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--> Arthur: Why? Do you have some kind of alien technology for measuring the age of metal?

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--> Arthur: Why? Do Have you have got some kind of alien technology exotic device for measuring the age of metal?
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* EyeLightsOut: [[spoiler: Marvin in ''So Long And Thanks For All The Fish''.]]
* FamousAncestor: Mr. Prosser is, humorously, a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. ''And Another Thing'' adds another that is the descendant of the Norse hero Sigurd. Needless to say, he becomes obsessed with Thor once he lands on Nano.

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* EyeLightsOut: [[spoiler: Marvin in ''So Long And Long, and Thanks For for All The the Fish''.]]
* FamousAncestor: Mr. Prosser is, humorously, a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. ''And ''...And Another Thing'' adds another that is the descendant of the Norse hero Sigurd. Needless to say, he becomes obsessed with Thor once he lands on Nano.



* SapientCetaceans: In this series humans are stated to be actually only the third most intelligent creatures on Earth. The first [[spoiler:is mice. But then, they are hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who are actually running the Earth, which is a giant computer program]], and the second is explicitly stated to be dolphins (who aren't in disguise and are still ahead of humans), and who knew about the impending destruction of Earth long before the humans themselves knew about it. The dolphins tried to warn them, but when the humans didn't understand, they left the planet quietly by their own means. Their last message is, "So long and thanks for all the fish," and this all becomes important in the book ''So Long and Thanks for All the Fish''. At the end of ''So Long and Thanks for All the Fish'', it's all but stated outright that the Dolphins were responsible for restoring Earth.

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* SapientCetaceans: In this series humans are stated to be actually only the third most intelligent creatures on Earth. The first [[spoiler:is mice. But then, they are hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who are actually running the Earth, which is a giant computer program]], and the second is explicitly stated to be dolphins (who aren't in disguise and are still ahead of humans), and who knew about the impending destruction of Earth long before the humans themselves knew about it. The dolphins tried to warn them, but when the humans didn't understand, they left the planet quietly by their own means. Their last message is, "So long long, and thanks for all the fish," and this all becomes important in the book ''So Long Long, and Thanks for All the Fish''. At the end of ''So Long Long, and Thanks for All the Fish'', it's all but stated outright that the Dolphins were responsible for restoring Earth.



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent / OutOfGenreExperience / MoodWhiplash: ''So Long And Thanks For All The Fish'' is radically different in story and tone from the other books in the series.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent / OutOfGenreExperience / MoodWhiplash: ''So Long And Long, and Thanks For for All The the Fish'' is radically different in story and tone from the other books in the series.



** The Infinite Improbablity Drive is created by putting an atomic vector plotter into a source of brownian motion, which happens to be a "nice hot cup of tea."

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** The Infinite Improbablity Drive is created by putting an atomic vector plotter into a source of brownian Brownian motion, which happens to be a "nice hot cup of tea."
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** 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.

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** 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).{{foreshadow|ing}}ed). May also qualify as a DiabolusExMachina.



** One of the first things mentioned in the books and miniseries is the blockbuster philosophical trilogy "Where God Went Wrong", "Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes", and "Who Is This God Person Anyway?"
*** The author of these books was Oolon Coluphid, who went on to write "Well, That About Wraps It Up For God" when it was shown that the Babel Fish proved by its sole existence by chance that God does not exist. However, it is noted that most theologians consider this a load of dingoes' kidneys.

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** One of the first things mentioned in the books and miniseries is the blockbuster philosophical trilogy "Where ''Where God Went Wrong", "Some Wrong'', ''Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes", Mistakes'', and "Who ''Who Is This God Person Anyway?"
Anyway?''
*** The author of these books was Oolon Coluphid, who went on to write "Well, ''Well, That About Wraps It Up For God" for God'' when it was shown that the Babel Fish proved by its sole existence by chance that God does not exist. However, it is noted that most theologians consider this a load of dingoes' kidneys.



