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This article is for Netflix's first original animated series Bojack Horseman's character.
Played By: Aaron Paul

Bojack's slacker roommate. Little does Bojack know, Todd has had run-ins with several gangs including a Mexican drug cartel. Todd may be a freeloader, but Bojack seems to prefer having him around to the point where he would sometimes go to great lengths to keep Todd from moving out. Also likely the only one who DOES love Bojack.

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  • The Ace: He evolves into this during Season 4: his incredible talent at everything coupled with his amazing luck turn him into a Wild Card that can change any situation from bad to good. Unfortunately, everyone else seems to take advantage of him as a result, and by the third episode of season four he's been stretched pretty thin.
    • A bit of a pun, since he's also another kind of ace.
  • Adorkable: He's every bit as sweet as he is doofy. He is super silly but super lovable. His charm is absolutely adorable but he is not as dumb and naive as the typical "slacker" archetype. Taken to the extreme by the otherwise-dour director Kelsey Jannings; the mere sight of Todd delights her and she develops an unflagging affection for him.
  • All-Loving Hero: Deconstructed. Todd is caring and sweet person who always wants to help. However, his loving nature gets pushed to its limits when dealing with the self-destructive BoJack.
  • Ambiguously Brown: While in prison he was simultaneously courted by both the Aryan Nation and Latin Kings. Earlier episodes subtly hinted this as a case. In-fact, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the show's creator, referred to him as "Schrödinger’s Latino".
  • The Artifact: Downplayed, but still present example. Todd initially had a place in the early episodes by being the wacky roomate that would often be the only source of stability in BoJack's life, often providing comic relief when things got dark. As the series progressed and went through a Genre Shift, Todd's role became sidetracked to the more dramatic storylines of the other main characters, while still getting quite a lot of character deepening that allowed for him to remain with the tone. While the transition between the two different tones wasn't completely successful, the character is still integral to the cast and has acquired some possible dramatic ramifications.
  • Asexuality: The end of third season implies that he is on the asexuality spectrum. He begins to identify himself as Asexual after talking to Bojack about it during S4E3.
    Todd: I'm not gay. I mean, I don't think I am, but... I don't think I'm straight, either. I don't know what I am. I think I might be nothing.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Todd is the youngest of the main cast, and thus is the most immature and childish (at least before some Character Development).
  • Badass on Paper: Lampshaded in Season 5, when he interviews for a job as a janitor, and the boss is astounded at his resume, since he was the founder of a ridesharing app, built and managed his own theme park and was briefly Governor of California.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: How he and BoJack manage to escape the "Shenanigags" ship: Todd's improvisation skills are no match to the others, which allows them to create a diversion and flee on BoJack's boat.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: It was Mr. Peanutbutter's kind nature to Todd that allowed him to stop helping BoJack's crazy plan of stopping Mr. Peanutbutter and Diane's marriage.
  • Beneath Notice: Most of his adventures, weird and surreal as they are, happen on a side level, with BoJack, Diane, Princess Carolyn and even Mr. Peanutbutter often forgetting about him or being blindsided to his actions.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Todd is a very sweet and thoughtful person. But, he has his limits. The most notable being his huge "The Reason You Suck" Speech to BoJack in season 3 for sleeping with Emily.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's The Ditz, but has his limits and will snap when provoked.
  • Be Yourself: The eventual lesson he gets in season 2. He can't please everybody, but so what? He's happy doing what he wants and for him, that's all that matters.
  • Big Eater: Much more than BoJack, as Todd is often seen eating something almost every episode. He often orders pizza and has quite a fondness for sweets.
  • Birds of a Feather: A platonic example with Mr. Peanutbutter — Both are ditzy, friendly men with a strange way of thinking.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: With BoJack. Unlike Mr. Peanutbutter, it comes less from optimism and more from trying to cheer up BoJack or simply for fun.
  • Born Lucky: Oscillates between this and Born Unlucky. For one, no matter in how many crazy misadventures he ends up involved, Todd will always come out more or less unscathed or not worse for wear. Then again..
