History Characters / TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy

17th Dec '16 2:14:09 AM Pennyforth
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** It should be noted that Zaphod's third arm is not a natural feature, but something he acquired (either to help with his "ski-boxing", or so he could fondle all three of famed prostitute Eccentrica Gallumbits' breasts at the same time).
6th Dec '16 9:36:25 PM LBHills
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* 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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* 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 thereby indirectly causing the Mongol's massacres.]]



* EmbarrassingFirstName: As is revealed in ''And Another Thing,'' his first name is Bowerick. He stopped using it because people were calling him Bow-Wowbagger.
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* EmbarrassingFirstName: As is revealed Revealed in ''And Another Thing,'' Thing:'' his first name is Bowerick. He stopped using it because people were calling him Bow-Wowbagger.
%%* {{Jerkass}}* {{Jerkass}}: Wowbagger has become entirely soured by his immortality. He doesn't like anybody. So he decided to tell them so.



* SelfImposedChallenge: He recognizes that his purpose in (eternal) life is meaningless and stupid, but he picked it as the only thing he could work up some interest in.



* {{Distaff Counterpart}}: She's slightly awkward, very ordinary, extremely British and carries a great secret of the universe around in her head but she can't remember exactly what it is. Arthur without the y chromosome, really.

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* {{Distaff Counterpart}}: She's slightly awkward, very ordinary, extremely British and carries a great secret of the universe around in her head but she can't remember exactly what it is. Arthur without the y Y chromosome, really.


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* RetGone: At the start of ''Mostly Harmless,'' she suddenly never existed.
6th Dec '16 9:25:19 PM LBHills
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: How he managed to fly. You have to invoke this intentionally but Arthur stumbled across the technique by accident.

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* AchievementsInIgnorance: How he managed to fly. You have to invoke this intentionally but In ''Life, the Universe, and Everything,'' Arthur stumbled stumbles across the technique by accident. for unassisted flight (which turns out to be principally psychological).
30th Nov '16 9:27:58 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* GreenAndMean: Vogons aren't exactly known for their kindness.
27th Oct '16 11:30:24 PM LBHills
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* WomenAreWiser: She gives the impression of having her act together even when she doesn't. She's easily the most sensible and mature person aboard the ''Heart of Gold.''

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* WomenAreWiser: She gives the impression of having her act together even when she doesn't. She's easily the most sensible and mature person aboard the ''Heart of Gold.''
'' (And there's an OverlyNarrowSuperlative if there ever was one.)
9th Oct '16 3:39:26 AM TroperBrink
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* [[spoiler: DiedLaughing]]: [[As the Earth is destroyed in Literature/MostlyHarmless.]]

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* [[spoiler: DiedLaughing]]: [[As the [[spoiler: As the Earth is destroyed in Literature/MostlyHarmless.]]
9th Oct '16 3:37:48 AM TroperBrink
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* [[spoiler: DiedLaughing]]: [[As the Earth is destroyed in Literature/MostlyHarmless.]]
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.



* HumanAlien

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* %%* HumanAlien



* {{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.]]



* {{Jerkass}}

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* %%* {{Jerkass}}



* {{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.
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