Zaphod Beeblebrox is a fictional character in the various versions of the humorous science fiction story The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams who based him on his Cambridge contemporary, Johnny Simpson.
Zaphod Beeblebrox is a native to Betelgeuse Five and grew up with his semi-cousin, Ford Prefect. With more than his fair share of body parts, he is badly dressed (recently voted the Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known Universe for the seventh time running), bad mouthed, two-headed, has had an extra arm attached just below his original right one (he claims it improves his ski-boxing) and is the proud owner of the biggest ego in the known universe. Apart from his extra head and third arm, he is otherwise humanoid in appearance.
Zaphod is an adventurer, an ex-confidence trickster, a manic self-publicist, and is also terribly bad at personal relationships. He is thought by many to be completely out to lunch. Lunch is by the way one of his favourite activities, as his waking day often seems to revolve around his stomach. He is also the creator of the "Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster", a cocktail so volatile and intoxicating that the effects of drinking more than two is like having your brain smashed into a pulp by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.
President of the Galaxy and successor to Yooden Vranx, Zaphod's job is not to hold power, but to draw attention away from the real source of it. Thus Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the best Presidents the Galaxy has ever had, having already spent two of his ten years in office in prison for fraud.
Zaphod Beeblebrox is notorious for having run off with the most technologically advanced ship of its kind, the Heart of Gold, (which runs off the Infinite Improbability Drive, meaning that it passes through every single point in the Universe simultaneously) when he was in fact supposed to be launching it on the planet Damogran. Following a few narrow escapes from the Galactic Police, he may still be on the run today. And he probably is.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy series created by Douglas Adams. Originally a radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, it was later adapted to other formats, and over several years it gradually became an international multi-media phenomenon.
Adaptations have included stage shows, a "trilogy" of five books published between 1979 and 1992, a sixth novel penned by Eoin Colfer in 2009, a 1981 TV series, a 1984 computer game, and three series of three-part comic book adaptations of the first three novels published by DC Comics between 1993 and 1996. There were also two series of towels, produced by Beer-Davies, that are considered by some fans to be an "official version" of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as they include text from the first novel. A Hollywood-funded film version, produced and filmed in the UK, was released in April 2005, and radio adaptations of the third, fourth, and fifth novels were broadcast from 2004 to 2005. Many of these adaptations, including the novels, the TV series, the computer game, and the earliest drafts of the Hollywood film's screenplay, were done by Adams himself, and some of the stage shows introduced new material written by Adams.
The title is the name of a fictional, eccentric, electronic travel guide, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, prominently featured in the series.The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is often abbreviated "HHGTTG" (as used on fan websites) or "H2G2" (first used by Neil Gaiman as a chapter title in Don't Panic and later by the online guide run by the BBC). The series is also often referred to as "The Hitchhiker's Guide", "Hitchhiker's", or simply "[The] Guide". This title can refer to any of the various incarnations of the story of which the books are the most widely distributed, having been translated into more than 30 languages by 2005.