  • Born Unlucky: Yes, between this and Born Lucky, this can crop up more often. After all, there's a reason why all this shit keeps happening to him, of all people. So far, nothing has killed him but he has never walked away without something horrible, humiliating or confidence shattering befalling him. Adding to that he's homeless, crashing at a selfish horse's house who treats him like shit despite being his only friend. Damn.
  • Brainwashed: After he joins an "improvisation" cult.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Perhaps "brilliant" may be too much, but he does have a lot of potential — Todd has been shown to possess a plethora of skills including an understanding of Japanese, entrepreneurial know-how, and artistic capabilities. Besides having allied with Mr. Peanutbutter for various business ideas, he tried writing and composing his own rock opera, Newtopia Rising, Book I: The Search for a New Utopia. However, his overall laziness and video game addiction often hinders his success.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • In Season 1, towards BoJack after realizing he sabotaged his chances at getting his rock opera off the ground.
    • Pops up again near the end of Season 3, when he suspects that BoJack did something to upset Emily. It becomes solidified when BoJack reveals that he slept with Emily, something that Todd didn't actually suspect (to BoJack's surprise).
    • Implied for Season 4's trailer when He initially fends of Hollyhock, possibly mistaking her for him due to covering herself up with hat and a trenchcoat. When she explains how ever since she was a baby, people said she looked like Bojack, Todd's response is that it's a terrible thing to say to a baby. In the season itself, later in the same episode as that moment, Bojack seems to Bait the Dog on complimenting Todd, but at the end of the episode helps Todd deal with identifying as Asexual as well as genuinely complimenting him. While Todd isn't ready to be best buds with Bojack again, he does say that he's glad Bojack is back home.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: Among the many people who have severed their ties with Bojack, Todd is the first one he has gradually made amends with and slowly recovered their friendship.
  • Butt-Monkey: He easily gets the shortest stick out of the main cast. He's dismissed on a daily basis, insulted, thrown into jail and has his dreams and hopes crushed. As it turns out, it has happened so much that he has started to believe his life actually is as unimportant as people say it is.
  • Character Development: Todd tries to make something of himself and learns to take more risks as opposed to being a shut-in roommate. By season 4 he becomes completely self-reliant, and his knack for helping people reaches nigh-legendary status.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His ability at improvising comes in handy when he and Bojack face off against the Shenanigans crew.
  • The Chew Toy: Todd can never catch a break. He's been framed for tourist scams he was strong armed into doing, dismissed by his friends at every turn, beaten up by two girls who caught him off-guard and stole his stuff, thrown in the can where he witnesses a very messy murder and ends up in a power play between the Aryans and Latinos that almost ends with him being curb stomped, had his Rock Opera sabotaged...the list just goes on and on. It's pretty sad when it's not being freakin' hilarious.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite being a Butt-Monkey and Born Unlucky (at times), Todd is pretty good with the ladies.
    • His first girlfriend, Emily, has always had a giant crush on and still liked him even after they broke up.
    • While she does end up robbing him with her sister, Kenzie of the Celebrity Stealing Club, admits that he's cute.
    • The banter he has with Mia McKibbin throughout their interactions is borderline flirty.
    • Queen Antonia calls him "cute" and complimented his skin color and thorax.
    • Yolanda, another asexual comes to like him by the season 4 finale, even asking him out.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: Downplayed. He has a gap in his front teeth, is The Baby of the Bunch among the main characters, and while he can act quite childish, Todd does have moments of acting like an adult.
  • Closest Thing We Got: In "The Shot", Todd becomes the lock picker in BoJack's scheme because the best and second best declined to join him and Todd more or less knows how to do it, despite not being very good at it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not to the extent of Mr. Peanutbutter, but it really says something when two people of their type of thinking hit it off so well.
  • The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: Two instances:
  • Coming-Out Story: Season 3 and his relationship with Emily ends with him coming out to her as asexual.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: He uses the stupid defense of Walt Disney having misspelled the name "Disneyland" on the copyright papers to keep his cheap knockoff of the park. As it turns out, he did, so his business is legal.