** Several versions of the story mention that it has been theorized that if anyone were to learn both the Answer and the Question so that it makes sense, the universe will promptly disappear and be replaced with something that makes even less sense. (A corollary to this theory states that this has already happened at least once.)
** The footnotes of the original radio scripts notes that a letter in The New Scientist points out that 42 is the atomic number for Molybdenum, a chemical thought to have been instrumental in the creation of organic life.

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** Several versions of the story mention that it has been theorized that if anyone were to learn both the Answer and the Question so that it makes sense, the universe will promptly disappear and be replaced with something that makes even less sense. (A corollary to this theory states that this has already happened at least once.)
) It is also heavily implied that the first theory is true, and the second one very well may be.
** The footnotes of the original radio scripts notes that a letter in The ''The New Scientist Scientist'' points out that 42 is the atomic number for Molybdenum, a chemical thought to have been instrumental in the creation of organic life.



* HandWave

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* HandWaveHandWave: Done everywhere, and, of course, always PlayedForLaughs.



* HumanAliens

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* HumanAliensHumanAliens: Due to Adams' rather sparse usage of description, a reader often gets the impression that most of the aliens encountered in the series are this, or RubberForeheadAliens at most. Definitely averted with the Vogons, though, who are clearly demonstrated not to be.



** It's certainly viewed as this for the most part. The in universe Hitchhikers Guide, which has an entire chapter devoted to towels, has a two word entry for Earth - "Mostly Harmless" - and this is an ''update'' after a decade of research, the previous entry was simply "Harmless."

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** It's certainly viewed as this for the most part. The in universe Hitchhikers Guide, ''Hitchhiker's Guide'', which has an entire chapter devoted to towels, has a two word entry for Earth - "Mostly Harmless" - and this is an ''update'' after a decade of research, research; the previous entry was simply "Harmless."" (This isn't Ford's fault; he wrote a lot more text, but the editors deleted it. [[spoiler:The restoration of the text clues the characters in that the Earth has been restored]].)



* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: Arthur is the only man to escape Earth before it's destroyed, and who should he run into almost immediately, in all the galaxy, than the only ''woman'' to escape Earth, ''and'' it turned out to be someone he'd met. Of course, this was due to the intervention of a spaceship powered by improbability, and the ship computer even suggests it's all interconnected.

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* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: Arthur is the only man to escape Earth before it's destroyed, and who should he run into almost immediately, in all the galaxy, than the only ''woman'' to escape Earth, ''and'' it turned out to be someone he'd met. Of course, this was due to the intervention of a spaceship powered by improbability, and the ship computer even suggests it's all interconnected.interconnected, so it's a JustifiedTrope.



** This is also the principle that the Somebody Else's Problem field runs on, it takes advantage of the fact that people will normally just ignore anything they weren't expecting, can't explain, or don't want to worry about.
* KillEmAll

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** This is also the principle that the Somebody Else's Problem field runs on, on; it takes advantage of the fact that people will normally just ignore anything they weren't expecting, can't explain, or don't want to worry about.
* KillEmAllKillEmAll: [[spoiler:The ending of the book version of ''Mostly Harmless''. The radio adaptation spares the main characters through a DeusExMachina]].



** The print version pretty much portray Zaphod this way as well. It's even more obvious when you know that when Douglas Adams wrote the original radio play, he based the character of Zaphod on similar characters played by actor Mark Wing-Davey, who played Zaphod in the radio show and television series. LargeHam is a quintessential part of Zaphod's nature.
** Valentine Dyall's portrayal Deep Thought. A multi dimensional super-computer is able to take hamminess to levels that are not normally physically possible.

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** The print version pretty much portray portrays Zaphod this way as well. It's even more obvious when you know that when Douglas Adams wrote the original radio play, he based the character of Zaphod on similar characters played by actor Mark Wing-Davey, who played Zaphod in the radio show and television series. LargeHam is a quintessential part of Zaphod's nature.
** Valentine Dyall's portrayal of Deep Thought. A multi dimensional super-computer is able to take hamminess to levels that are not normally physically possible.



