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* HumansAreNotTheDominantSpecies: Humans are merely unknowing experimental test subjects being monitored and controlled by other-dimensional beings who assume the forms of white mice. A more profound question is how the dolphins got here and left, since they are also superior to us.


* DownerEnding: In ''Mostly Harmless''. [[spoiler:A malevolent plot by a reality-warping entity causes the Guide to be taken over and robbed of its soul by an evil publishing conglomerate, the Earth to be destroyed in every single timeline, and all the regular characters except Zaphod to be killed. Adams later regretted this and intended to retcon it out in a sixth novel, but his real-life death intervened.]]


* TheDitz: Taken UpToEleven with the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. It's said to be the stupidest creature in the universe and thinks that if you can't see it, it can't see you (read that last part carefully.)

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* TheDitz: Taken UpToEleven with the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. It's said to be the stupidest creature in the universe and thinks that if you can't see it, it can't see you (read that last part carefully.)


* GeniusBonus: "Frood" is slang for "really-together person", and the Old English "frōd" meant "wise" or "experienced". Uncertain if this was intentional or not.

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* GeniusBonus: "Frood" is slang for "really-together person", and the Old English "frōd" meant "wise" or "experienced". Uncertain if this was intentional or not.


* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The series' phlebotinum runs entirely on RuleOfFunny. Among other things, we have the Infinite Improbability Drive, Bistromathics -- a field of computations based on the non-absoluteness of the mathematics involved in restaurant dining -- and the Somebody Else's Problem field, a [[StealthInSpace cloaking device]] that weaponizes the WeirdnessCensor by making something appear so ludicrously inconceivable that people just ignore it. There's also the guy who built a starship powered by bad news, but nobody wanted it to show up.

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* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The series' phlebotinum runs entirely on RuleOfFunny. Among other things, we have the Infinite Improbability Drive, Bistromathics -- a field of computations based on the non-absoluteness of the mathematics involved in restaurant dining -- and the Somebody Else's Problem field, a [[StealthInSpace cloaking device]] that weaponizes the WeirdnessCensor by making something appear so ludicrously inconceivable that people just ignore it. There's also the guy species who built a starship powered by bad news, but nobody wanted it to show up.

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* InUniverseFactoidFailure:
** Ford Prefect chooses his name — the name of a rather mediocre British car — apparently on the assumption that cars were the dominant species on the planet. The movie adaptation extrapolates from this the scene of Ford and Arthur's first meeting, Arthur saving Ford from attempting to shake hands with a car (a Ford Prefect, naturally).
** The Cutaway Gag sequence about the Vl'Hurg-G'Gugvuntt fleet that attempted to invade the Earth, only to be accidentally swallowed by a small dog in its entirety "due to a terrible miscalculation of scale".

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* PostWakeUpRealization: Varies from version to version where Arthur is sometimes like this about noticing that there are bulldozers ready to knock down the house he lives in.
-->From the Book: "The word 'bulldozer' wandered through his mind for a moment, in search of something to connect with."


* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The series' phlebotinum runs entirely on RuleOfFunny. Among other things, we have the Infinite Improbability Drive, Bistromathics -- a field of computations based on the non-absoluteness of the mathematics involved in restaurant dining -- and the Somebody Else's Problem field, a [[StealthInSpace cloaking device]] that weaponizes the WeirdnessCensor by making something appear so inconceivably ludicrous that people just ignore it. There's also the guy who built a starship powered by bad news, but nobody wanted it to show up.

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* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The series' phlebotinum runs entirely on RuleOfFunny. Among other things, we have the Infinite Improbability Drive, Bistromathics -- a field of computations based on the non-absoluteness of the mathematics involved in restaurant dining -- and the Somebody Else's Problem field, a [[StealthInSpace cloaking device]] that weaponizes the WeirdnessCensor by making something appear so inconceivably ludicrous ludicrously inconceivable that people just ignore it. There's also the guy who built a starship powered by bad news, but nobody wanted it to show up.


* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The series' phlebotinum runs entirely on RuleOfFunny. Among other things, we have the Somebody Else's Problem field, a [[StealthInSpace cloaking device]] that weaponizes WeirdnessCensor by making people ignore it. There's also the guy who built a starship powered by bad news, but nobody wanted it to show up.

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* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The series' phlebotinum runs entirely on RuleOfFunny. Among other things, we have the Infinite Improbability Drive, Bistromathics -- a field of computations based on the non-absoluteness of the mathematics involved in restaurant dining -- and the Somebody Else's Problem field, a [[StealthInSpace cloaking device]] that weaponizes the WeirdnessCensor by making something appear so inconceivably ludicrous that people just ignore it. There's also the guy who built a starship powered by bad news, but nobody wanted it to show up.


''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'' is the trilogy-in-six-books by Creator/DouglasAdams, with the sixth book being written by ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'''s Creator/EoinColfer. It began in 1979, as an adaptation of the radio series of the same name, also written by Douglas Adams, but eventually diverged from and expanded on the plot of the original. It's arguably the best-known version of the series.

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When he was eighteen, drunk in a field in Innsbruck, hitchhiking across Europe, Creator/DouglasAdams looked up at the sky filled with stars and thought, “Somebody ought to write the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Then he went to sleep and almost, but not quite, forgot all about it.

''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'' is the trilogy-in-six-books by Creator/DouglasAdams, Adams, with the sixth book being written by ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'''s Creator/EoinColfer. It began in 1979, as an adaptation of the radio series of the same name, also written by Douglas Adams, but eventually diverged from and expanded on the plot of the original. It's arguably the best-known version of the series.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: The mice. In the original radio show they held no malice towards Arthur at all; on the contrary, they offered to pay him handsomely if he found the ultimate question for them. In the book, they want to cut up his brain to extract the question manually.


A sixth book, ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'' was written by Eoin Colfer, author of the Literature/ArtemisFowl children's novels, and published in October 2009. Starting where ''Mostly Harmless'' left off, the tone of the book in general is much lighter and removes the [[DownerBeginning downer beginning]] the series ended with. There is some controversy as to whether it lives up to the main series, and is [[FanonDiscontinuity considered non-canon by some fans]].

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A sixth book, ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'' was written by Eoin Colfer, author of the Literature/ArtemisFowl children's novels, and published in October 2009. Starting where ''Mostly Harmless'' left off, the tone of the book in general is much lighter [[LighterAndSofter lighter]] and removes the [[DownerBeginning downer beginning]] the series ended with. There is some controversy as to whether it lives up to the main series, and is [[FanonDiscontinuity considered non-canon by some fans]].

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