  • Crocodile Tears: Reveals to have used this as part of a Batman Gambit on Mia at the end of "Let's Find Out": He pretended to be depressed over his failure in the show "Hollywoo Stars And Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things? Let's Find Out" despite trying his best just to take away the symbolic pen of J. D. Salinger from Mia's hands, believing it to be the major prize.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted, at best. Something to do with cartels, drugs and lost loves.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion, though not in the level of the other main characters. Usually it's when things are going sideways in the house or when he's having problems with BoJack's actions and behavior.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Just like the rest of the group. Probably even more since unlike the others, Todd has absolutely nothing at his name, be it achievements or just plain direction. Even Mr. Peanutbutter can often forget he exists or is useful in any way.
  • The Ditz: Arguably more so than Mr. Peanutbutter.
    Todd: (about his online girlfriend) "I never met a girl who was so curious about American bank routing numbers. What should I get her for our 12-hour anniversary? She wants a framed picture of my mother's maiden name."
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Todd's not the smartest character in the show, but he makes a lot of really good points when calling out BoJack for his crap.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Todd was initially more down to earth than BoJack, and would snark at how out of touch with a "normal" life BoJack was. It wasn't long before Todd became a full-blown ditz and BoJack became even more snarky and aware of how different he is from other people.
  • Entitled Bastard: For a Lazy Bum who mooches off other people and spends years living with BoJack then a year with Princess Carolyn rent-free, Todd can get pretty bent out of shape about things. Especially in Season 5, when he goes to Corporate Mediation about Princess Carolyn allegedly eating "his" string cheese, ignoring her repeatedly pointing out that it's her apartment and he doesn't even pay rent.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first episode, Todd doesn't do much besides hanging around BoJack's house and mooching off, yet has a high opinion of BoJack and clearly loves him, despite BoJack's dismissal of him. He seems perfectly content with who he is, while being the butt of the joke at every turn.
  • Foreshadowing: BoJack asks him if he wasn't some troubled gay teenager with an alternative lifestyle in his first appearance. Early in season 3, he is asked this again. From his interactions with Emily when they were young, it seems clear he is not interested in sex with her: this all comes together in the season 3 finale, with him coming out as asexual.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: As "The BoJack Horseman Show" demonstrates, Todd has met Mia before. Justified by the fact that it was a second-lasting meeting and an unpleasant one for Mia.

  • Genius Ditz: He may be a slacker and weird, but he's pretty smart and talented when he puts his mind to it.
  • Grew a Spine: His arc in season 2 is becoming more confident in his weirdness and in himself, regardless of what BoJack or anyone thinks.
  • He Knows Too Much: After he finds out the scam the cult and its leader is running.
  • Hero of Another Story: There are only glimpses here and there, but so far there has been an unfinished rock opera, a history with a cartel and probably a romance with one of their girls.
  • Hidden Depths: He has aspirations for fame and fortune.
  • Identical Stranger: He ends up replacing the prince of Cordovia and no one's the wiser, due to their striking resemblances.
  • The Igor: A more comical take, although it's occasionally Played for Drama.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He looks like an animated, dark-haired Aaron Paul.
  • In the Hood: His normal outfit is a red jacket with a hood.
  • Jerkass Ball: Acts uncharacteristically mean and awful in "Let's Find Out" when trick Mia into giving him J.D. Salinger's pen and then rubbing how she fell for his ruse into her face. And after that, he gives Salinger himself, the middle finger.
  • Joins to Fit In: Looking for something that he could actually be good at, a cause, he finds a Scientology presentation for which he finds himself tempted, only to be whiskered away by the "Shenanigans" improv troupe.
  • Latino Is Brown: Averted, that aforementioned prison gang boondoggle establishes that he's a White Latino.
