|“||That's the thing. I don't think I believe in deep down. I kinda think that all you are is just the things that you do.||”|
—Diane Nguyen, Later
Diane is an American writer, misunderstood intellectual, and third-wave feminist from Boston who lives with her well-off and famous husband, Mr. Peanutbutter.
Diane is an Vietnamese-American woman and one of the few main characters in BoJack Horseman that is a human. She has dark blue hair and light skin. Diane typically wears glasses, a green jacket with an orange arrow designed on each end near her abdomen pointing towards her center, a white short sleeved undershirt that shows her cleavage and a bit of her stomach, blue jeans, and black heeled books that each have two yellow stripes at the top. According to model sheets she is 5 1/2 feet tall.
In 2007, she had short hair with long bangs, and she wore a blue and white baseball tee, a Starbucks apron with orange arrows pointing to her abdomen, and a name tag that said "Blarn".
As a teenager, she wore a purple ruffled prom dress with big ruffled sleeves, her hair was puffier (presumably she had her hair permed before prom), and her glasses frames were much thicker and the lenses were larger.
Diane Nguyen was born in 1980. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. In Live Fast, Diane Nguyen it was revealed that Diane had a tough childhood, with her parents and four brothers caring little for her and acting rude and crass. One time, when Diane was a teenager, her brothers all took turns writing letters to her under the pseudonym Leo, then hired a hobo to pretend to be Leo and take her to prom. They then tape recorded this incident where Diane bursts into tears realizing she has had a cruel prank played on her. The brothers still play the tape every time Diane visits. They dubbed the tape the "Cry-ane" video.
According to Diane, her father was a "mean, sadistic alcoholic who never supported anything [she] did and actively delighted in seeing [her] fail". It is unknown if he was like this to his sons, but it seems unlikely. Her mother was no better, acting obnoxious and condescending towards her, frequently nagging her, and freely letting Diane's father and brothers abuse her and coddling them into staying lazy alcoholics.
Diane attended Boston University where she majored in Literature and Equine Studies. At some point in her 20's, she relocated to Los Angles, California. When she first moved there, she worked at a Starbucks and as a barista with her friends Roxy and Wayne, the latter of whom she briefly dated. She first met Mr. Peanutbutter in 2007 at the Starbucks she worked at, and after his wife Jessica Biel dumped him at an event she (Diane) was catering the two dated for seven years before getting married in 2014.
She is the author of Secretariat: a Life, which she prepared for by spent three years conducting researching and interviews in order to bring light to Secretariat, The Rise and Fall of Strongheart, and New York Times bestseller Tracing Zippo Pine Bar.
At the start of the series, she is hired to ghostwrite BoJack's autobiography, meant to serve as his comeback, by BoJack's publisher, Pinky Penguin. The two initially develop a strong friendship, with Diane encouraging BoJack, for the first time, to talk truthfully about himself and about his past, including his shitty behavior and abusive childhood.
In Live Fast, Diane Nguyen, Diane's father dies. She and BoJack, after meeting with Pinky in New York, stop in Boston for Diane to quickly give her condolences. However, her brothers make her plan the funeral, and BoJack ends up bonding with them, as he always wanted brothers. After Diane makes arrangements to throw her father a funeral, none of her family show up, and her father's corpse is absent.
It turns out her family is lounging at a bar, and had chummed their father's corpse with the intent to throw his remains in the face of their hated baseball rival team's star, Derek Jeter. Calling Diane a big-shot for getting upset at their low expectations, BoJack tactlessly defends Diane by bluntly describing her career and living situation, saying she is not a big-shot. Diane then flies into a rage and drives off with the truck holding her father's chummed remains. BoJack finds Diane at the city, and he comforts Diane by telling her the ways he appreciates her, and that she is in fact too good for her family, and she shouldn’t waste her time trying to impress them just for closure.
In Our A-Story is a "D" Story, Mr. Peanutbutter starts to become concerned about BoJack and Diane getting close, that becomes strained after he develops feelings for her. Although BoJack denies it, he and Mr. Peanutbutter begin a competition of one-upmanship to see who can impress Diane more. After Mr. Peanutbutter takes Diane home, BoJack, after getting drunk out of misery, steals the "D" from the Hollywood sign in order to impress her, and he wakes up the next day to find it on his deck.
