Can we just talk about Todd?
(Spoilers for Season 3 of Bojack Horseman)
I’ve always loved Todd for his childlike innocence and naivety, he’s always so optimistic and sweet. We can all agree it’s easy to have a soft spot for him, he is the mooch that we can adore. But he’s not just a goofy housemate for our main character, nor is he simply a “best friend” - the amazing writers of this show have given him many depths that I think are really important. He CAN speak up for himself when he would like to. He is LOYAL but understands he is a person that doesn’t deserve to be treated badly. He has spoken up against Bojack several times now for his wrong doings, but because of his kind hearted nature that Bojack is so used to, when Todd is upset, Bojack does listen. Todd is hard to hurt, so Bojack KNOWS he’s fucked up if Todd is angry at him.
But in Season 3, there was a new development. A new childhood friend of Todd made an appearance, and she clearly had a strong attraction to him. Todd obviously cares about her, but the series toys with us and makes us question how. He’s given several opportunities to make their relationship sexual, but reacts with reluctance and excuses, he also seems incredibly uncomfortable with the idea.
And it’s hard for us too, the audience, to imagine him wanting intercourse. Especially when he has never experienced any attraction romantically or sexually so far. But when Bojack sleeps with Emily (the childhood friend in case you’re not following), Todd is hurt, he clearly saw her as more than just a friend. So what is Todd’s deal?
Well… Nothing. Todd later sits down with Emily who asks him if he’s gay. His response?
“I think I’m nothing.”
This is it. Something other than being gay or straight in mainstream media. Bisexuality is slowly becoming noticed but Asexuality doesn’t exist according to popular television. Todd has been given another layer of depth for being an openly asexual character.
Loyal, Funny, adorable, asexual… Todd is a wonderful character and I would love to see how many more layers they can give him in the upcoming seasons.