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  • Actor Existence Limbo: The underwater setting and the No-Dialogue Episode nature of "Fish Out of Water" allowed for the brief return of Abe, though Garry Marshall could not return to voice him (he passed away just before Season 3 came out).
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Jessica Biel was dissatisfied with the initial script for the episode where she plays Mr. Peanutbutter's second wife, feeling that she wasn't mean enough. She was the one who suggested turning her character into an outright bitch and, later, a total psychopath in season 4.
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  • Actor-Shared Background: Like Amy Sedaris, Princess Carolyn grew up in North Carolina.
  • Banned in China: Fell afoul of the trope-naming country, as it was pulled from iQiyi only two days after its release there, with the Chinese distributor stating "Adjustments need to be made to the content".
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • "I Will Always Think Of You," the 1940s-style duet sung by Honey and Crackerjack Sugarman, and later, Honey Sugarman and Eddie the dragonfly in the season 4 episode "The Old Sugarman Place," is sung by their respective voice actors, Jane Krakowski, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Colman Domingo.
    • "Don't Stop Dancing Til The Curtains Fall," Gina Cazador's musical number in the season 5 episode "The Show Stopper," was sung by her voice actress, Stephanie Beatriz.
  • Character Blog: BoJack has accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram. He only interacts directly on his Twitter profile, though.
  • The Danza:
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    • Corduroy Jackson-Jackson is voiced by Brandon T. Jackson.
    • In Season 6, old-timey reporters Paige Sinclair and Maximillian Banks are played by Paget Brewster and Max Greenfield.
  • Defictionalization:
    • There's a website for BoJack done in a very mid-90s Internet style.
    • You can now buy the disastrous T-shirts Mr. Peanutbutter had made for Diane's 35th birthday in real life, so that's a thing.
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    • The "food critic's" Tumblr blog mentioned in "The Best Thing That Ever Happened" is real... and extremely weird.
    • Whattimeisitrightnow.com now advertises a Philbert series coming soon.
  • Denied Parody: The Stylistic Suck prestige drama Philbert was described by most reviewers as a parody of True Detective, particularly when we see the show's opening (which begins with the line 'Well, I went down to the girly club with a hot glue gun full of beans'), but the creator said that it was meant to be a parody of overly-serious, pretentious drama in general, and that seeing it as only about True Detective would be to let a lot of other shows off the hook.
    Well, unless I’m misreading it, Philbert seemed like a pointed send-up of True Detective, especially when you have a line like, “Time is like a woman: completely impossible to comprehend.”
    Yes. [Laughs.] Certainly True Detective was one of the things on our mind as we were working on the season. But I would say that reading is very generous to a lot of other shows that I would put in that same category. True Detective maybe announces itself the most and is the most flagrantly that, but there are a lot of shows that are invested in the trials of difficult men and the women who get in their way and/or sleep with them.
  • Descended Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg voices Charley Witherspoon, the tree frog who works for the Vigor agency, among other characters.
  • Directed by Cast Member: In the Latin American Spanish dub, Fabiola Stevenson was the ADR Director as well as the voice of Diane Nguyen, Vanessa Gekko and Ana Spanakopita.
  • Dueling Shows: With adult swim's Mr. Pickles as both shows are comedy-dramas about a Funny Animal character.
  • Executive Meddling: The crew was told that "Say Anything" didn't have enough BoJack, when the whole point is that it's a switch to Princess Carolyn's viewpoint. They responded with the BoJack cut-out that spouts random lines from Jerry Maguire.
  • Fake American: Toronto-born Will Arnett as lifelong California resident BoJack. Sometimes, Arnett's Canadian accent subtly slips through at times, but for the most part his accent is very convincing.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Vietnamese-American Diane Nguyen is voiced by Alison Brie, who is white.
    • In the opposite direction, the pasty-white Flip McVicker is voiced by Egyptian-American Rami Malek.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Gina Cazador is shown to be a weak singer (during her audition for Flip), while Stephanie Beatriz isn't (as shown in Bojack's drug trip in "The Showstopper").
  • Name's the Same: BoJack shares the same name with an alien bent on conquering the universe. And someone took notice of that.
  • Old Shame: Both Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Alison Brie expressed their regret of having Diane Nguyen voiced by a white woman than Vietnamese woman with Brie apologize for taking the role.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Daniele Gaither replaced Aisha Tyler as the voice of Sextina Aquafina for the character's lone appearance in Season 3.
    • In the Italian dub, Ralph Stilton was originally voiced by Niseem Onorato in Season 3, but was replaced by Alessandro Quarta in Season 4.
    • Julia Chan replaced Hong Chau as the voice of Pickles in Season 6.
