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There's a very long and horrific history of Fantastic Racism in the BoJack Horseman world.
For most of (recorded) history, humans ruled over all the other animals, treating them as inferior creatures beneath any dignity. Domestic animals were treated as slaves, at best they were pets used as companions and laborers, or at worst they were livestock slaughtered for food. Wild animals were treated as savage tribes, and were also hunted for food.

Eventually most animals successfully fought for their freedom, however a minority of them continued to be drugged up and stupefied to become food (as seen in the "Chickens" episode). Also, some members of wild animal species (like deer) are similarly drugged up and then released to the woods, so that they can be shot with impunity by hunters.

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Actors, creators, and other celebrities who are animals in this universe may include...
  • Michael Rooker is Michael Rook, a rook.
  • Seth Green is a European green lizard, and was born Seth Lacerta Viridis-Green.
  • Jessica Alba is Jessica Albatross, an albatross.
  • Shakira is a gazelle.
  • Benicio del Toro is a bull.
  • Guillermo del Toro is also a bull.
  • B.D. Wong is Black Dog "B. D." Wong, a dog with black fur, specifically a Chinese Imperial.
    • The B.D. Wong one might not be possible, since "Brrap Brrap Pew Pew" already brought him up during the abortion conversation in MSNBSea, and he was human.
  • Thea Gill is a yellowfish.
  • Rinko Kikuchi is a rabbit, playing off her Typecasting as a woman of few words, and rabbits being thought of as generally quiet animals.
  • Mike Colter is a horse.
  • US President Harry S Truman was a hairy woodpecker.
  • Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel is a Bichon Frise.
  • The members of Man With a Mission are actual wolves instead of men in wolf masks.
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  • The members of Coldplay are all chimpanzees as a reference to the Animated Music Video for "Adventure of a Lifetime".
  • Kendrick Lamar is Kendrick Duckworth, a duck. At one point, he meets Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth and is surprised to learn that she isn't a duck. Then professional baseball pitcher Brandon Duckworth, who is a duck, jumps out of a nearby closet and, for absolutely no reason, shouts out that English footballer Michael Duckworth also isn't a duck.
  • Ryan Gosling is a goose.
  • David Harbour is a harbor seal.
  • Finn Wolfhard is a wolf.
  • Megan Fox is, well, take a guess.
    • A Wire Fox Terrier? What? It'd make for a decent Bait-and-Switch joke in the show itself.
  • Lionel Richie is a lion.
  • Tiger Woods is a tiger.
  • Elon Musk is a rodent whose full name is Elongated Muskrat.
    • Halfway confirmed. "Elon Muskrat" was made canon in "Sunk Cost and All That" on BoJack's whiteboard.
  • Eddie Izzard is a reptile named Eddie Lizard.
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  • Mark Ruffalo is a bovine named Mark Buffalo.
  • Buffalo Bill was, despite what some might assume, not a literal buffalo; he was just a human with an animal nickname.
  • Matt Damon is... well actually, he's just a regular human. But according to some fringe corners of the Internet, this guy's real birth name is in fact Matt Daemon, and he is The Antichrist himself! note 
  • CNN's Wolf Blitzer is an Atlantic wolf fish.
  • Romare Bearden was a bear.
  • Milton Horn was a horned owl.
  • The electroclash duo Fischerspooner's two members are a Fischer's lovebird and a spoonbill, but, in a situation similar to the bit with Scott Wolf and Matthew Fox, Warren Fischer is the spoonbill and Casey Spooner is the lovebird.
  • Billy Bush is a bush dog, possibly named Billy Bushdog, and, due to most bush dogs being Latin American (recalling where they are indigenous in real life), is seen as an embarrassment by most bush dogs due to the controversies he's been linked to with Donald Trump and Ryan Lochte.
    • This would be quite ironic given the existence of "A Billy Bush Type" who is a human.
  • Shay Mitchell is a cougar.
  • Timothy Olyphant is an elephant.
  • Rami Malek is an Abyssinian cat.
  • Jodie Comer is a Yorkshire Terrier.
  • Jennifer Carpenter is a cheetah.
  • Charles, Prince of Wales is a whale. He's very touchy about the homophone to the point of infamy, meaning that Donald Trump misnaming him as "the Prince of Whales" on Twitter was met with even more jokes than in real life.
    • This would make the joke in "INT. SUB" about Diana, Princess of W[h]ales complaining about being "all things to all whales" more Hilarious in Hindsight.
  • Kathryn Newton is a poodle.
  • Penn Badgley is an opossum.
  • Tony Curtis is a tiger, so Todd confusing him with Tony the Tiger in "After the Party" actually isn't too ridiculous.
  • Foxes is a fox.
  • Butch Hartman is an American Rottweiler.
  • Ariana Grande is a black labrador retreiver.
  • Lady Gaga is a goose (obviously because of her pseudonym).
  • Pedro Capó is a mountain lion.
  • Ava Max is a bat. (mainly to coincide with her passion of ghouls and dark nature).
  • Ally Brooke is a pelican.
  • Anne-Marie is a frog.
  • Marshmello is a polar bear (in order for his fur color to coincide with the mask he wears).
  • Dua Lipa is a llama.
  • Antonia is a brown horse.
  • A Boogie wit da Hoodie is a cricket.
  • Donald Trump is an armadillo.
  • Khaled is a walrus.
  • Katy Perry is a Siamese tiger.