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

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



* MechanisticAlienCulture: The Vogons are not-so little Green Men whose overly bureaucratized society, like the Hierarchy in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', may be taken as a parody or a deconstruction of this trope, with the over-bureaucratization standing in for over-mechanization.

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* MechanisticAlienCulture: The Vogons are not-so little not-so-little Green Men whose overly bureaucratized society, like the Hierarchy in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', may be taken as a parody or a deconstruction of this trope, with the over-bureaucratization standing in for over-mechanization.



** The entire population of the planet Krikket who are described as being charming, delightful, intelligent, whimsical homicidal maniacs. They almost wipe out the universe without realising that doing so would take them with it. [[spoiler: The fact of the matter is that they're really just patsies for Hactar, the OmnicidalManiac who is pulling their strings]]
* MileHighClub: Arthur and Fenchurch, sans plane.

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** The entire population of the planet Krikket Krikkit who are described as being charming, delightful, intelligent, whimsical homicidal maniacs. They almost wipe out the universe without realising that doing so would take them with it. [[spoiler: The fact of the matter is that they're really just patsies for Hactar, the OmnicidalManiac who is pulling their strings]]
strings]].
* MileHighClub: Arthur and Fenchurch, [[LookMaNoPlane sans plane.plane]].



* MonkeysOnATypewriter: As a result of the Infinite Improbability Drive, Ford and Arthur get approached by "an infinite number of monkeys who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they've worked out."

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* MonkeysOnATypewriter: As a result of the Infinite Improbability Drive, Ford and Arthur get approached by "an infinite number of monkeys who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' they've worked out."



* MundaneMadeAwesome: In the fifth book, Arthur is practically worshiped as a god for his incredible skills at... making sandwiches.
* NobodyPoops: Lampshaded in the new radio series adaptation of Life, The Universe, and Everything. "You know, in all this time I have never once [[SoundEffectBleep ''flush'']]".

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: In the fifth book, Arthur is practically worshiped worshipped as a god for his incredible skills at... making sandwiches.
* NobodyPoops: Lampshaded in the new radio series adaptation of Life, The Universe, ''Life, the Universe and Everything.Everything''. "You know, in all this time I have never once [[SoundEffectBleep ''flush'']]".



** Ford calls him The Paranoid Android in the Restaurant At The End Of The Universe segment when Marvin calls the group from the restaurant car park. Zaphod calls Marvin that before he and the others venture onto Magrathea's surface.
* NoodleImplements: Twice in the book series: Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged became that way due to an accident involving a particle accelerator, a liquid lunch, and a pair of rubber bands. The other was due to an incident with a time machine and a contraceptive, maybe

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** Ford calls him The the Paranoid Android in the ''The Restaurant At The at the End Of The Universe of the Universe'' segment when Marvin calls the group from the restaurant car park. Zaphod calls Marvin that before he and the others venture onto Magrathea's surface.
* NoodleImplements: Twice in the book series: Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged became that way due to an accident involving a particle accelerator, a liquid lunch, and a pair of rubber bands. The other was due to an incident with a time machine and a contraceptive, maybemaybe.



*** Fenchurch's discarded underwear were also noodle implements in their own right as they massively changed lives for reasons not gone into.

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*** Fenchurch's discarded underwear undergarments and dress were also noodle implements in their own right as they massively changed three different lives for reasons not gone into.



* OminousFloatingSpaceship

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* OminousFloatingSpaceshipOminousFloatingSpaceship: The Vogon Constructor Fleet.



* PardonMyKlingon: Apparently, "Belgium" is the most offensive word in the entire galaxy.

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* PardonMyKlingon: Apparently, "Belgium" is the most offensive word in the entire galaxy. There are other examples as well, such as "zark", "joojooflop", "swut", "turlingdrome", and so on, but "Belgium" is the worst of them.



