History Characters / TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy

29th Jun '16 2:51:26 AM 06tele
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* FlawedPrototype: Marvin was the unsuccessful prototype for the emotion chip. Everything else that has it is irrepressibly cheerful all the time-- including Eddie, a ship AI who will cheerfully tell you you're about to be vaporized by nuclear missiles, and even the ''individual doors'' which all thank you for passing through them. Marvin hates them all.

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* FlawedPrototype: Marvin was the unsuccessful prototype for the emotion personality chip. Everything else that has it is irrepressibly cheerful all the time-- including Eddie, a ship AI who will cheerfully tell you you're about to be vaporized by nuclear missiles, and even the ''individual doors'' which all thank you for passing through them. Marvin hates them all.
20th Jun '16 11:52:20 PM Eagal
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* ArtifactAlias: Ford Prefect is so named due to a research error in which he mistook the name 'Ford Prefect' as an equivalent to 'John Smith', without realising that it was the name of a popular model of car.However, he continues to be called this (as opposed to his birth name, which is unpronounceable, or his childhood nickname, Ix) by everyone long after Earth is destroyed. Even characters who hadn't seen him since before he was stranded on Earth and would have [[FridgeLogic no way of knowing this pseudonym]], like childhood friend and semi-cousin Zaphod Beeblebrox.

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* ArtifactAlias: Ford Prefect is so named due to a research error in which he mistook the name 'Ford Prefect' as an equivalent to 'John Smith', without realising that it was the name of a popular model of car. However, he continues to be called this (as opposed to his birth name, which is unpronounceable, or his childhood nickname, Ix) by everyone long after Earth is destroyed. Even characters who hadn't seen him since before he was stranded on Earth and would have [[FridgeLogic no way of knowing this pseudonym]], like childhood friend and semi-cousin Zaphod Beeblebrox. The explanation is apparently that the Galactic civil service has access to time machines - who doesn't? - and finds it easier to change his name so that it has ''always'' been "Ford Prefect" than it would be for them to maintain two records for the same person.



** The AuthorsSavingThrow is apparently that the Galactic civil service has access to time machines - who doesn't? - and finds it easier to change his name so that it has ''always'' been "Ford Prefect" than it would be for them to maintain two records for the same person.



* {{Promoted to Love Interest}}: In the film, she's Arthur's love interest. In every other version, Arthur tried unsuccessfully to flirt with her at a party before the events of the story and that was that.
* {{Race Lift}}: Described as "vaguely Arabic" in the first book, implying she has South Asian ancestry. Played by white actresses in both the TV series and the film. In the comic book, she has the same pale skin as Arthur and brown hair instead of the black she has in the books.
* {{The Smurfette Principle}}: The only female character of note until Fenchurch and Random came along in the fourth and fifth books, respectively.

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* {{Promoted to Love Interest}}: PromotedToLoveInterest: In the film, she's Arthur's love interest. In every other version, Arthur tried unsuccessfully to flirt with her at a party before the events of the story and that was that.
* {{Race Lift}}: RaceLift: Described as "vaguely Arabic" in the first book, implying she has South Asian ancestry. Played by white actresses in both the TV series and the film. In the comic book, she has the same pale skin as Arthur and brown hair instead of the black she has in the books.
* {{The Smurfette Principle}}: TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female character of note until Fenchurch and Random came along in the fourth and fifth books, respectively.



* {{Deadpan Snarker}}: You'd be snarky too if you hated everyone and everything. Unlike most examples of the trope however, Marvin gets no pleasure from his sarcasm.

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* {{Deadpan Snarker}}: DeadpanSnarker: You'd be snarky too if you hated everyone and everything. Unlike most examples of the trope however, Marvin gets no pleasure from his sarcasm.



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* {{The Cameo}} [[spoiler: He shows up at the end of a Douglas Adams short story, {{Literature/The Private Life of Genghis Khan}}, and insults Khan to his face, therefore indirectly causing the Mongol's massacres.]]

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* {{The Cameo}} TheCameo: [[spoiler: He shows up at the end of a Douglas Adams short story, {{Literature/The Private Life of Genghis Khan}}, and insults Khan to his face, therefore indirectly causing the Mongol's massacres.]]



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* {{Dropped a Bridge on Her}}: She's removed from the narrative very quickly in {{Literature/Mostly Harmless}}. [[CreatorBreakdown Douglas Adams was having a miserable year.]] [[spoiler: She returns in ''And Another Thing'' but only very briefly as [[YankTheDogsChain poor Arthur is whisked away from her again.]]]]

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* {{Dropped a Bridge on Her}}: DroppedABridgeOnHer: She's removed from the narrative very quickly in {{Literature/Mostly Harmless}}. [[CreatorBreakdown Douglas Adams was having a miserable year.]] [[spoiler: She returns in ''And Another Thing'' but only very briefly as [[YankTheDogsChain poor Arthur is whisked away from her again.]]]]