Fictional characters who are animals instead of humans in-universe include...
  • DC Comics:
    • Batman: Various characters (the ones with animal codenames, such as The Penguin) might be literal animals. However, Batman himself is still a human dressed like a bat.
    • Wonder Woman: Interestingly enough, there's a canon variation of this theory that appears in the actual show itself; during Season 5, the Warbler Bros. studio headquarters has a poster for a movie called Wonder Worm.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • Spider-Man: The titular hero is obviously still a human with spider-like abilities. However, there's one amusingly major difference to his origin story: Peter Parker would've been bit by an irradiated spider that was also anthropomorphic. So just imagine a man-sized spider having a casual conversation with Peter, before biting him for no apparent reason.
    • X-Men: Nightcrawler is an earthworm; a mutant earthworm with non-earthworm traits, like blue skin. Oh, and Wolverine is obviously a literal wolverine, who just happens to have retractable metal claws.
  • Star Wars:
  • Star Trek:
    • Data, while still an android, looks like a brant/brent goose, played by Brant Spiner.
  • Hellboy:
    • The titular protagonist is instead a harbor seal-like demon (because as mentioned in the above WMG, David Harbour (who plays the character in Hellboy (2019)) is a harbor seal).
    • Abe Sapien wouldn't be all that special in a world filled with anthropomorphic fish people, so he's a human who can do everything a fish can.
  • Lilo & Stitch: Cobra Bubbles is a cobra.
  • Clue: Mrs. White is a wolfdog named Mrs. Whitefang.
  • RWBY: Qrow is a crow.
  • Hey Arnold!: Stinky Peterson is a skunk.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • The eds are all three of them sewer rats.
    • Sarah will remain a human, as her mom (a human) married to a rat.
    • Jimmy is a lamb.
    • Nazz is a squirrel.
    • Kevin is a raccoon.
    • Rolf is a gray European bison.
  • Total Drama:
    • Chris McLean is a Bengal tiger.
    • Chef Hatchet is a gorilla.
    • Owen is a bull.
    • Lindsay is an American Quarter Horse.
    • Harold is a basset hound.
    • Leshanaw is a Santa Gertrude cow.
    • DJ is a platypus. Same for his mom.
    • Duncan is a Nile crocodile.
    • Courtney is a deer.
    • Bridgette is a dolphin.
    • Tyler is a Provence Donkey.
    • Katie and Sadie are both cows.
    • Cody is a yellow domestic duck.
    • Heather is (also) an American Quarter Horse.
    • Eva is a crow.
    • Alejandro is a black horse.
    • Sierra is a donkey.
    • Leshaniqua is a Galloway cow.
    • Zoey and Mike are both domestic cats. Zoey dyed her fur to purple.
    • Brick is a bear.
    • Jo is a sparrow.
    • Lightning is a yellow-tailed woolly monkey.
    • Scott is a rat. Since, as he admitted, grew on a smelly farm, he very well is a stinky rat. Which is why a running gag in the series would be the other characters holding their noses when they are around him.
    • Anne Maria is a Hackney horse.
    • B is a bulldog.
    • Sam is (also) a bulldog.
    • Rodney is (also) a rat.
    • Jasmine is a kangaroo.
    • Sky is a white lion.
    • Dave is a mountain lion.
    • Amy and Samey are Siamese dogs.
    • Max is a wasp.
    • Scarlett is a domestic pig.
    • Topher is an opposum.
    • Sugar is (also) a domestic pig.
    • Jerd McLean remains a human, unlike Chris, because of being native to the hometown he lives in and the fact tigers aren't living in Newfoundland.
  • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race:
    • Kelly and Taylor are hens.
    • Emma and Kitty are Munchkin cats.
    • Crimson is a pony, while Ennui is a Clydesdale horse.
    • Jay and Mickey are guinea pigs.
    • Ryan is a buffalo (while Stephanie remains human).
    • Brody is a toucan bird.
    • Sanders is a Dobermann and McArthur is an alligator.
    • Chet and Lorenzo are both chihuahuas.
    • Tom is a male ladybug, while Jen is a seagull.
    • Rock is a coyote. (Spud remains human)
    • Laurie is an emu, while Miles is a canary.
    • Mary and Ellody are both wild boars.
    • Tammy is a rhino (Leonard remains human).
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Phineas, Ferb, Candace, their parents are grandparents are all tapirs.
    • Isabella (and her mother) are ponies.
    • Baljeet is a worm.
    • Perry would still be a platypus, but just another friend of Phineas and Ferb's, a kid with serious mental disabilities that thinks he is a secret agent. He would ocasionally torment Mr. Doofenshmirtz, the two brothers' next-door neighbour (who is a white eagle) that Perry sees as and pretends to be an evil scientist who wants to rule the world. Doofenshmirtz's catchphrase would still be "Curse you, Perry the Platypus!", but with another context that his peaceful life is always ruined by him. Doofenshmirtz, in this alternate show-within-a-show, works as an accountant.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Shaggy is a brown chimpanzee.
    • Fred is a bull.
    • Velma is a hamster.
    • Scrappy-Doo will still be Scooby's nephew, but the reason he will be taken by his uncle on mystery solving is the fact Scooby's sister (with her husband) is gone oversees with her job and needs someone to take care of her son.

Some theories regarding this show's version of Australia.

Some theories regarding this show's version of India.

Talking dog/puppy movies aimed at children from real-life are actually mean-spirited affairs meant to mock and belittle dogs in-universe.
As a result, average dog children dislike them.
  • Or perhaps such movies are not meant to be malicious, but they tend to contain cringeworthy dog stereotypes, which naturally leads to film critics and animal activists complaining about them.


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