* PrecisionFStrike: In ''So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish'' and ''Mostly Harmless''.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Trillian in the movie. In the novels, the relationship between Trillian and Arthur is somewhat schizoid -- Arthur had a chance with her at one point before she became involved with Zaphod, but they get {{Ship Tease}}d in ''Life, the Universe, and Everything'', get [[ShipSinking sunk]] in ''So Long and Thanks For All the Fish'' when Arthur hooks up with Fenchurch, and actually have a daughter together (via sperm bank) in ''Mostly Harmless''.

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* PrecisionFStrike: In ''So Long, And and Thanks For for All The the Fish'' and ''Mostly Harmless''.
Harmless''. Also the U.K. version of ''Life, the Universe and Everything'' (though a lot of readers prefer the censored version, because it adds more jokes, like "Belgium" being the worst obscenity in the galaxy).
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Trillian in the movie. In the novels, the relationship between Trillian and Arthur is somewhat schizoid -- Arthur had a chance with her at one point before she became involved with Zaphod, but they get {{Ship Tease}}d in ''Life, the Universe, Universe and Everything'', get [[ShipSinking sunk]] in ''So Long Long, and Thanks For for All the Fish'' when Arthur hooks up with Fenchurch, and actually have a daughter together (via sperm bank) in ''Mostly Harmless''.



* RealityBreakingParadox: The second book states a theory which basically says that if anyone finds out the meaning of life, then the universe will end and reboot as something even harder to explain. (Another theory says that this may have happened.) ''Life, The Universe, And Everything'' later [[HandWave handwaves]] away The Ultimate Question and Answer Of Life, The Universe, And Everything as causing such an event if anyone found out both.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: The whole point of the Golgafrinchum B Ark. The Golgafrinchums planned to get rid of their useless third of the population (telephone sanitizers, television executives, hairdressers, etc.) by putting them all on a ship, telling them their home planet was doomed, and programmed coordinates to a random prehistoric planet and the ship to crash land there. It worked out well, except everyone left on Golgafrinchum was [[KarmicDeath killed by a disease picked up from a dirty telephone.]]
* RelativelyFlimsyExcuse: The radio series has a subversion of the 'this autograph isn't for me' variant: "It's not for my daughter, you understand, it's for me." (It turns out to be a ruse to get Zaphod's signature on a contract he'd never have signed voluntarily.)

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* RealityBreakingParadox: The second book states a theory which basically says that if anyone finds out the meaning of life, then the universe will end and reboot as something even harder to explain. (Another theory says that this may have happened.) ''Life, The Universe, And the Universe and Everything'' later [[HandWave handwaves]] {{Hand Wave}}s away The the Ultimate Question and Answer Of of Life, The Universe, And the Universe and Everything as causing such an event if anyone found out both.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: The whole point of the Golgafrinchum Golgafrinchan B Ark. The Golgafrinchums Golgafrinchans planned to get rid of their useless third of the population (telephone sanitizers, television executives, hairdressers, etc.) by putting them all on a ship, telling them their home planet was doomed, and programmed programming coordinates to a random prehistoric planet planet, and causing the ship to crash land there. It worked out well, except everyone left on Golgafrinchum Golgafrincham was [[KarmicDeath killed by a disease picked up from a dirty telephone.]]
* RelativelyFlimsyExcuse: The radio series has a subversion of the 'this autograph isn't for me' variant: "It's not for my daughter, you understand, understand; it's for me." (It turns out to be a ruse to get Zaphod's signature on a contract he'd never have signed voluntarily.)



* SealedEvilInACan: The Galactic government sealed away the entire planet of Krikkit, along with its sun - although 'evil' is a strong word for their BlueAndOrangeMorality.

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* SealedEvilInACan: The Galactic government sealed away the entire planet of Krikkit, along with its sun - although 'evil' is a strong word for their BlueAndOrangeMorality. [[spoiler:Especially since they were being manipulated by Hactar in the first place, and when everything becomes apparent to them, they turn out to be quite nice.]]



