17 – Pinky Penguin (Patton Oswalt)
Back-to-back Patton Oswalt characters, eh? Pinky is just so adorably sad, and really reminds me of Toy Story 2’s Wheezy.
16 – Beatrice and Butterscotch Horseman (Wendie Malick, Will Arnett)
They were essential in making BoJack the
man horse he is today, but the Horsemanses (Horsemen?) are probably the most purely evil pair on the whole show.
15 – Kelsey Jennings (Maria Bamford)
Maybe I’m partial due to my own film school history, but Kelsey is just so genuine. She’s a critical darling who offers BoJack sound advice on the Secretariat set.
14 – Sarah Lynn (Kristen Schaal)
The only Horsin’ Around kid to really affect the story, Sarah Lynn is perfect encapsulation of grown-up child actors. Here’s hoping she doesn’t die too soon.
13 – Charlotte Moore (Olivia Wilde)
As a character, Charlotte represents everything BoJack could have if he weren’t so cynical and self-serving. Plus, she gets the show’s only F bomb.
12 – J.D. Salinger (Alan Arkin)
The fact that the legendary author A.) is still alive in this universe and B.) produces a game show is comedy gold. “Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities, What Do They Know? Do They Know Things? Let’s Find Out!” is genius.
11 – Character Actress Margo Martindale (Herself)
Again, the show’s take on real-world celebrities is some of the funniest stuff out there. If Margo isn’t running around with an AK, she’s chilling with another Netflix cast: the gals of Orange is the New Black.
10 – Herb Kazzaz (Stanley Tucci)
BoJack Horseman is full of scumbags, but Herb is truly a tragic figure. So much of his life (and death) spur on BoJack that he’s unforgettable.
9 – Lennie Turtletaub (J.K. Simmons)
This role is just J.K.’s tempo (zing!). The corporate lines from this producer are hilarious, and in keeping with turtles’ long lifespans, Lennie has worked with many big names throughout Hollywood history.
8 – Tom Grumbo-Jumbo (Keith Olbermann)
Another perfectly cast role. Olbermann’s always-on broadcast delivery makes the bizarre events of BoJack’s world that much funnier.
7 – Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie)
We’re in the top ranks now, but Diane sits at #7 because she’s usually the straight (wo)man to other characters’ antics. Every show needs those people, though.
6 – Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris)
Also more of a straight
man cat, Princess Carolyn is almost solely responsible for getting Diane and BoJack together, sparking the entirety of the show.
5 – Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins)
Mr. Peanutbutter might be an even better representation of washed-up 90s stars than BoJack, but his ADD-esque antics are so dog-like it’s adorable. Plus, he gets to host the “HSACWDTKDTKSLFO” game show.
4 – Wanda Pierce (Lisa Kudrow)
Wanda came out of a 30-year coma right before dating BoJack, which is weirdly appropriate for Lisa Kudrow’s career. Her discovery of modern day technology throughout Season Two is both hilarious and heartwarming.
3 – Vincent Adultman (Alison Brie)
The concept of Vincent Adultman is one of the funniest ideas on TV today. “Seriously, does know one else think that’s just three kids stacked inside a trench coat?” Classic.
2 – Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul)
We don’t know a lot about Todd’s history, but his Looney Tunes level of hijinx lead to several hilarious B-plots in several episodes. I mean, the guy’s been a jailbird, a foreign prince, and the owner of Disney Land. Seriously.
1 – BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett)
Who else could it be? BoJack offers equal parts cynical one-liners and genuinely sad narcissism and depression. He’s simply one of the most complex, comedic, and crude characters out there.