Mr. Peanutbutter arrives to confirm his suspicions of BoJack having feelings for Diane by stealing the D, but offers to help BoJack return the D secretly under the condition BoJack stops pursuing Diane romantically. BoJack agrees. They successfully distract the public to get it off BoJack's deck with Mr. Peanutbutter's helicopter, but Mr. Peanutbutter delivers it to his house and claims he stoke it as a romantic gesture to Diane, to BoJack's anger. Later that night, BoJack tells Diane during their memoir interview that she should be with someone who understands her.
When Diane returns home to Mr. Peanutbutter, BoJack calls to once again express his feelings, but his call is ignored when Mr. Peanutbutter asks Diane to talk intimately. Mr. Peanutbutter apologizes for his grand gestures, and explains how much he loves her despite having different personalities. Simultaneously, BoJack leaves a heartfelt voicemail about how good she makes him feel. As his voicemail message ends, Mr. Peanutbutter proposes to Diane, and she accepts. Diane then calls BoJack back, telling him the news about her engagement and asking what his voicemail was about. BoJack tells her to delete it, saying it was another drunken message.
Diane accompanies BoJack on his visit to Herb Kazzaz, his former best friend who was dying of rectal cancer. On the ride home, after Herb refused to forgive BoJack for betraying him and the two got in a physical fight that ended in Herb telling BoJack off, BoJack pulled over to the side of the road to collect himself. Diane gets out of the car to console BoJack. He tells her she can put this in the book, and that he doesn’t care what anyone thinks anymore. Diane tells him she thinks it took a lot of guts to do what he did. BoJack then kisses Diane unexpectedly. She pushes herself away, and returns to the car wordlessly.
This incident makes things between the two awkward, and the next day Diane tells BoJack she has enough information to write the book, while also wanting to indirectly avoid him. Her stress culminates while shopping for wedding registry ideas with Mr. Peanutbutter, to which they ultimately decide to move the wedding up within the month and to hold a smaller celebration.
At the same time, BoJack plans to sabotage the wedding. His first plan goes awry and Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter end up moving their wedding to the following week. BoJack lets them have the wedding in Elephante, the restaurant he owns, so he has a better vantage to sabotage the wedding. Todd then learns from a personal conversation with Mr. Peanutbutter that he has doubts about his marriage to Diane, and remarks he sometimes feels relief when he dreams that Diane disappeared from his life.
Todd eventually decides not to share this useful information with BoJack when he discovers that BoJack sabotaged his rock opera. Having been further held up by jury duty, BoJack is unable to come up with any plans to sabotage the wedding. Spurred on by Margo Martindale at the courthouse to tell Diane his feelings for her, BoJack rushes to the wedding, only to be stopped by an angry Todd reminding BoJack to stop intruding in other people's lives. He attends the wedding without incident, and reconciles with Diane about the awkwardness between them.
Her biography of BoJack, One Trick Pony, earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy or Musical, despite not being a movie.
She went to war-torn Cordovia, to write about Sebastian St. Clair and help people. However, she quickly learned that St. Clair only cared about the fame and money, and was getting upset that Diane was interacting with the sick and injured kids. She eventually quit due to the traumatizing nature of the war zone and stopped writing the book, then hiding out in BoJack's House for a time. She eventually returned home.
In Love And/Or Marriage Diane learns she is pregnant and in Brrap Brrap Pew Pew she has an abortion. In the rest of Season 3, her friendship with BoJack becomes strained (to an extent) due to her living with BoJack for three months, despite telling her husband she was still in Cordovia, she, however, becomes the only character to stand-by with BoJack at the end of the season.
In Season 4, she begins writing for Girlcroosh, a feminist website, and parody of Buzzfeed. Her relationship with Mr. Peanutbutter begins to decline, due to opposing beliefs such as on gun control and fracking only to be used as fuel for sexual activity by the two, it, however, hits a climax, after Mr Peanutbutter has a "Belle Library", similar to the one depicted in Beauty and the Beast installed in their new house after their old one is destroyed by Fracking which is Diane's personal dream/fantasy, which is ruined due to it being "hers".
She is also angry due to the fact that she’s told him multiple times she hates big gestures, which in return angers Mr. Peanutbutter, as he does stuff like that so that she won’t get bored of him and leave like his past wives have. After they stop arguing, Diane says their marriage is like a magic eye poster, which Mr Peanutbutter says he loves, because “it's messy, and at first glance, it doesn't seem to make any sense, and it's hard to figure out but sometimes, if you squint at it just right, everything lines up, and it's the most perfect, beautiful, amazing thing”.
