Todd Chavez is a human character in his 20’s living in Bojack’s house rent-free. Chavez is one of the most complex characters in the show because he comes across as a stereotypical standard of ‘loser’ in society’s eyes.
Unemployed, playing videos all day, doing drugs, and sleeping on the couch- that’s the depiction of Chavez. He is frequently told by Bojack Horseman, “Clean up your shit, Todd.”
Bojack Horseman Season 6 delves even deeper into Todd Chavez as a person, even taking us back to his childhood.
Todd Chavez, a creative soul
Todd is a creative, imaginative soul with a kick for ideas and startups that land him in really interesting situations. His funny shenanigans show he is much more than a slacker. Despite his silly plans ending up as total fails, he manages to be the cutest, most lighthearted character of Bojack Horseman.
For starters, his idea to launch a Halloween Store in January had the audience rolling in laughter.
His venture to create his own Disney-Land was another one of his antics that was deeply amusing and funny.
And of course, we love the shows’ classic smoodee venture that Todd & Mr. Peanutbutter came up with. According to Todd, it’s a smoothie that represents your mood, a ‘smoodee.’ His puns are super clever.
Todd Chavez as a True Friend…
Most of all, he is a loyal friend. Beneath all the sloppiness, he has a heart of gold and a mind full of ideas and a surprising level of intelligence.
Chavez often gives important reality checks to Bojack Horseman telling him to be better. Bojack who is actually extremely dependent on Todd stays in denial about it. Initially, Todd believes Bojack to be his ultimate best-friend.
After constantly forgiving him, Bojack’s constant insults and casual ignorance eventually turn Todd away from him. He then moves out of Bojack’s apartment. With time, their dynamics also change when Todd finally questions Bojack for the terrible things he has done.
Todd comes out as an ‘Asexual’
A serious development in his story is when Todd finds himself in a personal battle where he can’t understand his sexuality.
He finds himself uninterested when it comes to sexual advances towards potential partners. The writers had been throwing hints at this since the very start but it comes as a huge surprise.
His character-arc becomes more complex when he tries to navigate relationships and fails to do so. He soon identifies himself as an ‘asexual’ and has some trouble accepting it.
The fans reacted to this new development with happiness and praise for the show’s refreshing perspective on something as complex as sexuality. Asexuality is generally not given any limelight on television and movies so Bojack Horseman really one-upped everyone here.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Aaron Paul, the voice of Tod Chavez said that the reaction to Todd’s asexuality has been “beautiful”.
“I was so proud to represent that community, and so many people came up to me, or have been coming up to me, since that come out, saying, ‘I didn’t know what I was. You have given me a community that I didn’t even know existed,’ which is just so heartbreaking, but also so beautiful, you know?”Aaron Paul, BuzzFeed News
Moreover, he’s glad this asexual character exists:
“I think it’s so nice to have a character on TV — especially on a show so powerful like BoJack — that represents a community that should be represented,”
Todd’s Isolated Childhood
Bojack Horseman Season 6 also takes us down a road where we haven’t been before- Todd’s childhood and parents. A sad backstory about being alienated by his step-dad and a mother who never cared enough for Todd is revealed.
In an episode, his step-dad appears giving him the news that his mother is in a coma and needs a kidney. Todd who has apparently donated his kidney already, ventures out to retrieve it for his mother; another depiction of his pure soul.
The episode also has some powerful scenes where Chavez calls his father out for unreal parental expectations and child abandonment.
Todd as a Father Figure
Season 6 Todd is a ‘manny’ for Ruthie, Princess Carolyn’s daughter.
His role as a protective and loving care-taker is an all-new perspective of Todd Chavez while staying true to his original character.
Todd as a ‘dad’ is simply one of the purest and beautiful parts of the show,
Todd Chavez in Bojack Horseman Season 6
After going through a lot to retrieve the kidney for his mother, Todd chooses not to see her. Deep inside, he wants her to reach out first and tells his step-father about this expectation.
Season 6 also shows Todd beginning yet another entrepreneurial adventure; an asexual dating app called ‘All About That Ace’ to help him find a match. Could this app be a breakthrough leading to Todd’s final success as an entrepreneur?
We are sure that Part 2 of Bojack Horseman Season 6 will dig deeper into these new plots and give us answers.