History Characters / TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy

11th Apr '17 9:54:45 PM FordPrefect
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* TinmanTypist: Marvin sometimes uses vocal commands. In the TV version he opens the black spaceship's airlock by saying "Abracadiodularservosystems". It would be hard to judge whether he would find a plug in or voice control easier. He'd certainly be depressed by either option. In the novels, on the one occasion he directly interfaced with another AI it was ''DrivenToSuicide, so it's probably justified.

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* TinmanTypist: Marvin sometimes uses vocal commands. In the TV version he opens the black spaceship's airlock by saying "Abracadiodularservosystems". It would be hard to judge whether he would find a plug in or voice control easier. He'd certainly be depressed by either option. In the novels, on the one occasion he directly interfaced with another AI it was ''DrivenToSuicide, DrivenToSuicide, so it's probably justified.
11th Apr '17 9:50:40 PM FordPrefect
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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.

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* TheBlindLeadingTheBlind: Anytime Ford tries to attempt {{Technobabble}} {{Technobabble}}, it becomes abundantly clear he knows as little (and sometimes less) about it as Arthur.Arthur, or sometimes less. One moment in the radio series had him try to explain TimeTravel with a wine bottle and a napkin.
17th Feb '17 9:35:15 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationalyNationalityChange: She's American in the TV series and the film.

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* AdaptationalyNationalityChange: AdaptationalNationality: She's American in the TV series and the film.
16th Feb '17 2:12:18 AM CumbersomeTercel
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16th Feb '17 2:12:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AntiHero: In the befuddled sense.



* {{Butt Monkey}}: Nothing ever goes his way.

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* {{Butt Monkey}}: ButtMonkey: Nothing ever goes his way.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: He was due the huge break life gave him in ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish''. Too bad it didn't stick. (Though it does in the radio version.)



* HowDoIShootWeb: When he learns to fly in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''.



* SpotOfTea: A RunningGag is his inability to get a cup of tea.



* CorruptPolitician: He is mentioned as being one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had, having already spent two years of his ten-year term in prison for fraud.



* SmallNameBigEgo: Downplayed in that he's a Big Name, Big Ego.



* AdvertisedExtra: In the radio version.



* 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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* 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. Crosses over into ServileSnarker.


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* LongLived: Played UpToEleven. By the end of ''So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish'', [[spoiler:he reveals that, thanks to time-travel, he is no less than 37 times older than the universe itself]].


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* SecondLawMyAss: Marvin is a low-grade version of this trope: he'll obey, but he won't like it, and he'll never let you forget it.
12th Feb '17 4:32:08 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* FashionDissonance: Ford wears tacky abstractions of Seventies fashion.



* {{Race Lift}}: Appears to be, or is described as, white in all versions but the film, where he is black.

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* {{Race Lift}}: PurpleEyes: For the TV version, David Dixon put in purple contacts to make his eyes look stranger. For filming, they decided his eyes looked plenty strange enough, thank you very much.
* RaceLift:
Appears to be, or is described as, white in all versions but the film, where he is black.black.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: According to the books, he is approximately two-hundred years old.
* RummageSaleReject: In the TV series, he wears a carefully clashing outfit involving a striped cricket blazer and an Argyle sweater.



* AdaptationDyeJob: Blonde in the books, dark hair in the TV series.



* {{Narcissist}}: Oh so very much:
-->"If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now."



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: According to the books, he's two-hundred years old.



* AbsoluteCleavage: Her red outfit in the TV series.
* AdaptationDyeJob: She has dark hair in the books, blonde in the TV series.
* AdaptationalyNationalityChange: She's American in the TV series and the film.



* CuteMachines: More than anything, you can't help but want to hug him.




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* TinmanTypist: Marvin sometimes uses vocal commands. In the TV version he opens the black spaceship's airlock by saying "Abracadiodularservosystems". It would be hard to judge whether he would find a plug in or voice control easier. He'd certainly be depressed by either option. In the novels, on the one occasion he directly interfaced with another AI it was ''DrivenToSuicide, so it's probably justified.



->Radio: Richard Vernon (first and second series), Richard Griffiths (fourth, fifth, and sixth); TV: Richard Vernon; Film: BillNighy

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->Radio: Richard Vernon (first and second series), Richard Griffiths Creator/RichardGriffiths (fourth, fifth, and sixth); TV: Richard Vernon; Film: BillNighy
Creator/BillNighy



* {{Wizard Classic}}: In the TV series, he looks a lot like Gandalf. While not an actual wizard, he looks and acts the part.

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* {{Wizard Classic}}: WizardClassic: In the TV series, he looks a lot like Gandalf. While not an actual wizard, he looks and acts the part.


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* CozyVoiceForCatastrophes: Particularly Peter Jones. In one particularly stressful scene in the television series, he assures the main characters' safety in advance while pleasant images appear on the screen.
31st Jan '17 12:58:15 PM Steam_Lord
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* CatchPhrase: "I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed", "Life? Don't talk to me about life." some of the first two lines he says when introduced in every continuity of [=H2H2=]. There's also his "Here I am, brain the size of a planet..." speeches.

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* CatchPhrase: "I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed", "Life? Don't talk to me about life." some of the first two lines he says when introduced in every continuity of [=H2H2=].[=H2G2=]. There's also his "Here I am, brain the size of a planet..." speeches.
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.
%%* {{Jerkass}}

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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).
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