Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy: Character Bios: Marvin

Marvin is the most quoted character of the series. This is a testament to the skills of the actor who played the voice, Stephen Moore.

Marvin is a manically depressed robot and the prototype product of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.   He has a ‘brain the size of a planet’ and a personality that makes you want to kill it!    If you were to meet Marvin in a pub, you would think it the worst slot machine you had ever played!

Sometimes, I wish I was Marvin!He was manufactured as a plastic pal that was fun to be with!  But his personality prototype featured the new Genuine People Personality (GPP) profiles.  (Clearly they used a model who was having a really, really bad hair day!)

He was the robot in attendance on the Infinite Improbability Drive spaceship (the one that Zaphod and Trillian stole).   Despite this he remained the crews loyal servant (although he was terribly boring!)

An exasperated Trillian once exclaimed, “What Are you supposed to do with a manically depressed robot!?”
Marvin replied, “You think you’ve got problems, what are you supposed to do if you ARE a manically depressed robot?  No, don’t try to answer that, I’m 50,000 times more intelligent than you and even I don’t know the answer.  It gives me a headache just thinking down to your level. ”  (wadda line! )

How about it Marvin, will you die for us?A girl once told me that she though Marvin was lovely!  I cant see that myself, but his devotion and loyalty cannot be questioned.  When Ford, Zaphod, Arthur and Trillian left Magrathea, Marvin waited a few million years (posing as a car park attendant) for their return.  THEN, in a final act of selfless duty he  helped them escape for the last time, facing certain destruction himself!

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  Marvin met his ‘end’ flying into a star on Hot Blacks stunt ship.

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