* {{Love Interest}}: To Arthur.
* {{Only One Name}}: Her surname is never given.
* {{Replacement Goldfish}}: In the sixth book, Arthur tries to replace her with a ship's hologram that takes on her appearance, with mixed results.

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* {{Love Interest}}: LoveInterest: To Arthur.
* {{Only One Name}}: OnlyOneName: Her surname is never given.
* {{Replacement Goldfish}}: ReplacementGoldfish: In the sixth book, Arthur tries to replace her with a ship's hologram that takes on her appearance, with mixed results.
17th May '16 4:04:25 AM 06tele
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* NoRespectGuy: He saves the ''Heart of Gold'' from missiles, but Zaphod brushes this off immediately when Arthur tells him [[ExactWords "don't mention it."]]

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* NoRespectGuy: He saves the ''Heart of Gold'' from missiles, but Zaphod brushes this off immediately when Arthur tells him [[ExactWords "don't mention it."it was nothing really."]] Justified in that Zaphod is from Betelgeuse, where they don't have sarcasm, and presumably lack other figures of speech too:
-->'''Zaphod''': That was good thinking, Earthman. You just saved your lives!
-->'''Arthur''': Oh, well, it was nothing really.
-->'''Zaphod''': Oh, was it? Oh, well, forget it then.
** Averted later on Lamuella when he becomes the Sandwich Maker: the blacksmith and baker both consult his wisdom in matters related to cutlery and baking, and everyone appreciates his mad sandwich-making skillz.
17th May '16 3:55:09 AM 06tele
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* SupremeChef: When he gets stranded on Lamuella in ''Mostly Harmless'', having nothing better to do with his time he becomes a supremely brilliant sandwich maker, revered by the local community.
17th May '16 3:37:02 AM 06tele
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* BadassDriver: Having grown up on Earth and not known anything about space travel, Trillian is taken on board the ''Heart of Gold'' and within what can only have been a couple of weeks on board a spaceship, she's become such a good pilot that she successfully evade two guided missiles for several minutes. After one especially spectacular manoeuvre:

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* BadassDriver: Having grown up on Earth and not known anything about space travel, Trillian is taken on board the ''Heart of Gold'' and within having spent what can only have been a couple of weeks on board a spaceship, she's become aboard the ''Heart of Gold'', Trillian becomes such a good pilot that she successfully evade evades two guided missiles for several minutes. After one especially spectacular manoeuvre:
17th May '16 3:34:58 AM 06tele
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* BadassDriver: Having grown up on Earth and not known anything about space travel, Trillian is taken on board the ''Heart of Gold'' and within what can only have been a couple of weeks on board a spaceship, she's become such a good pilot that she successfully evade two guided missiles for several minutes. After one especially spectacular manoeuvre:
-->'''Ford''': Where the hell did you learn that, Trillian?
-->'''Trillian''': Going around Hyde Park Corner on a moped.


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* InformedAbility: Trillian is described by Arthur as "devastatingly intelligent" and has a degree in maths and another in astrophysics, but she doesn't get to show it very often. In ''Life, The Universe and Everything'' she argues skilfully with the Krikkit War Council, but most of the time Trillian is just slightly more intelligent than everyone else.
17th May '16 2:59:29 AM 06tele
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* HeroicNeutral: Arthur shares this with most of the characters, which is one of the reasons Adams found the books so difficult to write: all Arthur really wants out of life is a nice cup of tea and maybe his planet back, so he has to be forced to have adventures. Arthur in the film is a bit more impetuous and hot-blooded than the diffident Arthur of the book/radio/TV.



* CheshireCatGrin: Smiles "a little too broadly, giving people the unnerving impression he was about to go for their neck."

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* CheshireCatGrin: Smiles "a little too broadly, giving people the unnerving impression he was about to go for their neck."" David Dixon in the TV series took this and ran with it.
23rd Mar '16 1:07:58 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* TheDragAlong: In ''Life, The Universe, and Everything'', Ford isn't too keen on the whole "saving-the-universe" thing, but is dragged along by Slartibartfast anyway.
22nd Mar '16 1:40:02 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* TheBlindLeadingTheBlind:

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* TheBlindLeadingTheBlind: Anytime Ford tries to attempt {{Technobabble}} it becomes abundantly clear he knows as little (and sometimes less) about it as Arthur. One moment in the radio series had him try to explain TimeTravel with a wine bottle and a napkin.
22nd Jan '16 10:32:32 PM nombretomado
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-> Radio: Peter Jones (first and second series), William Franklyn (third, fourth, and fifth); TV: Peter Jones; Film: StephenFry

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-> Radio: Peter Jones (first and second series), William Franklyn (third, fourth, and fifth); TV: Peter Jones; Film: StephenFry
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