Ford Prefect

Real Name: Ford's original name is unknown. He was christened in an obscure Betelgeusian dialect spoken by the Praxibetels on Betelgeuse VII which were all (with the exception of Ford's father) wiped out by the "Great Collapsing Hrung Disaster of Gal./Sid./Year 03758". Ford never learned to say his original name.

Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial (Betelgeusian)

Occupation: Researcher and writer for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Affiliations: Arthur Dent; Marvin; Trillian; Zaphod Beeblebrox

Enemies: Unknown

Known Relatives: Zaphod Beeblebrox

Aliases: At school Ford was nicknamed 'Ix', which in the language of Betelgeuse V means: "a boy who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven".

The name 'Ford Prefect' was chosen by Ford after arriving on the Earth for being "nicely inconspicuous".

Base of Operations: Travels the universe

First Appearance: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Powers/Abilities: Ford is capable of Pheromone Control, a technique he learned from some Ex-Pralite monks running a mind surfing resort in the hills of hunian. He is also a hoopy frude who knows where his towel is.

History: Ford is from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. He is a roving researcher for this wholly remarkable book, the The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. In fact, it seems as if he was one of the original crew who started the whole thing. His most recent assignment was to an insignificant planet in the uncharted backwaters of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy, known to its inhabitants as Earth. Choosing a name in the belief that he would blend nicely in to the native culture, he took the alias Ford Prefect. His original plan was to stay for a week, but he ended up stranded there for fifteen years, only managing to leave when he hitched a lift on a Vogon ship shortly before they destroyed the Earth.

Comments: Created by Douglas Adams.

"My doctor says that I have a malformed public duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I'm therefore excused from saving universes."

He was played on radio by Geoffrey McGivern, in the TV version by David Dixon, and in the movie by Mos Def.


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