  • Lazy Bum: Especially in the earlier episodes when all he would do would be hanging around the house, eating BoJack's food and dropping garbage all around the corners and never pick up his shit. Afterwards, however, he slowly became more active in the other plots, secondary or primary, mainly by befriending Mr. Peanutbutter and becoming partners in PB Living.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He owns a lot of clothes, actually, but prefers to use his regulars of sweat jacket and pants.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For BoJack. As rude and dismissive as BoJack is to Todd, he keeps him around due to his desperate loneliness.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Implied. It's unclear where does he come from, but given he ran into a cartel and had to give his dues to them, he probably didn't have many choices for the future and if he did, he threw them away. Sadly, Truth in Television.

  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "Hooray! (Something related to the current topic of conversation)!"
  • Manchild: Even more so than BoJack or Mr. Peanutbutter. Todd is a twenty-something slacker who was kicked out by his own family for playing too much video games. When he moves into BoJack's house, he continues to be lazy and mooches off his host (which BoJack bluntly calls out as parasitic behavior). And (at least at first), Todd didn't have a job most of the time.
  • Mellow Fellow: Of the main characters, Todd is the most relaxed and comfortable in himself.
  • Mistaken for Gay: By both BoJack and Emily since he never shows an interest in having sex with the latter or having any kind of sexual history. He isn't, he is asexual.
  • Mistaken Identity: Their identical looks end up making everyone believe Todd to be the currently missing prince of a forsaken country.
  • Morality Pet: Besides Irving, Kelsey is constantly nice to Todd.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: "Todd" is of Northern English and Scottish origin; "Chavez" is of Spanish and Portuguese origin.
  • NEET: He lives by freeloading off of BoJack and sleeping on his couch. He doesn't have any education past high school and is rarely ever employed anywhere for long.
  • Never Bareheaded: He always keeps his yellow hat on.
  • Nice Guy: Todd is a good-natured and cheery slacker.
  • Nice Hat: Wears his yellow ski cap. "The BoJack Horseman Show=] reveals Todd originally wore a purple ski cap and it was his then-girlfriend, Emily, who wore the yellow ski cap. When they were about to have Their First Time together, Emily's father came home early, and in a hurry, Todd took her yellow ski cap instead of the purple one.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Shorter than probably every other adult human character and far more cartoonish looking.
  • Oblivious to Love: Shown to be this in 2007 in regards to his friend Emily, who'd even gone so far as I "Uh" You, Too (changing "you" to "Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed"). He does manage to pick up on it after they kiss.
  • Odd Friendship: He and Princess Carolyn turn out to be remarkably good roommates despite their diametrically opposed personalities.
  • Only Friend: Besides Diane, Todd used to serve as this to BoJack. He was initially more tolerant and willing to put up with a lot of the horse's insecurities and belligerent behavior than Diane. However, when it is revealed that BoJack had sex with Emily, Todd has had enough and even drops the season's Precision F-Strike, which is only used to signify BoJack has destroyed a relationship.
  • Only Sane Man: In Season 5, at the company "What-time-is-it" He's the only one who recognizes that Henry Fondle is a sex robot and shouldn't be in charge of the company. Granted, that's mostly because he built Henry, but still.
    Todd: Henry Fondle is a sex robot, and shouldn't be a CEO at any company.
    BRB Reporter: When you say he's a sex robot, you mean that metaphorically, right?
    Todd: No.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: The usually sweet and friendly Todd acts like a jerkass at the end of "Let's Find Out" after Mia decides to him J.D. Salinger's pen.
  • Permastubble: His standard look. Considering his personality, it's doubtful he ever touched a razor in his life.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Shut up, Todd!"
  • The Pig Pen: BoJack often complains about the mess he makes around the house, including leaving his clothes and stuff laying over the floor and not cleaning the place after one of his escapades. Granted, BoJack won't give him a place to keep his stuff, but still..
  • The Pollyanna: Not as much as Mr. Peanutbutter, but Todd tends to look on the positive side. Though he does get broken on a few occasions.
  • Precision F-Strike: Gives the f-bomb to BoJack in "It's You" after finding out BoJack slept with Emily and growing tired of the horse attempting to blame his actions on his Freudian Excuse. And unlike Herb or Charlotte, Todd's f-bomb is more of a tired, exasperated one instead of filled with anger. Somewhat averted. Todd hasn't fully re-accepted BoJack, but is willing to talk to him.