  • Playing Against Type
    • Keith Olbermann plays Tom Jumbo-Grumbo, a Professional Butt-Kisser news anchor who always takes the side of the biggest/strongest/likely winner in any argument. This is the complete opposite of Olbermann himself, a Knight in Sour Armor notorious for never being afraid to speak his mind as a news anchor and political pundit as well as advocating for the marginalized, exploited, working poor, and anyone else who has been a victim of prejudice, big business, and the worst parts of government.
    • "Weird Al" Yankovic, rarely known for playing any kind of sad character, save for one, which didn't feature his usually nasal voice, plays the Sad Clown Captain Peanutbutter.
    • Rachel Bloom, known for her comically raunchy music videos and playing the quirky, dysfunctional lead of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, plays Lora, a perfectly normal, competent secretary.
    • Rami Malek, who is best known for portraying kind and down to earth characters portrays the sexist/misogynist Jerkass Flip McVicker.
    • Deidrich Bader is usually notable for his playing aggressive, Large Ham types. His character, Judah, is both extremely passive and has a quiet, no-nonsense demeanor.
  • Playing with Character Type
  • Playing Gertrude: Todd's mother Helen is voiced by Chloe Dykstra, who is 9 years younger than Aaron Paul.
  • Production Posse: Princess Carolyn's old boss, Mr. Witherspoon, was voiced by Amy Sedaris's old Strangers with Candy co-star, Stephen Colbert.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Ohio punk band SlutBomb, who were already fans of the show, recorded of a cover of the outro music, which then got used for the outro of "Ancient History".
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor:
    • Business negotiator, Mary-Beth, who was introduced in season 5 to settle a dispute between Princess Carolyn and Todd is a lesbian. She's also voiced by Wanda Sykes, a lesbian.
    • The asexual Maude introduced in season 6 is voiced by the asexual Echo Gillette.
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  • Reality Subtext:
    • At the end of season 3, Diane tells BoJack that watching the happy family on Horsin' Around so easily resolve their problems was a favorite way of her's to escape her abusive family. Indeed, Full House, the show Horsin' Around is obviously spoofing, is very popular among children who came from abusive or otherwise difficult upbringings.
    • The Hollywoo assistants unionization plot in the first half of season six is surely partly influenced by the successful unionization of BoJack's animators during the production of season six, as well as the movement for fair treatment and pay by Hollywood assistants in RealLife.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Alexi Brosefino is played by Dave Franco, Alison Brie's husband.
    • Princess Carolyn's mother is played by David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris' brother.
    • David Walton (Corbin Creamerman) and Majandra Delfino (Henrietta Platchkey) are married in real life.
  • Talking to Himself: Will Arnett voices both BoJack and his father Butterscotch. Taken to an extreme in "Free Churro", when BoJack and Butterscotch are the only two characters to speak during the whole episode.
  • Trolling Creator: Amy Sedaris was the first to voice complaints about the Running Gag involving tongue-twisters. The writers responded to this by... giving most of the tongue-twister lines to Princess Carolyn.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Sarah Lynn was originally supposed to die as early as Season 1.
    • BoJack's absence at the start of Season 4 was going to be longer.
    • Bob-Waksberg's initial pitch to Lisa Hanawalt featured a slightly different main cast: Princess Carolyn was going to be two characters, BoJack's dog-person agent and BoJack human ex-girlfriend, respectively, while Diane was a development executive rather than a writer. Meanwhile, Mr. Peanutbutter was a horse-person and named Mr. Honeybucket and Todd was named Topher.
    • The staff of the show believed they were going to get at a full Season 7 order after finishing Season 6, but instead the show was cancelled with an additional 4 episodes given to finish. As Season 6 was already in the can, the intended final season had to be heavily compressed compared to a usual 12 episode season.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a wiki here.
  • Word of God:
    • The show's creators have said there are no hybrids. A child of two different animals will be one or the other, not both.
    • Raphael Bob-Waksberg all but stated that BoJack did, in fact, intend to sleep with Penny, but pointed out that it was less out of malice and more because he has the mentality of a teenager and, therefore, doesn't realize that what he's doing is wrong. However, which of them instigated it is deliberately left ambiguous until season 5, when it was revealed to have been Penny.
  • Write What You Know:
    • Todd crashing on BoJack's couch came from Raphael Bob-Waksberg living out of his friend's spare closet in Hollywood Hills when he first moved to Los Angeles.
    • Writer Kate Purdy used her experience with her great-aunt's dementia to write Beatrice's dementia in season four. At one point her great-aunt asked where her "baby" was, and her heartbroken sister (Purdy's grandmother) got her a baby doll to pacify her, which inspired Beatrice asking for her "baby" and being given a baby doll that she treats like her own baby.

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