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8th Aug '16 11:48:49 AM case
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* OverlyLongGag: In most versions, Deep Thought stalls for a good while before giving the philosophers the answer to life, the universe, and everything, knowing that they were hoping for something a little more satisfying after waiting seventy millions years for it. This is especially so in the live action miniseries.
--> '''Deep Thought''': The answer is... ''[long pause]'' you're really not going to like it.
3rd Aug '16 11:10:25 PM DavidDelony
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* RealSongThemeTune: "Journey of the Sorcerer", an instrumental by the Music/{{Eagles}} from the 1975 ''One Of These Nights" album, has served as the theme song. The original album version was used for the original radio series, but it has been rerecorded for other versions.
29th Jun '16 3:16:59 AM 06tele
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Just as they don't have sarcasm on Betelgeuse, so Zaphod doesn't appear to understand SelfDeprecation:
-->'''Zaphod''': Hey, that was smart thinking, earthman. Turning on the Infinite Improbability Drive. You just saved our lives!
-->'''Arthur''': Oh, it was nothing really.
-->'''Zaphod''': Oh, was it? Oh well, forget it then.
20th Jun '16 11:47:44 PM Eagal
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%%* GargleBlaster: The TropeNamer.

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* PuffOfLogic: The TropeNamer.

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* UnfazedEveryman: Arthur Dent, the former TropeNamer.

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* UnfazedEveryman: Arthur Dent, despite being entirely out of his depth, can be remarkably blasé about the former TropeNamer.things that happen to him.
20th Jun '16 11:45:49 PM Eagal
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* FutureImperfect: TropeNamer but not a direct example.
* GargleBlaster: The TropeNamer.

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* FutureImperfect: TropeNamer but not a direct example.
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20th Jun '16 11:44:26 PM Eagal
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* [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn Your Happy Entire Book]]: Arthur was due the huge break life gave him in ''So Long''. Too bad it didn't stick. (Though it does in the radio version.)

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* [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn Your Happy Entire Book]]: EarnYourHappyEnding: Arthur was due the huge break life gave him in ''So Long''. Too bad it didn't stick. (Though it does in the radio version.)



* TheEeyore: Marvin.

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* EarthShatteringKaboom: Planet Earth is destroyed by the Vogons. And rather spectacularly in TheMovie.
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** EarthShatteringKaboom: ...and rather spectacularly in TheMovie.
*** The first novel plays it in a very understated yet very eerie way. All it takes to destroy everything that humans ever created or wrote of (along with humanity itself) is seven words:
----> There was a terrible ghastly silence.
----> There was a terrible ghastly noise.
----> There was a terrible ghastly silence.



* FantasticFragility

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* FishOutOfWater

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* FishOutOfWaterFishOutOfWater: Arthur is a remarkably normal person in an insane and complicated galaxy.
20th Jun '16 11:41:53 PM Eagal
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* ZeroContextExample: The number 42 is an in-universe use of the trope. Since there's no question, there's no context. Without knowing what the question is there's no possible way to know what "42" actually means.
20th Jun '16 11:31:03 PM Eagal
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* TheDogWasTheMastermind / TheDogIsAnAlien: The [[spoiler:white lab mice]] were the real masters of Earth.

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* TheDogWasTheMastermind / TheDogIsAnAlien: TheDogWasTheMastermind: The [[spoiler:white lab mice]] were the real masters of Earth.



** SuddenDownerEnding: The tone of the series is comparatively quite light and comedic until this happens, so the ending seemingly comes out of nowhere (although [[RewatchBonus re-reads will reveal]] that it is heavily {{foreshadow|ing}}ed). May also qualify as a DiabolusExMachina.
** The radio series introduces a DeusExMachina that undoes some of the spoiler text. A lot of fans (perhaps even the overwhelming majority) preferred it.



* [[spoiler:SparedByTheAdaptation: Pretty much all the main characters (yes, that includes Marvin) in the Radio adaptation of ''Mostly Harmless''.]]

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* [[spoiler:SparedByTheAdaptation: SparedByTheAdaptation: Pretty much all the main characters (yes, that includes Marvin) in the Radio adaptation of ''Mostly Harmless''.]]



* '''[[SurrealHumor Surreal Humo]]''[[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} u]]''[[SurrealHumor r]]'''

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* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Marvin does this by accident, by plugging himself into a ship's computer and telling it how depressed he is. This also kills two soldiers whose life support is connected to the computer.
** He also talks a tank and a ''bridge'' to death.
*** Although the tank is a subversion, since he actually tricks it into sending itself plunging to its doom, rather than making it suicidally depressed. The bridge, however, appears to have been intentional.

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* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Marvin does this by accident, by plugging himself into a ship's computer and telling it how depressed he is. This also kills two soldiers whose life support is connected to the computer.
** He also
computer. Subverted when he talks a tank and a ''bridge'' to death.
*** Although the tank is a subversion, since he
death. He actually tricks it into sending itself plunging to its doom, rather than making it suicidally depressed. The bridge, however, appears He did succeed in talking he bridge it was on to have been intentional.death, however.



** Also, Creator/TheBBC provided a content warning when the episode involving the air attack on the Guide offices (a giant H-shaped skyscraper) was aired shortly after 9/11 - to their credit they didn't postpone the broadcast altogether.



* UnusualEuphemism: Belgium!

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* UnusualEuphemism: UnusualEuphemism:
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* VideoInsideFilmOutside: The TV series.

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* WarriorPoet: The Vogons, in a depressingly literal fashion.

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* WidgetSeries: A Western example.

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20th Jun '16 11:27:13 PM Eagal
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* TheCastShowoff: Marvin (Stephen Moore) released four songs in the U.K.--"Marvin," "Metal Man," "Marvin, I Love You" and "Reasons to Be Miserable."
20th Jun '16 11:26:54 PM Eagal
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* BlessedWithSuck / CursedWithAwesome: Marvin the Paranoid Android embodies both. He's a robot who exists entirely in a state of near suicidal depression, so being NighInvulnerable must be a horrible burden. Marvin's principal curse is that he was granted a "people personality" together with an almost limitless level of intelligence. While this may seem great on paper, it in effect meant that no task he could conceivably be given (including, at one point, solving "all of the major mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, sociological, philosophical, etymological, meteorological and psychological problems of the Universe except his own, three times over") could possibly give him any form of satisfaction. It's just one more example of the myriad ways the universe keeps kicking him in the metaphorical plums.

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* BlessedWithSuck / CursedWithAwesome: BlessedWithSuck: Marvin the Paranoid Android embodies both.both this and CursedWithAwesome. He's a robot who exists entirely in a state of near suicidal depression, so being NighInvulnerable must be a horrible burden. Marvin's principal curse is that he was granted a "people personality" together with an almost limitless level of intelligence. While this may seem great on paper, it in effect meant that no task he could conceivably be given (including, at one point, solving "all of the major mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, sociological, philosophical, etymological, meteorological and psychological problems of the Universe except his own, three times over") could possibly give him any form of satisfaction. It's just one more example of the myriad ways the universe keeps kicking him in the metaphorical plums.
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