  • Prince and Pauper: Briefly, in an episode of season 2, he changes places with the prince of Cordovia.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Bojack, while denying his Freudian Excuse.
    Todd: You can't keep doing this! You can't keep doing shitty things and then feel bad about yourself like that makes it OK. You need to be better! *BoJack tries to apologize* No! No. BoJack just... stop. You are all the things that are wrong with you. It's not the alcohol, or the drugs, or any of the shitty things that happened to you in your career, or when you were a kid. It's you, alright? It's you.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: After BoJack proves that he cares for him in season 2 finale. Unfortunately, it get broken again in the next season when BoJack sleeps with Emily and tries to rationalize his actions. The season after that has a rebuilding-in-progress where Todd's not ready with being friends again just yet, but he is glad that BoJack returned.
  • Renaissance Man: A rare example when the person in question is a slacker. He has an understanding of a foreign language and great business skills.
  • Romantic Asexual: Todd comes out to his high-school sweetheart, Emily, in a diner during the Season Three finale. She accepts his asexuality and they date for a while, but they later end up breaking up because her own needs aren't being met. He also briefly dates an asexual woman, but they have little else in common and break up.
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: Back when he was 13 and still trick-or-treating, Todd and his friends would toilet paper any house that didn't give them candy. According to him, this wasn't out of spite but because it's just standard procedure when someone says "no" to a teenage trick-or-treater.

  • Sexier Alter Ego: "Toad Chavey" when he entered a prop from Family Matters.
  • The Slacker: And quite proud of it, unlike BoJack.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Todd, despite often acting like an idiot, might know more about who BoJack is than the others. Maybe even BoJack himself.
  • The Stoner: At times. Not to the extent of Sarah Lynn, though.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: With Mr. Peanutbutter.
  • Sweet Tooth: Seems to have a fondness for sweets in general (especially cotton candy). Over the course of the Christmas special, he slowly eats a giant candy cane the size of his arm. When he finishes it, he begins unwrapping another.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Somewhat deconstructed - BoJack could throw Todd out easily, but doesn't as he's starved for companionship.
  • The Three Faces of Adam: Heavily played with; Todd is definitely The Lord, being happy with what he has and knowledgeable enough to try to keep it, yet still longs to be The Hunter once again to fix some mistakes he made while increasingly sliding into The Prophet.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: The negative Kelsey is actually fond of him.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed. While the rest of the main cast are not bad people and Todd is far from perfect himself, the others have done some more selfish actions than Todd has: BoJack with his self-destructive tendencies, Diane's intense need to feel special, Mr. Peanutbutter's insensitivity and passive-aggressive approach to things, and Princess Carolyn sometimes doing morally gray actions to help a client.
  • Trademark Favorite Food : Seems to have a fondness for cotton candy.
  • Tritagonist: Todd technically occupies this place in the series along Mr. Peanutbutter, although he fits the description of the Tetragonist instead since he's the least featured of the main cast in terms of focus and importance to the plot.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: When it comes to BoJack. Doesn't mean he isn't hurt by his actions, but he prefers to ignore it or simply accept that that's the way he is.
  • Twofer Token Minority: He is hinted to be a Latino and he is asexual.
  • Two-Timer Date: Played for Laughs during his stint in prison, having dates with both the Aryan Nation and the Latin Kings when they both try to recruit him for their gangs. It's later deconstructed when both parties find out. If you think having two mad women at you for deception is bad, try two murderous and vengeful prison gangs whose idea of patching up involves curb-stomping you.
  • Weirdness Magnet: It's a given that no matter where he goes, Todd's storylines will often have shreds of Fantastic Comedy, ranging from rescuing chickens to becoming a more confident person by the power of self-delusion.
    Todd: You know, sometimes I feel like my whole life is just a series of loosely-related wacky misadventures.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Todd's hair is colored blue.



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