* ShootTheShaggyDog: ''So Long and Thanks for All the Fish''. Not the book itself, which has the happiest ending of any in the series, but what ''Mostly Harmless'', the next book in the series, [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome did to this happy 'ending'...]]
* ShoutOut: There are several to singers like Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/DavidBowie, not to mention the not even remotely subtle hints that ElvisHasLeftThePlanet. There's also the question "How many roads must a man walk down?", which is proposed as a potential Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (who proposes it varies depending upon the adaptation, but [[spoiler:the mice]] generally settle on this as an acceptable replacement for the actual question). There are, of course, many, many more.

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: ''So Long Long, and Thanks for All the Fish''. Not the book itself, which has the happiest ending of any in the series, but what ''Mostly Harmless'', the next book in the series, [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome did to this happy 'ending'...]]
* ShoutOut: There are several to singers like Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/DavidBowie, not to mention the not even remotely subtle hints that ElvisHasLeftThePlanet. There's also the question "How "[[Music/TheFreewheelinBobDylan How many roads must a man walk down?", down?]]", which is proposed as a potential Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (who (the person who proposes it varies depending upon the adaptation, but [[spoiler:the mice]] generally settle on this as an acceptable replacement for the actual question). There are, of course, many, many more.
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* AbsoluteXenophobe: The Krikkiters, who on becoming aware that there was a universe outside their dust cloud decided that it all had to go.

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* AbsoluteXenophobe: The Krikkiters, who on who, upon becoming aware that there was a universe outside their dust cloud cloud, decided that it all had to go.



* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Big Bang Burger Bar
** Except it's called The Big Bang Burger Chef in the radio series.

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The Big Bang Burger Bar
Bar.
** Except Note that it's called The Big Bang Burger Chef in the radio series.



* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:Hactar]].



** The Mice aliens in that they commissioned the Earth to be built (long story), and the dolphins are aliens in that they left the planet before it was destroyed. They even left a laser engraved fishbowl that gave us the title of the fourth book as a parting gift.

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** The Mice mice are aliens in that they commissioned the Earth to be built (long story), and the dolphins are aliens in that they left the planet before it was destroyed. They even left a laser engraved fishbowl that gave us the title of the fourth book as a parting gift.



* BatmanGambit: In ''Life, The Universe and Everything'' [[spoiler: Hactar takes advantage of his apparent failure to trick the people of Krikkit into destroying the universe to instead plant the real supernova bomb on Arthur and manipulate him into nearly doing so.]]

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* BatmanGambit: In ''Life, The the Universe and Everything'' [[spoiler: Hactar takes advantage of his apparent failure to trick the people of Krikkit into destroying the universe to instead plant the real supernova bomb on Arthur and manipulate him into nearly doing so.so. If Arthur weren't the world's worst cricked bowler, he may have succeeded.]]



** He does the same thing to the Krikkit robots in ''Life, The Universe, and Everything'' when the Masters of Krikkit salvage him and put his massive intellect to work coordinating their military strategy. The result was war robots who would go off and sulk and start doing quadratic equations instead of their job.

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** He does the same thing to the Krikkit robots in ''Life, The Universe, the Universe and Everything'' when the Masters of Krikkit salvage him and put his massive intellect to work coordinating their military strategy. The result was war robots who would go off and sulk and start doing quadratic equations instead of their job.



** Also, the third and fourth novel each retroactively create brick jokes out of what had originally been intended as unexplained throwaway lines: the third novel reveals the truth about the bowl of petunias that thought "Oh no, not again!", and the fourth re-introduces the girl from the cafe in Rickmansworth who was mentioned way back at the beginning of the series.
** Not to mention the aside about living mattresses toward the beginning of the first book; eventually in ''Life, the Universe, and Everything'' we finally see one alive.