Jessica Biel said something very similar to this to Diane referring to a memory involving the poster during their marriage. Mr Peanutbutter positively agrees to this. However, Diane confesses she’s tired of squinting, using the magic eye poster as a metaphor for her marraige and relationship and breaks down crying, leaving a downed Mr. Peanutbutter to realize their relationship may be coming to an end.
Diane is a nice, intelligent, nerdy, and third-wave woman who is shy at social gatherings but ironically bold and upstanding when she sees it's necessary, tries constantly to achieve notoriety of some sort but it falls flat on three fronts: her stubborn belief that her way of doing things is the only correct way (even when she's no longer involved), her refusal to be pragmatic or compromise her position at all, and her flip-flop morality when it comes to doing the right thing. An example of this is her stance on guns.
Like BoJack, Diane had quite a tough childhood, having been raised in a house full of spiteful and lazy four brothers and parents who didn't seem to be very affectionate towards her, hence her determined, dedicated and somewhat aggressive nature. This often enables her to put up with people like BoJack Horseman at the most trying of times. Although she can seem quiet and very much enveloped in writing, Diane has been seen to snap and lose her temper, which has been shown in the past to be quite violent.
She also has a spiteful streak when provoked, leaking chapters of BoJack's biography against his will and accusing her husband of making things "all about him" (despite his selflessness) to cover for her own unhappiness with her life choices. In addition, Diane often tends to get dragged into BoJack's shenanigans, especially in Season 1.
- Mr. Peanutbutter (husband)
- BoJack Horseman (close friend)
- Todd Chavez (good friend)
- Princess Carolyn (former employer/friend)
- Wayne (ex-boyfriend)
- Roxy (best friend)
- Her last name Nguyen is the most common Vietnamese family name and most characters in the show comically mispronounce it.
- She is 5 1/2 feet (66 in) tall.
- Her phone number is 310-555-5443, and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Even though she's a ghostwriter, her name is on the books she wrote.
- She published a novel about Secretariat.
- She also served as a consultative writer for the film, but was asked to do tasks such as making sure nobody tripped over the cables.
- Diane is one of the few characters to said the "f" word. However Diane is cut off by the end credits before we can actually hear it.
- In the show "fuck" is only used whenever a relationship is ruined (In Bojack-related Story Arcs), the only time it is not uttered in this manner, is by Diane Nguyen, who is cut off by the credits scene.
- In BoJack Kills, Mr. Peanutbutter says he and Diane “are like five big fights away from a divorce". The two do indeed have five arguments up until What Time Is It Right Now.
- In Old Acquaintance, Mr. Peanutbutter gets angry at Diane when she insists he talks to Captain Peanutbutter, due to him acting weird, questioning if she thinks she knows his brother better than him and just because she has a bad family doesn’t mean everyone else does.
- In Commence Fracking, Mr. Peanutbutter confronts Diane due to the latter publishing GurlCroosh articles against Mr. Peanutbutter being pro-fracking for his governor campaign, as Diane is anti-fracking. Diane says she won’t publish it if he drops out of the race, and when he refuses, saying publishing the article will embarrass them and she always has to air her “dirty laundry” when someone disagrees with her. she states she doesn’t want Mr. Peanutbutter to be governor, because she thinks he would be bad at it. She then publishes her article, which leads to the two throwing and breaking their computers and a coffee mugs, and Mr Peanutbutter pins Diane to the wall as th two struggle against one another. The two then engage in passionate “angry sex”.
- In Thoughts and Prayers, the two argue on MSNBSea about gun control, and in the next scene they can be heard having “angry sex” again behind a closed door.
- In Underground, Diane gets angry at Mr. Peanutbutter due to his fracking causing their home to collapse into a sinkhole.
- Finally, in "What Time Is It Right Now", Diane gets upset when Mr. Peanutbutter builds her Belle-Room (a giant room filled with books like the library the Beast gave Belle in Beauty and the Beast) that’s she dreamed of having as a little girl, claiming that it was her own fantasy and she hates big gestures as also seen in After the Party. Mr. Peanutbutter in return gets angry for trying to do something nice for her and claims he does big gestures because he’s scared she’ll get bored of him and leave like his previous wives, Katrina and Jessica. After they calm down, Diane says she thinks their marriage is like a magic eye poster, as at first glance, it’s messy and doesn’t make sense, but if you squint hard enough, everything lines up. However, Diane says she so tired of squinting, and breaks down crying, as Mr. Peanutbutter looks upset, as an implication their marriage has failed.