History Franchise / TheHitchhikersGuidetotheGalaxy

31st Mar '18 9:00:48 AM dmcreif
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* RandomTransportation: The Infinite Improbability Drive causes the ship to "pass through every conceivable point in every conceivable universe almost simultaneously," meaning that you are "never sure where you'll end up or even what species you'll be when they get there" and "it's therefore important to dress accordingly".

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* RandomTransportation: The Infinite Improbability Drive causes the ship to "pass pass through every conceivable point in every conceivable universe almost simultaneously," meaning that you are "never simultaneously. In other words, you're never sure where you'll end up or even what species you'll be when they once you get there" and "it's there. It's therefore important to dress accordingly".accordingly.
7th Jan '18 5:44:31 AM passivesmoking
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* BeneathNotice: Invoked by the SEP field. Whilst it doesn't make you invisible, it does make you appear to be Somebody Else's Problem to an observer and therefore beneath notice from their perspective.
7th Jan '18 5:36:37 AM passivesmoking
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** FishOutOfTemporalWater: Arthur gets stranded on prehistoric Earth. He doesn't like it.
7th Jan '18 5:15:59 AM passivesmoking
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** Pretty much all AI encountered in the series have some sort of personality flaw. Marvin is chronically depressed, Eddie is irritatingly chirpy and cheerful, Eddie's backup personality is even more irritatingly matronly, the nutrimatic drinks dispensers are aggravatingly patronising, the doors are teeth-clenchingly smug, and so on and so forth. This even led to a Blight of the Robots on the planet Brontital.
--> '''Arthur''' Tried to take over, did they?
--> '''The Old Wise Bird''': Worse than that. They told us they ''liked'' us!
7th Jan '18 5:08:18 AM passivesmoking
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** The Total Perspective Vortex operates on exactly this principle. It reveals to any sentient being that has the misfortune to be plugged into it exactly how big the Universe is, and exactly where they are in relation to it. The mind of the victim is incapable of really grasping just how truly insignificant they really are and the victim invariable goes mad.
** Prak The Truthful was exposed to a massive overdose of a truth serum and started spouting The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth. Some of this truth was so disturbing that witnesses had to leave because they believed they'd go mad if they heard too much. As for Prak himself all he could remember of it was that the best bits were about frogs. Meeting Arthur Dent sent him into mad fits of giggling as he found him to be even funnier than the frogs were. [[spoiler: Eventually the laughter got so bad that it killed him]]

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** The Total Perspective Vortex operates on exactly this principle. It reveals to any sentient being that has the misfortune to be plugged into it exactly how big the Universe is, and exactly where they are in relation to it. The mind of the victim is incapable of really grasping just how truly insignificant they really are and the victim invariable invariably goes mad.
** Prak The Truthful was exposed to a massive overdose of a truth serum [[TruthSerums Truth Serum]] and started spouting The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth. Some of this truth was so disturbing that witnesses had to leave because they believed they'd go mad if they heard too much. As for Prak himself all he could remember of it was that the best bits were about frogs. Meeting Arthur Dent sent him into mad fits of giggling as he found him to be even funnier than the frogs were. [[spoiler: Eventually the laughter got so bad that it killed him]]



** Wonko The Sane is a subversion. His revelation was the instructions included in a packet of toothpicks. He realised upon reading this that his only hope of avoiding madness was to disengage with the society that was no so far gone it needed to include instructions with packets of toothpicks. As such he built an inside-out house and named it ''Outside the Asylum'' so he could put the world "in" it. While Wonko's behaviour is definitely eccentric and he could be suffering from clinical depression over [[spoiler: the disappearance of the dolphins]] his behaviour is actually perfectly sane.

