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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.
  • Eddie Izzard is a reptile named Eddie Lizard.
  • Mark Ruffalo is a bovine named Mark Buffalo.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kathryn Newton is a poodle.

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.

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.

Probably not in any serious plotline, as that may be considered just a little too weird (even for a wacky show like this) and Jumping the Shark. But perhaps somehow, there will be some rumors about someone (most likely Todd, given the strange misadventures he's been in) getting kidnapped by space aliens. This will be Played for Laughs of course, with the aliens being little different from humans or animals in appearance and behavior, and the whole thing being (probably) explainable as just a really weird dream or hallucination (or not?).

In the final season of the series, BoJack's final conflict will be with his own physical health — if not death itself.
By this last season, BoJack will have done his best to conquer his inner demons, and (more or less) resolve most of his social and emotional problems. However, BoJack's psyche won't be the only thing haunting him, but also all the unhealthy vices that have damaged his body over the years; from overeating junk food, to abusing alcohol/tobacco/drugs, to his sexual promiscuity (think what nasty STDs he could've caught). BoJack may discover that he's suffering from cardiovascular disease, liver failure, perhaps even AIDS or cancer. Regardless of whether or not BoJack can overcome any of these diseases, he'll have to come to terms with his impending mortality.
  • It'll be the only thing he can't regain control of: his literal life.
  • He does mention that he has a strand of herpes, albeit as a joke ("I wish I was asexual, that way I wouldn't have a strand of herpes!"), but this show is known to take passive gags like that and then later expand on them to make you miserable, so there's a possibility that it will come back.
  • And the last scene will be him surrounded by or getting supportive calls from all of the friends he either gained or re-gained over the course of the series through his efforts to better himself. Unlike the incredibly bleak death he wrote for himself on Horsin' Around, BoJack doesn't die of a broken heart because he's all alone and nobody loves him, rather he dies peacefully knowing that yes, people do like him. It's the ultimate Bittersweet Ending: "He who dies with the most toys (or, in this case, friends) and still dies, but at least you die knowing you have them."

Correlating to this, Bojack will donate his body to the glue factory
He can finally repair what's been broken. For bonus points, the first thing his glue will be used to fix is a telescope.


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