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Film - Animated


  • Ciaphas Cain: From The Greater Good one of the books that Inquisitor Vail admits to using while editing the Archives is Sekara's Travologue "Interesting places and tedious people" which has a single line entry "Dreary Beyond Belief" in reference to one of the planets Cain visits.
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  • The Dresden Files: In "B Is For Bigfoot" Irwin is reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy when Harry first sees him, triggering a prompt flurry of Vogon jokes and other references from Dresden.
  • The Rivers of London novel False Value is set in a tech company called the Serious Cybernetics Corporation. All the departments, buildings and offices are also named as Hitchhikers references (security are the Vogon Enforcement Arm, HR are the Magrathean Ape-Descended-Lifeform Utilisation Service), and the words "Don't Panic" are written on the front of the building in large, friendly letters. The employees call themselves "mice", which sounds self-deprecating, but in this context is quite the opposite.
  • The Star Trek Encyclopedia entry for Earth ends with the words "Mostly harmless".
  • The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes has a quick bit that goes, The food dispensers aboard ship can give you something that is not entirely unlike coffee.

Live-Action Television

  • The Big Bang Theory: In "The 43 Peculiarity", Howard and Raj find a room where Sheldon goes every day in secret and find 43 written on a chalkboard.note  Raj suggests it's "the meaning of life" from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Howard corrects him, saying that it's actually 42.
  • Burn Notice: In "Last Rites" Nate and Sam are pretending to be CDC field agents when a subject walks in on Nate opening a phone receiver to bug it. The excuse to cover for this? Nate's handling the very bacteria the CDC was looking for — in other words, he's a phone sanitizer.

Video Games

  • Civilization: Beyond Earth:
    • The achievement for razing 100 alien nests is "Making Way for a Hyperspace Bypass".
    • In this same vein, the achievement for researching every single tech in the game is simply "42".
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  • COVID '99: Paddle Royale: The second-lowest threat level is "Mostly Harmless".
  • Goat Simulator: Near the dam in Goat City Bay is a crashed spaceship. On the hotel balcony is a towel with the number "42" printed on it. Combine the latter with the former and you become Hitchhiker Goat, which has the power to summon whales from the sky.
  • The Impossible Quiz:
    • In the first game, Question 42: "What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?" The answer, of course, is the 42nd 42.
    • The second chapter of the third game, The Impossible Quiz Book, is called The Phlovomite's Guide to the Galaxy.
    • Question 55 of the aforementioned chapter asks "Define Earth" and one of the options is "Mostly Harmless". It's correct.
    • Hovering over Earth in Question 66 gives the description "Earth (Mostly Harmless)".
    • Question 142 of the third game's third chapter also involves finding a 42, but here it's the fourth in the bottom row 42.
  • Marathon: In "Rise Robot Rise", Tycho says, "Don't sweat the details, little monkey. Leave the strategizing to those of us with planet-sized brains", a clear reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which Marvin complained, "Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to take you to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction? 'Cos I don't".


  • In Skin Horse, when Tip descends to the Annex-1 subbasements, filled with abandoned shadow government files, there's a just visible sign reading "BEWARE OF THE LEOPARD".
  • In Questionable Content, when Faye's espresso dinosaur art project rematerialises just as the gallery owner was asking about it, Raven claims this is "Adams' Law — under certain circumstances, a super-improbably event can be MORE likely to happen than not. Basically, the universe has a sense of humor." The gallery owner asks if they can fix it before it turns into a sperm whale.

Western Animation

  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: The alien Fleeblebroxians are named in reference to the two-headed alien Zaphod Beeblebrox.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
    • Bloo plays a video game where the villain is named "Lord Beeblebrox".
    • In "Bus the Two of Us", there's a hitchhiker wearing a bathrobe with a sign that reads "Magrathea".
    • In "Good Wilt Hunting", the two nerds that discovered Coco are named Douglas and Adam; the latter has a blue shirt with 42 on it.
    • In an especially obscure reference, the friends unite together to rescue a cat from a tree using what Frankie calls "Plan Z-Z-9-Plural Z-Alpha".


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