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** Also, the third and fourth novel each retroactively create brick jokes out of what had originally been intended as unexplained throwaway lines: the third novel reveals the truth about the bowl of petunias that thought "Oh no, not again!", "OhNoNotAgain", and the fourth re-introduces the girl from the cafe café in Rickmansworth who was mentioned way back at the beginning of the series.
** Not to mention the aside about living mattresses toward the beginning of the first book; eventually in ''Life, the Universe, Universe and Everything'' we finally see one alive.



* TheCastShowoff: Marvin (Stephen Moore) released four songs in the U.K.--"Marvin," "Metal Man," "Marvin, I Love You" and "Reasons To Be Miserable."

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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 to Be Miserable."



* CityOfWeirdos: Periodically played for laughs, most notably when the Guide advises aliens visiting Earth to land in New York, since it requires no effort to fit in.

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* CityOfWeirdos: Periodically played for laughs, most notably when the Guide advises aliens visiting Earth to land in New York, since it requires no effort to fit in. San Francisco gets a bit of this too.



** Zaphod 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.

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



** The planet Nowwhat in ''Mostly Harmless''.

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** The planet Nowwhat [=NowWhat=] in ''Mostly Harmless''.



** The Ford Prefect was a small car Ford designed and manufactured in England, sold in America only in tiny numbers as a specialty import and unknown to all but car-trivia buffs by the '70s. Adams regularly commented on how Americans were completely unaware of a joke they weren't getting.

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** The Ford Prefect was a small car Ford designed and manufactured in England, sold in America only in tiny numbers as a specialty import and unknown to all but car-trivia buffs by the '70s.TheSeventies. Adams regularly commented on how Americans were completely unaware of a joke they weren't getting.



*** Cosmologist Carl Sagan once speculated that any alien observing Earth from orbit would come to the conclusion that the dominant life-form has wheels. Human beings are their lesser symbionts who do everything for their wheeled masters, cleaning them, feding them, maintaining them, and at great time and labour, constructing their massive migration pathways and rendering their going smooth. The whole thing about the Ford Prefect is homage to Sagan.

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*** Cosmologist Carl Sagan Creator/CarlSagan once speculated that any alien observing Earth from orbit would come to the conclusion that the dominant life-form has wheels. Human beings are their lesser symbionts who do everything for their wheeled masters, cleaning them, feding them, maintaining them, and at great time and labour, constructing their massive migration pathways and rendering their going smooth. The whole thing about the Ford Prefect is homage to Sagan.



* DownerEnding: The end of [[spoiler:Mostly Harmless. [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Earth Explodes, Everyone Dies]], and not only are they dead, but they've been removed from the timeline and have ceased to have ever existed in any possible timeline]]. See CreatorBreakdown.
** The radio series introduces a DeusExMachina that undoes some of this. A lot of fans preferred it.

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* DownerEnding: The end of [[spoiler:Mostly Harmless.[[spoiler:''Mostly Harmless''. [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Earth Explodes, Everyone Dies]], and not only are they dead, but they've been removed from the timeline and have ceased to have ever existed in any possible timeline]]. See CreatorBreakdown.
** 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 this. the spoiler text. A lot of fans (perhaps even the overwhelming majority) preferred it.



** An odd example of this trope. While the Earth is important to the mices' plans, what ''are'' those plans? To go on the talk show circuit and get rich. The only version of the Ultimate Question we learn is nonsense. When another character learned universal Truth by another method, it [[GoMadFromTheRevelation drives some people mad]], but has more to do with frogs than universal epiphanies and isn't mentioned again in any of the following books. There is a Ruler of the Universe, and he doesn't live on Earth. All things considered, Earth is more important to the universe in this series than it seems in RealLife, but it's still an absurd, farcical, nearly [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] universe full of [[ShaggyDogStory Shaggy Dog Stories]], so nothing is all that important.

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** An odd example of this trope. While the Earth is important to the mices' mice's plans, what ''are'' those plans? To go on the talk show circuit and get rich. The only version of the Ultimate Question we learn is nonsense. When another character learned universal Truth by another method, it [[GoMadFromTheRevelation drives some people mad]], but has more to do with frogs than universal epiphanies and isn't mentioned again in any of the following books. There is a Ruler of the Universe, and he doesn't live on Earth. All things considered, Earth is more important to the universe in this series than it seems in RealLife, but it's still an absurd, farcical, nearly [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] universe full of [[ShaggyDogStory Shaggy Dog Stories]], so nothing is all that important.



