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"I don't want to fight you, Bojack. I just want to tell you I know. I know you wanna be happy, but you won't be, and--I'm sorry-- it's not just you, you know. Your father and I, we---Well, we come by it honestly, the ugliness inside you. You were born broken, that's your birthright. And now you can fill your life with projects, your books, and your movies, and your little girlfriends, but it won't make you whole. You're Bojack Horseman. There's no cure for that."
~ Beatrice Horseman

Beatrice Horseman (née Sugarman) is the main antagonist of the Netflix original series, Bojack Horseman. She was a psychologically abusive parent who constantly punished and scolded Bojack all because he was born. She is the one true antagonist of the show because even after death, she left an everlasting impact on Bojack and constantly stays with him for the rest of his life.

She was voiced by Wendie Malick


From Troubled Beginnings

Beatrice Horseman was the daughter of Joseph Sugarman, a wealthy and misogynistic business owner and Honey Sugarman, a good hearted homemaker. When she was young, her brother Crackerjack was killed in WWII, leaving her mother emotional and distraught and her father not being able to control her emotions. One night, after the battle was ended, Honey and Beatrice went to an army celebration where Honey got drunk and made a scene causing them to be thrown out. Beatrice, who was only a little girl at the time, was forced to drive her and her mother home, leading to a wreck. Joseph was outraged by this and blamed it on her not being able to control her emotions, leading to Joseph having her labotomized. Beatrice was saddened by this and her mom made her promise to never love anyone else like she loved Crackerjack, or else she would suffer the same fate. 

Scarlet Fever

Beatrice not only had a difficult home life, she was also regularly bullied at school by Clemilia Bloodsworth and her silver spoon friends for being fat and poor. One day, waking up from her sleep, she told her father that she didn't feel well. Joseph, however, felt that she was lying about being sick because she didn't want to go to school and be bullied by Clemilia and her friends so she made her get up anyway. Despite this, she ended up collapsing and it was revealed that she was suffering from scarlet fever. That night, she is woken up by the sound of her father scolding her mother for not being able to take care of her, blaming the labotomy for making her stupider instead of helping her. Beatrice is of course distraught by this, but Joseph tells her not to worry, as the scarlet fever might help her lose some of that weight she's been gaining. 

Pleasant Memory

One night, Beatrice is woken up by one of the servants taking her baby doll away from her. She gets up to go and retreive it but is immediately horrified by the sight of the servants burning all her toys and belongings. She desperately pleads with them to stop but Joseph walks in and tells her to stop, claiming that, "crying was stupid," and that her sickness had infected everything and it was the only way to stop the others from getting sick. She begs and pleads her father not to burn her baby doll but Joseph ignores her pleads and tosses it in the fire, leaving it to melt. Beatrice begins to scream and cry but Joseph tells her that she needs to be strong and asks her, "You don't want to end up like your mother, do you?" Scared and anxious, she says no, and Joseph tells her that soon it will all be a pleasant memory. But despite this, Beatrice never seemed to have gotten over it, and this memory alone contributed to her hatred towards Bojack.

The Debutante Party


Throughout most of the series, Beatrice is portrayed as a malicious, abusive, sarcastic, bitter, and emotionless croon, who constantly makes it clear to BoJack that he was a mistake who ruined her body and destroyed her life. This is shown in scenes where BoJack smokes a cigarette and his mother makes him smoke the entire thing saying she wasn't punishing him for stealing OR smoking, she was punishing him for being alive. What makes her worse than her husband in the sense is that, while Butterscotch has shown kindness to his son on more than one occasion, the only time Beatrice was truly nice to BoJack was in Time's Arrow, and even then it didn't make up for over 50 years of abuse towards him. But arguable, her most villiainous act was when she made Henrietta give up her baby just to, "stop her from making a mistake," which is a pain that no mother can bear to live with.  However, that's not to say that she doesn't have ANY redemming qualities. When she was young, she was a positive and upbeat character, who constantly stood up for her mother and loved everyone around her. When she had dementia, she was shown to be caring towards her, "baby," who was actually a doll, despite BoJack clearly being jealous towards it. This shows that when Beatrice was older, she started to show remorse for what she did. And because of this, she wanted to start over. Even though she DID drug Hollyhock to be thinner, it's assumed that she had no control over that because she had dementia.

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