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Introduction
...My life is a mess right now, and I compulsively take care of other people when I don't know how to take care of myself.

—Princess Carolyn, BoJack Horseman


Aw fish!

—Princess Carolyn’s catchphrase


Princess Carolyn is an anthropomorphic pink Persian cat and one of the main characters throughout the BoJack Horseman series. She is BoJack Horseman's ex-girlfriend and former agent.

Design

Princess Carolyn has pink fur, with a curl of pink hair on her head. She has green eyes and long black whiskers. She also has what appear to be bags under her eyes.

She wears a knee-length teal green dress with a yellow fish pattern on it and a grey belt around the waist, with a yellow sweater, a yellow necklace with a yellow pendant with a red dot in the middle, and red high heels. According to model sheets she is only 5'0 tall in heels, making her one of the shortest characters.

In 2007, she wore a blue and white striped short-sleeved shirt, a light wash denim mini skirt with a yellow circle belt buckle, a cropped brown button down jacket, and pink fur-lined Ugg boots with white pom-poms dangling from them, along with a white fedora with a blue and white horizontal striped ribbon on the brim outdoors.

In the 90s, she had a "Rachel" style hairdo. She wore a yellow vest over a sleeveless black top, a green skirt with a white and yellow plaid design, and black heeled shoes.

Background

Little is known about Princess Carolyn's childhood, as it is referenced only a few times in the show. She was born in 1974 and grew up in a prosperous household where her mother worked as a live-in maid. However, she mentions having to do a lot of the work herself during this time, as her mother was an irresponsible alcoholic. She covered for her so they wouldn't have to live in the street. She has eleven siblings, and she has a lot of nieces and nephews. She attended a niece’s wedding in Chickens.

Princess Carolyn started at Vigor Talent as a secretary for BoJack's agent, Marv: in the early 90s. In 2007, Marv quit and gave Princess Carolyn his position, making her BoJack's agent, whom she started an on again off again relationship with at the time. She rose to be one of Vigor's top agents through her dogged pursuit of new talent, large network of personal connections to other agents, and skill for being in the right place at the right time.

In Season 1 she is introduced as BoJack’s agent and on again off again relationship (typically a sexual one) with BoJack, stating she’s able to separate her work life from her personal life.

She is usually seen calling BoJack from her office, typically when he does something stupid, and attempts to help him fix the situation.

In Prickly-Muffin it is learned she has a rival named Vanessa Gekko. After hearing Sarah Lynn fired her agent, Princess Carolyn goes to BoJack’s house, where Sarah Lynn is staying and is throwing wild parties as she does so, and subtly tries to get her to be her client, while dressing and trying to act young and cool.

However, she apparently inadvertently made Sarah Lynn want to ask Vanessa to be her agent, and Sarah Lynn thanks her for it. Despite this, Princess Carolyn apparently planned this, as she tells her assistant to get the word around that Andrew Garfield’s ex , Sarah Lynn, was meeting with Vanessa Gecko, who is also his agent, and to get her a meeting with him.

She also signs Todd Chavez as her client in Zoës and Zeldas, and assists him with his David Boreanaz scheme in Live Fast, Diane Nguyen, although she abandons him when the cops arrive.

"Say Anything" gives Princess Carolyn more focus. She gives BoJack a pep talk after he goes on a week long bender due to his dismay over Diane's engagement to Mr. Peanutbutter, and books him to shoot a commercial for Guten Bourbon. Things are coming together for Princess Carolyn's upcoming Eva Braun movie project, until her agency Vigor merges with rival agency FME. Her longtime rival from FME, Vanessa Gekko, begins to share Princess Carolyn's workspace due to the sloppy merger, and also begins take over Princess Carolyn's Eva Braun project and her clients. She is further hindered by BoJack abandoning his commercial shoot and coming to fawn after her, to which Princess Carolyn points out he does so every time something bad happens to him. However, she finally relents to a date with BoJack after much pestering, to pursue happiness by going on a date with him.

The two enjoy their date, but simultaneously get a phone call. Princess Carolyn is called by Vanessa Gekko, telling her that Cate Blanchett, who was previously Princess Carolyn's client, has switched to become Vanessa's client. Dismayed, Princess Carolyn decides to commit to pursuing happiness with BoJack to take her mind off of her career. BoJack, meanwhile, is called by Herb Kazzaz, who is responding to BoJack's voicemail from the episode Live Fast, Diane Nguyen. Herb scathingly tells BoJack to visit him at his home in Malibu if BoJack has anything to say to him. The call sobers up BoJack, and he admits to Princess Carolyn that she was right earlier when she said they don't love each other, and that they're just lonely and trying to hate themselves less.