* ElvisHasLeftThePlanet: heavily implied by a scene in ''Mostly Harmless''.
* ElvisLives

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* ElvisHasLeftThePlanet: heavily Heavily implied by a scene in ''Mostly Harmless''.
* ElvisLivesElvisLives: Also heavily implied by the same scene.



* EncyclopediaExposita: Not only are there lengthy excerpts from Guide articles, the radio series, television series, and TheMovie make it plain that the story is being told by the Guide itself.

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* EncyclopediaExposita: Not only are there lengthy excerpts from Guide ''Guide'' articles, but the radio series, television series, and TheMovie make it plain that the story is being told by the Guide ''Guide'' itself.



** Lampshaded in advance by the barkeep at the pub from which Ford and Arthur have just left.

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** Lampshaded {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in advance by the barkeep at the pub from which Ford and Arthur have just left.



* ShinyLookingSpaceships: The Heart Of Gold, which makes sense because Zaphod steals it just as it is being christened.

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* ShinyLookingSpaceships: The Heart Of of Gold, which makes sense because Zaphod steals it just as it is being christened.



* ShootTheShaggyDog: ''So Long And Thanks For All The Fish''. Not the book itself which has the happiest ending of any in the series, but what ''Mostly Harmless'', the next book in the series, [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome did to this happy 'ending'...]]
* SillyReasonForWar: The war between the G'Gugvuntts and Vl'hurgs is trigered by Arthur uttering "I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle" which in the Vl'hurg tongue is the most dreadful insult imaginable. The words bizarrely reached their ears and this left them no choice but to declare war on the G'Gugvuntts, which went on for a few thousand years and decimated their entire galaxy. They eventually learn the origin of the misunderstanding and [[EnemyMine join forces against the Milky Way]] but their invasion fleet is swallowed by a little dog.

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: ''So Long And and Thanks For for All The the Fish''. Not the book itself itself, which has the happiest ending of any in the series, but what ''Mostly Harmless'', the next book in the series, [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome did to this happy 'ending'...]]
* ShoutOut: There are several to singers like Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/DavidBowie, not to mention the not even remotely subtle hints that ElvisHasLeftThePlanet. There's also the question "How many roads must a man walk down?", which is proposed as a potential Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (who proposes it varies depending upon the adaptation, but [[spoiler:the mice]] generally settle on this as an acceptable replacement for the actual question). There are, of course, many, many more.
* SillyReasonForWar: The war between the G'Gugvuntts and Vl'hurgs is trigered by Arthur uttering "I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle" which in the Vl'hurg tongue is the most dreadful insult imaginable. The words bizarrely reached their ears and this left them no choice but to declare war on the G'Gugvuntts, which went on for a few thousand years and decimated their entire galaxy. They eventually learn the origin of the misunderstanding and [[EnemyMine join forces against the Milky Way]] but "due to a terrible miscalculation of scale" their entire invasion fleet is accidentally swallowed by a little dog.



* SoundEffectBleep: In the radio version of ''Life, The Universe And Everything'', "Most Gratuitous Use of the Word * engine roar* in a Serious Screenplay".
* SoundToScreenAdaptation

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* SoundEffectBleep: In the radio version of ''Life, The the Universe And and Everything'', "Most Gratuitous Use of the Word * engine roar* in a Serious Screenplay".
* SoundToScreenAdaptationSoundToScreenAdaptation: As mentioned above, was initially a radio series before being adapted as novels. Inverted when some of the later radio episodes wound up being based on books, and then {{subverted}} (or is it DoubleSubverted?) when the adaptation of ''Mostly Harmless'' got [[spoiler:a DeusExMachina to counteract the SuddenDownerEnding of the book]].



