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: An irresponsible alcoholic without anything more than a meager income to support her family which she barely makes, had a numerous litter. Her hard-working, diligent daughter Princess Carolyn, who might have the necessary resources to give a child all it may need, is infertile.
  • Lies to Children: Cutie fabricated a whole story involving a replica necklace she gave Princess Carolyn about it being a family jewel passed down generations. While she initially made up the story to soothe a pregnant young Princess Carolyn's fears, this revelation is the cherry on top of the shit smoothie that breaks PC after a bad day.
  • Like Parent Unlike Child: Cutie didn't have any of the work ethic, high-functional alcoholism, determination or charm her younger daughter Princess Carolyn has. Fertility is also one of the key differences between them and it drives Princess Carolyn mad that for all her accomplishments, she can't get pregnant like her mother.
  • Maid: Her job. Not that she was any good at it.
  • Parental Neglect: Not caring about her daughter having to do her job due to her alcoholism is not a sign of a good family dynamic.
  • Pet the Dog: Cutie gives Princess Carolyn a replica necklace, fabricated a whole story about it being a family jewel passed down generations, to make a young Princess Carolyn feel better when she got pregnant.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: She doesn't want Princess Carolyn to go to college, let alone in California, because she's the only child who hasn't left her, and is the only one willing to put up with her drunken laziness. Even when P.C. is off to college, she begs her at the last minute to take a gap year to stay home with her, though P.C. solemnly declines, devastating her.
  • Posthumous Character: Princess Carolyn says the last time she visited her hometown since 2018 was for her funeral, and she only appears via flashback.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She has been mentioned by PC and only appears once in season 5, yet she is the main reason why PC is so messed up.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Played for Drama and deconstructed. Mother Carolyn was an alcoholic wreck whose irresponsibility and worsening habit lead to her daughter, Princess, to take charge and be the responsible one by covering her at her job as to not be thrown out the street. Not only is the revelation not Played for Laughs, it's clear this is the root of PC's Workaholic nature, a flaw that continues messing her life up.

    Pa Carolyn 

Princess Carolyn's father. He lived in Raleigh, NC, and was separated from PC's mom. Died somewhere between the mid-2000s, with his daughter attending his funeral alongside BoJack. Due to lack of actual information, most of these tropes are, let's say, ambiguous.


  • Accomplice by Inaction: Maybe. His daughter still had to cover up for his drunk wife.
  • Ambiguous Situation: How much did he contribute to the mother-daughter conflict?
  • Ambiguously Evil: PC's main grievance is with her mother, but her father's inaction about it doesn't paint him in the best light.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's mentioned that he and most of his children lived in a separate house from PC and Cutie suggesting that he and Cutie might have divorced or at least legally seperated.
  • Good Parents: Played With. PC's appreciation of him and having little to no mention of him implies he was this. However, there's still the fact his daughter worked under rich people to maintain the family afloat, even when he supposedly should have said something.
  • Good Is Impotent: At his best. He allowed his family to get as screwed up as it got.
  • The Ghost: Like his wife, he's only mentioned in passing. Although the apperance of PC's siblings implies that he's a calico breed.
  • Parents as People: Being the (less) harmful parent, Pa Carolyn seems to have been an ok-ish guy whose problems and weaknesses undermined any good will he had.
  • Posthumous Character: He died some time during 2007-2014, long before the series started as PC was still with BoJack at the time.
  • Pushover Parents: His Fatal Flaw, it seems.

    Niece Carolyn 
A gray tabby cat whose marriage to a Jewish German shepherd is frequently interrupted by Princess Carolyn's accidentally loud and insensitive comments.
  • Animal Jingoism: Averted. Her only appearances involve her wedding to a German shepherd dog whom she seems to be really in love with. She does resent her aunt Princess Carolyn for entirely justified reasons.
  • Disapproving Look: Gives a hell of one, along with the rest of the guests and people at the ceremony, to Princess Carolyn for frequently interrupting it.
  • Facial Dialogue: One look at her face and it's immediately clear what she's thinking. Especially when dealing with Princess Carolyn, to whom she frequently directs a look of scorn and embarrassment.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: The Female Feline to her future husband's Male Mutt.
  • Happily Married: To her dog fiancé, despite Princess Carolyn's constant interruptions.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: She's really ticked off by Princess Carolyn's behavior all through the wedding, especially since she and her fiance are standing almost always next to or near her when she says something insensitive.
  • Interspecies Romance: With her German Shepherd boyfriend.
  • Matzo Fever: She ends up married to a Jewish, yalmuka-wearing dog whom she loves. Although whether she was attracted to him precisely because of this is not confirmed.
  • Silent Snarker: She never speaks a word in the entire episode, but she doesn't need to. Her body language just drips with sarcasm and anger when looking at Princess Carolyn. She is just basically screaming "Really?" whenever she interrupts.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Not on her part or her fiancé or the guests, but from a certain loud maid of honor who can't stop talking to her client back in Hollywoo. No one is amused by it.

    Niece Carolyn's Fiancé 

A Jewish German shepherd who's getting married to a grey tabby cat. Too bad his bride's aunt seems to constantly interrupt with inappropriate commentaries.