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** Wonko The Sane is a subversion. His revelation was the instructions included in a packet of toothpicks. He realised upon reading this that his only hope of avoiding madness was to disengage with the society that was no now so far gone it needed to include instructions with packets of toothpicks. As such he built an inside-out house and named it ''Outside the Asylum'' so he could put the world "in" it. While Wonko's behaviour is definitely eccentric and he could be suffering from clinical depression over [[spoiler: the disappearance of the dolphins]] his behaviour is actually perfectly sane.
** Inverted with the Ultimate Question. There is a concerted effort to keep the Question suppressed on the grounds that if it ever became public knowledge the Universe would "go sane from the revelation" and there would therefore no longer be any need for psychoanalysis, and all the therapists would be out of work.
*** Having said that, Prak claims that the Question and the Answer can't both be known at the same time in the same universe, otherwise they would annihilate each other and take the Universe with them, leaving something even more bizarre and incomprehensible in its place. It is possible that this has in fact already happened (but there is a certain amount of uncertainty about it)
7th Jan '18 5:01:46 AM passivesmoking
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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Happens quite a lot, actually.
** The Total Perspective Vortex operates on exactly this principle. It reveals to any sentient being that has the misfortune to be plugged into it exactly how big the Universe is, and exactly where they are in relation to it. The mind of the victim is incapable of really grasping just how truly insignificant they really are and the victim invariable goes mad.
** Prak The Truthful was exposed to a massive overdose of a truth serum and started spouting The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth. Some of this truth was so disturbing that witnesses had to leave because they believed they'd go mad if they heard too much. As for Prak himself all he could remember of it was that the best bits were about frogs. Meeting Arthur Dent sent him into mad fits of giggling as he found him to be even funnier than the frogs were. [[spoiler: Eventually the laughter got so bad that it killed him]]
** The Pan-Galactic GargleBlaster can have this effect. One case mentioned in the Guide is that of Veet Voojagig, a promising scientist who went on a bender with Zaphod Beeblebrox and ended up becoming obsessed with disposable ball-point pens.
** Wonko The Sane is a subversion. His revelation was the instructions included in a packet of toothpicks. He realised upon reading this that his only hope of avoiding madness was to disengage with the society that was no so far gone it needed to include instructions with packets of toothpicks. As such he built an inside-out house and named it ''Outside the Asylum'' so he could put the world "in" it. While Wonko's behaviour is definitely eccentric and he could be suffering from clinical depression over [[spoiler: the disappearance of the dolphins]] his behaviour is actually perfectly sane.
23rd Dec '17 7:46:26 PM nombretomado
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Next came the book series, ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', probably the best-known version. Originally, it adapted the plots from the radio series, but took off afterwards, becoming five novels in all. The third book was entirely based on a rejected story idea for ''Series/DoctorWho'', and one canon short story about Ronald Reagan was separately published without the name "Reagan" in it and made no sense as a result. The novels vary widely in tone and subject matter, and ''Mostly Harmless'' in particular didn't seem to please anyone, [[CreatorBacklash even its own author]]. Adams said near the end of his life that he wanted to do a sixth book which might round things out more nicely, but this was [[AuthorExistenceFailure cut short by his sudden death]]. Specifically, he was believed to have been [[ReTool retooling]] an in-progress ''Literature/DirkGently'' novel into a new Hitchhiker's story; a few reconstructed chapters were published as part of the ''Salmon Of Doubt'' anthology book. A sixth book by EoinColfer, entitled ''And Another Thing...'' (not to be confused by [[AndAnotherThing a character dispensing important info just as they're about to leave]]) was published on October 12, 2009.

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Next came the book series, ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', probably the best-known version. Originally, it adapted the plots from the radio series, but took off afterwards, becoming five novels in all. The third book was entirely based on a rejected story idea for ''Series/DoctorWho'', and one canon short story about Ronald Reagan was separately published without the name "Reagan" in it and made no sense as a result. The novels vary widely in tone and subject matter, and ''Mostly Harmless'' in particular didn't seem to please anyone, [[CreatorBacklash even its own author]]. Adams said near the end of his life that he wanted to do a sixth book which might round things out more nicely, but this was [[AuthorExistenceFailure cut short by his sudden death]]. Specifically, he was believed to have been [[ReTool retooling]] an in-progress ''Literature/DirkGently'' novel into a new Hitchhiker's story; a few reconstructed chapters were published as part of the ''Salmon Of Doubt'' anthology book. A sixth book by EoinColfer, Creator/EoinColfer, entitled ''And Another Thing...'' (not to be confused by [[AndAnotherThing a character dispensing important info just as they're about to leave]]) was published on October 12, 2009.
25th Aug '17 10:59:40 PM Skyblade743
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** [[Spoiler:Agrajag]] in ''Life, the Universe and Everything''

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** [[Spoiler:Agrajag]] [[spoiler:Agrajag]] in ''Life, the Universe and Everything''
25th Aug '17 10:58:38 PM Skyblade743
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* BarredFromTheAfterlife: Arthur Dent mentions that he used to have a recurring nightmare where he died and there was a bureaucratic error: all his friends went to heaven or hell, but Arthur got sent to Southend.

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* BarredFromTheAfterlife: Arthur BarredFromTheAfterlife:
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Dent mentions that he used to have a recurring nightmare where he died and there was a bureaucratic error: all his friends went to heaven or hell, but Arthur got sent to Southend. Southend.
**[[Spoiler:Agrajag]] in ''Life, the Universe and Everything''
19th Aug '17 3:54:58 PM Blued
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To boil it down to the essentials, Arthur Dent, a fairly normal if reckless Earthling, wakes up one Thursday and, after a series of confusing events, is spirited away from Earth by his friend, Ford Prefect, right before [[EarthShatteringKaboom the planet is destroyed]]. He then hooks up with Zaphod Beeblebrox, former President of the Galaxy, current fugitive, and all-around cool guy; Marvin the Paranoid Android, a sarcastic and chronically depressed AI; and Tricia [=McMillan=], AKA Trillian, TheChick and the only other human being left. Zaphod is on a quest to find The Truth, and everyone else gets pulled along for the ride.

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To boil it down to the essentials, Arthur Dent, a fairly normal if reckless rather feckless Earthling, wakes up one Thursday and, after a series of confusing events, is spirited away from Earth by his friend, Ford Prefect, right before [[EarthShatteringKaboom the planet is destroyed]]. He then hooks up with Zaphod Beeblebrox, former President of the Galaxy, current fugitive, and all-around cool guy; Marvin the Paranoid Android, a sarcastic and chronically depressed AI; and Tricia [=McMillan=], AKA Trillian, TheChick and the only other human being left. Zaphod is on a quest to find The Truth, and everyone else gets pulled along for the ride.
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