Arthur Dent

Real Name: Arthur Philip Dent

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Hitch-hiker

Affiliations: Ford Prefect; Trillian; Zaphod Beeblebrox; Marvin; Fenchurch

Enemies: Agrajag

Known Relatives: Unidentified parents and sister, Random Frequent Flyer Dent (daughter)

Aliases: None known

Base of Operations: Previously travelled the universe; now back on Earth

First Appearance: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Powers/Abilities: Arthur eventually learned to fly, basically by falling and then forgetting to hit the ground. The thing about flying is not to realise that it is, in fact, impossible, or then gravity will suddenly notice you again and take exception to being ignored. He developed the ability to communicate with birds on the planet Krikkit.

History: Arthur Dent seems to be having trouble with his lifestyle. One morning, he woke up with a hangover to discover his house being demolished. As he lay in front of the bulldozers, his friend Ford Prefect took him to the pub and revealed that he was an alien. Shortly after this, his native planet was destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Things got really confusing when he discovered a girl he once met at a party had absconded with a two headed alien on a stolen spaceship. This was just a prelude to a string of very strange events, throughout which he would be utterly unable to get a cup of tea.

While many people aren't too fond of Arthur, only one could probably be said to hate him. This is Agrajag, a being whose very existence seems somehow bound to Arthur's - the poor sod keeps being accidentally killed by Arthur, only to be reincarnated, then killed again...repeatedly...throughout history...and it's happened so often that Agrajag now recalls his past lives and Arthur's part in their endings.

Comments: Created by Douglas Adams.

Arthur was played in both the radio and TV version by Simon Jones. In the movie, he was played by Martin Freeman.

Thanks to Mick Hudson for reminding me about Agrajag, and Sean Levin for his middle name and relatives. Thanks to Joe Herbel, who informed me of Arthur's ability to communicate with birds, and informed me of Arthur's child, who is "the daughter of him and Trillian. There was no sex involved, however; Trillian chose to become a mother and got fertilized with a sample of Arthur's sperm he had donated. Also, Arthur is no longer on planet Earth-as of the end of 'And Another Thing', he is currently in transit between parallel dimensions."


Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.

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