  • All Jews Are Ashkenazi: Judging by his kip yarmulke and the common proceedings for a traditional Jewish marriage ceremony.
  • Animal Jingoism: Averted. His only appearances involve his wedding to a grey tabby cat whom he seems to be really in love with. He is however resentful of Princess Carolyn for constantly interrupting.
  • Disapproving Look: Gives a hell of one, along with the rest of the guests and people at the ceremony, to Princess Carolyn for frequently interrupting it.
  • Facial Dialogue: Just like the rest of the people during the ceremony, he's not amused in the very least by Princess Carolyn's constant faux pas. And just like his bride, he doesn't utter a single word about his dissatisfaction, instead letting his reactions speak for him.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: The Male Mutt to his future wife's Female Feline.
  • Happily Married: To his feline fiancee, despite Princess Carolyn's constant interruptions.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: He's really ticked off by Princess Carolyn's behavior all through the wedding, especially since he and his fiancee are standing almost always next to or near her when she says something insensitive.
  • Interspecies Romance: With his grey tabby cat girlfriend.
  • Silent Snarker: His girlfriend may master the silent snark and death glances, but he musters the element of quiet hatred and silent snark as well.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Not on his part or his fiancé or the guests, but from a certain loud maid of honor who can't stop talking to her client back in Hollywoo. No one is amused by it.

    Ruthie 
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"My mom told me that I come from a long line of strong female cats."

Played by: Kristen Bell

A young girl that is a distant, direct descendant of Princess Carolyn. Many years into the future, she makes her "Ancestry Day" class presentation about a day in Princess Carolyn's life.


  • Adorably Precocious Child: She's far more mature than she seems: she isn't bothered when talking about Princess Carolyn's past sexual history and even acknowledges to her teacher's face that PC was a fluid sexual being, acts with posture and dignity despite her small size and can pinpoint the difference between "agent" and "manager". She also gets flustered and annoyed when interrupted or contradicted.
  • Cute Kitten: Looking like a miniature, more optimistic version of Princess Carolyn does the trick.
  • Foreshadowing: Ruthie states that PC's necklace is an antique, priceless family heirloom passed down through generations. This becomes suspicious when Princess Carolyn finds out it's actually a cheap piece of fantasy jewelry made in the '60s. Ruthie didn't seem to be aware of this, even though she was supposedly telling the story. She also does not narrate when this happens. This is a major hint to the fact that Princess Carolyn was imagining her.
  • Hope Spot: Although Princess Carolyn stresses out over having trouble getting pregnant throughout the story, Ruthie, her great great great grand daughter, is telling it, so we know everything will work out in the end. Except it doesn't. It's revealed PC may never be able to have any kids, and Ruthie was just a fantasy she was having.
  • Identical Granddaughter: She looks a lot like Princess Carolyn, just much younger and with paler fur.
  • Redhead In Green: Downplayed. She has pink hair and only wears green hairbands.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.

     Untitled Princess Carolyn project 

Porcupine baby girl that Princess Carolyn adopted at the end of Season 5. Her biological mother is a teenage girl named Sadie.


  • Babies Make Everything Better: Downplayed. This being the show that it is, it's highly improbable that she will make everything better. However, her existence is a sign of hope for Princess Carolyn.
  • Interspecies Adoption: She is a porcupine who gets adopted by Princess Carolyn, a cat, at the end of Season 5.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: An absolutely adorable little porcupine baby.
  • Working Title: For now, her name is literally "Untitled Princess Carolyn project", since Princess Carolyn wasn't able to think of an actual name for her just yet.

The Chavez Family

    Mother Chavez 

Todd's unnamed mother. She (and presumably Todd's father as well) kicked him out of their house for being a lazy slacker addicted to video games.


  • Almighty Mom: From what little we can see of her, she's quite strong willed and determined enough to kick her own kid out of the house if that's what it takes for him to become responsible.
  • Bit Character: She only appears briefly in a flashback in "Zoes and Zeldas" to demonstrate disappointment over Todd's downward spiral, to try to get Todd to snap out of playing Decapathon and to eventually leave him to his own luck.
  • For Your Own Good: The reason why she kicks Todd out of the house: he's been laying in the couch doing nothing but play Decapathon to the point of having flunked out of school.
  • The Faceless: Only seen from the neck down.
  • Get Out!: To Todd.
  • I Have No Son!: Maybe. Considering what happened, it's not unlikely for this to be the case, but it's not confirmed either. Her actions do have shades of it, though.
  • No Name Given: Her name is not mentioned at all.
  • Parental Abandonment: In this case, the one out of the house was the son, not the parents.
  • Parents as People: It's a bit cold hearted to leave your son out in the cold, but since he was stuck in a rut with no foreseeable future, it could also be something good. Who knows.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: As Todd relates, how she got fed up with his laziness after becoming a slacker and kicking him out is the reason why he ended up living with BoJack in the first place.
  • Tough Love: A possible interpretation of her actions.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Inverted Trope. Todd's mom was actually proud of him, at least until he started wasting his life away by playing games all day.

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