Princess Carolyn gathers herself after that evening, swearing to become a "heartless, hard career gal." She is called on the way to work by BoJack, who tells her he is on his way to visit Herb, and wishes to get work when he returns. At first, she dismisses him, saying he is not her client anymore, but begins to find him work after finding out Vanessa coldly shredded his contract to drop him.

Princess Carolyn's persistence pays off in the end when she wins back the Eva Braun project from Vanessa, and maneuvers a position for BoJack to star in a new movie project based on the events of the stolen Hollywood "D" from the episode Our A-Story is a "D" Story. When she calls BoJack to tell him of the news later that evening, BoJack simply tells her he doesn't care and that nothing matters before hanging up on her. Princess Carolyn then dismisses her assistant Laura from work. When asked by Laura if she was heading out soon, Princess Carolyn simply asks back "Where else would I go?" She stares out at the city alone, as realizes she has sacrificed many of her dreams pursuing BoJack who she finds is unattainable to her personally, and he just takes what she does for him for granted. Her phone alarm reminds her it is her fortieth birthday.

In "Horse Majeure", BoJack gathers her and Todd to formulate a plan to stop Diane's wedding. Princess Carolyn refuses, and begins flirting with Vincent Adultman to both spite and ignore BoJack, who is the only one who believes that Vincent is three little kids stacked on top of each other in a trench coat, although when he points this out he is passed of as just being jealous. She attends Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter's wedding and the Golden Globes and BoJack's after party in Later with Vincent.

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Princess Carolyn flirting with Vincent Adultman

In "Later", she convinces Lenny Turteltaub to produce the Secretariat film, as BoJack decides he finally wants to do it due to his book's success and the rising fame that came with it, and hires Diane as a character consultant for the film, as she wrote a book on Secretariat and the job will be very easy. She also goes through a rough patch with Vincent, as he works a full time job at the business factory, and when he gets home he just wants to unwind by watching R-rated movies. She then has an argument with Vincent over him only talking about and wanting to do "business" and "adult things" all the time, leaving herself to think she’s not ready for an adult relationship yet, and she breaks up with Vincent. However, he reconciles with her at Mr. Peanutbutter's launch party for Smoodies, telling her that he had an attitude problem, but he then took a time out and realized it takes a big man to tell the truth, and the truth is that he loves her. She forgives him and the two plan to go to Hawaii together.

She left Vigor to start a new agency with her third boyfriend, the already married coworker Rutabaga Rabitowitz, at the end of Season 2. She ultimately decided to leave him and run the new company on her own when Rutabaga expressed hesitance at divorcing his wife.

Personality

Princess Carolyn is the earnest, clever, hard-working agent. She often finds herself forced to choose between prioritizing her career and her relationships. She almost compulsively starts relationships with men without much foresight, which often leads to complications in her relationships. BoJack notes that she does this because she is lonely.

Princess Carolyn takes pride in her work and loves her career as a talent agent despite its frustrations. She claims to separate her personal life from her professional life, but she is shown to have at least a little difficulty in doing so when she tries to pep talk herself into staying career motivated after BoJack breaks up with her because his constant intrusion into her work and personal lives makes it difficult for her to separate the two from each other.

Princess Carolyn shows a pretty no-nonsense attitude towards BoJack and does not put up with his crap and often calls him out on his mistakes, seeing as the two of them seem to share a long history and have known each other a good while (romantically and professionally both). As a result of their long history, she can also see the good qualities in BoJack such as his love of art and his potential to be a decent person if he puts his mind to it.

Despite saying that she wants a "quiet life", she actually loves the excitement of her career-oriented life as a talent agent and wouldn't trade it for anything, despite the stress. When she is seen looking at a beautiful painting of a cottage in a museum and she has a fantasy she is living inside the painting and Vanessa Gekko is her maid in the fantasy world, she quickly grows bored and realizes an idealistic, quiet country life is simply not for her due to her competitive nature.

Princess Carolyn admits that she compulsively takes care of others, showing her maternal side, when she feels her own life is out of control. She also has a strong desire for children and a family of her own as indicated by her fictional great, great, great granddaughter Ruthie.

Trivia

  • She has had five miscarriages throughout her life.
  • Like BoJack, Princess Carolyn also hates honeydew, calling it “garbage fruit” in One Trick Pony.
  • Princess Carolyn seems to love cat related media, as shown by her many posters in her apartment and her "Cats" ringtone. Inexplicably, she also has a poster for the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie "Junior," which has never been brought up.
  • Despite being promoted from intern to secretary to agent at the agency, she continued to water the plants.
  • She does want to settle down and have kids some day, despite being in her 40's.
    • She tries to get pregnant in season 4 with Ralph Stilton, but is unable to, she suffers a miscarriage and breaks up with him.
      • BoJack suggests adopting.
      • Despite wanting to have children she still would keep up her busy, career oriented life as she finds peace and quiet a bore.