Study Guide

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Characters

By Douglas Adams

Arthur Dent

Here's our recipe for Arthur Dent: Take one hero. Now remove everything heroic. Voilà:...

Ford Prefect

If you gave Ford the choice between going to a party and saving an entire world from destruction,...

Zaphod Beeblebrox

What you should take away from this character profile: Zaphod is the President of the Galaxy who...

Trillian

Trillian is this amazing… oh, who are we kidding? Arthur gives Trillian a terrific...

Marvin

According to Douglas Adams's mother, Marvin the Robot is like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh: they...

Eddie

Eddie is the most annoying shipboard computer in the history of science fiction, and that...

Slartibartfast

For a big part of this book, Slartibartfast has two very simple roles: (1) He's the Magrathean...

Deep Thought

Deep Thought is the giant, city-sized computer that works for 7.5 million years to come up with...

Benjy mouse and Frankie mouse

As Slartibartfast explains to Arthur, mice aren't just "white furry things with the cheese...

Majikthise and Vroomfondel

Did someone say "foolish and absurd"? That means it must be time to discuss the philosophers from...

Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz and the Vogons (and the Dentrassi)

Jeltz is the captain of the Vogon fleet that destroys the Earth, and he is representative of the...

L. Prosser

Prosser is a human version of Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, just with a more boring name. Like the...

Lunkwill and Fook, Loonquawl and Phouchg

Lunkwill and Fook are the programmers for Deep Thought. When they show up, they're pretty excited...

The Cops

The cops who come to capture and kill Zaphod are pure comic relief. This is especially clear if...

The Whale and the Bowl of Petunias

If we were really organizing this page by how much we like characters, the Whale (oh, poor, sweet...