* SuckinessIsPainful: Vogon Poetry is the third worst poetry in the Universe.

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* SuckinessIsPainful: Vogon Poetry poetry is of course the third worst poetry in the Universe.Universe. The second example is even more hilariously painful, and the first thankfully perished with its creator in the EarthShatteringKaboom that opens the plot.



** "Literature/YoungZaphodPlaysItSafe" is mostly a That That to UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan. How subtle it is depends upon the version; there's one that simply name-drops one of his speeches (which would qualify as ViewersAreGeniuses for younger viewers who aren't deeply conversant with the politics of TheEighties) and another version apparently outright names him. It's saved from being too over-the-top by Adams' whimsical humour, of course.



* TimeTravel: including Arthur and Ford being sent back to prehistoric Earth, and things getting really, really messed up by the time we get to ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'' (which results in a really, really messed up Random).

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* TimeTravel: including Including Arthur and Ford being sent back to prehistoric Earth, and things getting really, really messed up by the time we get to ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'' (which results in a really, really messed up Random).



* TimeyWimeyBall: since the whole TimeTravel thing (and indeed pretty much every other sci-fi concept) is played for laughs, don't expect consistency. This is lampshaded and played with constantly.

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* TimeyWimeyBall: since Since the whole TimeTravel thing (and indeed pretty much every other sci-fi concept) is played for laughs, don't expect consistency. This is lampshaded {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and played with PlayedWith constantly.
21st Apr '16 12:42:22 AM PaulA
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** And the throwaway line about Arthur wishing he had a daughter so he could forbid her from marrying a Vogon, and [BeCarefuWhatYouWishFor then ending up with Random]]. Only the stage adaption of (ostensibly) the radio series really deals with it as such, though.

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** And the throwaway line about Arthur wishing he had a daughter so he could forbid her from marrying a Vogon, and [BeCarefuWhatYouWishFor [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor then ending up with Random]]. Only the stage adaption of (ostensibly) the radio series really deals with it as such, though.



** The Secondary Phase of the radio series does this to Trillian, explaining she's in an ArrangedMarrage in some distant part of the galaxy.

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** The Secondary Phase of the radio series does this to Trillian, explaining she's in an ArrangedMarrage ArrangedMarriage in some distant part of the galaxy.
21st Apr '16 12:41:35 AM PaulA
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The books, in order, are:
[[index]]
# ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1''
# ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse''
# ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''
# ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish''
# "Literature/YoungZaphodPlaysItSafe" (short story)
# ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''
# ''Literature/AndAnotherThing''
[[/index]]


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!!Various versions and components of the franchise include:
[[index]]
* ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (radio)
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (novels)
** ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1''
** ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse''
** ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''
** ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish''
** "Literature/YoungZaphodPlaysItSafe" (short story)
** ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''
** ''Literature/AndAnotherThing''
* ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (TV series)
* ''VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (game)
* ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (film)
[[/index]]
3rd Dec '15 12:04:01 PM MrInitialMan
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* RareMoney: The Triganic Pu. There are eight Ningis to one Pu, but since a Ningi is a triangular rubber coin six thousand miles along each edge, nobody has ever collected enough to own one Pu.
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* IncompetenceInc: The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation makes a variety of shoddy products. Their complaints department takes up the major land masses on ''three planets'' and is the only division of the company to consistent turn a profit.
13th Oct '15 10:47:22 AM TheLyniezian
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** And the throwaway line about Arthur wishing he had a daughter so he could forbid her from marrying a Vogon, and [BeCarefuWhatYouWishFor then ending up with Random]]. Only the stage adaption of (ostensibly) the radio series really deals with it as such, though.
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: an initially unintentional example. Early on Arthur's first reaction to the Vogons is to wish he had a daughter so he could tell her ''not'' to marry one. Later on... he gets [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Random]]. (This is picked up in the stage adaptation where needless to say, Random needs no convincing and rudely dismisses the very notion.)
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