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suicidal confrontation[edit]

″During an apparently suicidal confrontation with a pair of trigger-happy cops″ – Marvin never confronts the cops, but he ′accidentally′ saves all the main characters from them by attempting to make small talk with their spaceship. Upon connecting to the spaceship's external data port, the spaceship immediately commits suicide. (This is what Marvin tells the others when reuniting with them.) The article's sentence seems a bit inacurrate to me, that's all, so if anyone wants to improve that sentence, here's something. (talk) 00:30, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

Name that robot[edit]

There seems to be some confusion as to how to refer to Marvin. Is he "Marvin the Robot" or "Marvin the Android" or is he "Marvin the Paranoid Robot/Android"? I seem to remember him being referred to as hopelessly depressed in the series, but never as an android or particularly paranoid (just really, really depressed). Can someone look this up in the books and straight this entry out? -Frecklefoot

I'm not sure what he was referred to in the books, but he is usually refered to by fans as "Marvin the Paranoid Android". Tango
If this is how he is referred to by fans, and not in the book, we should note this is the entry. E.g. "Many fans of the series refer to him as "Marvin the Paranoid Android." There are distinctions between paranoid and depressed as well as robot and android. Anyone else want to chime in here? -Frecklefoot
Yes, why not? I haven't got a copy of the book, but I'm 99% certain it was Zaphod who christened him the "Paranoid Android". Deb
Having listened to the radio series on R4 first time out, seen the TV series and read the books as well as listening to it in Dutch (a surreal experience if ever there was), I can only conceptualise Marvin as the definitive Paranoid Android. I certainly never think of him as Marvin the robot (sic). user:sjc
Okay! It looks like I was wrong. Perhaps we should move the article to "Marvin the Paranoid Android" and make this article redirect to there. Does anyone know how to do this? I've never done it. -Frecklefoot
Just click "Move this page" in the sidebar and fill in the new name. -rbrwr
Thanks, rbrwr. There, I moved it and made changes to the article to reflect its new "home." Happy now?!  ;) -Frecklefoot
I'm happy! I just won my first arguement here! ;-)-Tango
I would have gone for Marvin, the Paranoid Android (with a comma and capital P and A), myself. It's not massively important, though. --rbrwr
Frecklefoot - It's not been moved yet, try againMintguy
Looks like its moved to me. :-/ -Tango
I'm pasting from the title at the top of this page --- Talk:Marvin the paranoid android ---
Too man indents
How do you think i feel, brain the size of a planet and all i do is make indents all day: Push that word out, that sentence is to close to the edge.... *sigh* -John.n-irl 14:39, 17 July 2007 (UTC)
Indents!Shardok (talk) 07:09, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Ah... I see it was moved from Marvin the robot. I thought it was going to go to Marvin the Paranoid Android Mintguy

I was reading in the Wikipedia style guide that all subjects should beging with a captial letter and then all following words should be lower case, unless they are proper names (e.g. Jimmy Carter). So that's why I moved it to Marvin the paranoid android. However, you can move it to Marvin, the Paranoid Android or Marvin the Paranoid Android. I don't have strong feelings about it. It just seems to conflict with the style guide. Do what you like. :) -Frecklefoot
Just for confirmation: In Chapter 19 of HHGG Zaphod refers to Marvin as "the Paranoid Android". So we were right. :-)-Tango
...and again in Chapter 17 of Restaurant. In the radio scripts, the narrator refers to him as Marvin the Paranoid Android a couple of times - at the point where he reappears in the story in Fit the Seventh, and again at the very end of Fit the Twelfth. So I would say that in the books, "The Paranoid Android" is a sobriquet given to Marvin by Zaphod, but on the radio it is part of his proper name. Either way it should really be capitalised, as indeed it is capitalised in the first paragraph of the article. --rbrwr
I agree, it should be capitalised. I'll try moving it, never done it before though. -Tango
Ok, it's moved. It timedout the first time though. :-( -Tango

EXCELLENT! I'm glad we found some references to him as the "Paranoid Android" in the series. I was uneasy about the title of the entry unless he was really called that in the books. :-) -Frecklefoot

Second single[edit]

Looking at my Guinness book of British hit singles, I find the Marvin by Marvin the Paranoid Andriod reached number 53 on 16 May 1981, but I can't find any details about a second single. Has anyone been able to locate this information? Mintguy 11:44 22 Jul 2003 (UTC)

"Marvin" / "Metal Man" and "Reasons to be Miserable" / "Marvin I Love You" (double B-side) according to a quick Google. I'll look into it a bit more later. I don't think the second one troubled the chart compilers at all. --rbrwr
Here's the a.f.d-a FAQ answer on the topic... and mp3 evidence, too. --rbrwr
Well done Rob. Nice one! Mintguy 17:07 22 Jul 2003 (UTC)
I spotted that there was an existing article on the A-side of the first single "Marvin". I improved this by including an {{Infobox Single}} and a {{cite book}}, and then created new articles for "Metal Man", "Reasons To Be Miserable", and "Marvin I Love You". They all have music samples. I added links for all of these to this article. HairyWombat 17:55, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

Picture from the TV series?[edit]

Would be useful.

Love the use of the TV series Marvin instead of the movie. Not sure on the reasoning on it, as usually people use the most recent available picture, but still, screw that, he looked cooler back then.Shardok (talk) 07:13, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

depressed not paranoid[edit]

I took "manically" out of "manically depressed" in order to discourage the idea the Marvin is bipolar. I know the phrase is used in Hitch-Hiker's (e.g. Scripts p. 61), but I don't think Douglas chose it particularly well. --rbrwr

Good call! I removed the link to manic depression because Marvin is not bipolar. I guess I could have chosen a better adjective for "depressed" though. The current wording looks good. —Frecklefoot 16:42 23 Jul 2003 (UTC)
Thanks. While I'm attemtping (without any training) to apply psychiatric diagnoses to a fictional robot I've pointed out that he's not (strictly speaking) paranoid. --rbrwr
I dunno, seems to me that he is. He's definitely paranoid in the sense that he thinks everyone and everything in the universe hates him (even if they really don't). -- Wapcaplet 17:24 23 Jul 2003 (UTC)
Well, they mostly find him pretty tiresome. So I don't think it's really delusional on his part. Also, I would say he doesn't have the "excessive concern about [his] own well being" mentioned in the first sentence of Paranoia. But I'll revert it for the time being. --rbrwr
if anyone is paranoid its dent.
as much as i love radiohead, grrrrrrrr radiohead, i blame you
moreover I think the books calls Marvin "manic depressed" (which would be bipolar disorder), Marvin doesn't have that either (clem 11:44, 2 May 2005 (UTC))
actually, marvin is called the "paranoid android" in the milliways book (the restaurant at the end of the universe) (clem 15:29, 3 May 2005 (UTC))
Scroll up. You'll find we already had this discussion more than two years ago ;-) --rbrwr± 17:57, 3 May 2005 (UTC)
heh. I bet you will have used a timed machined to will have edited that in the past future. sorry 'bout that :-) (clem 18:04, 3 May 2005 (UTC))

Brain the Size of a Planet[edit]

Marvin states, more than once I think, that he has a brain the size of a planet.

Curiously we do later encounter a computer the size of a planet (and it's remake). Is Marvin's brain... the Earth!?!?

I've wondered about that since I heard the radio series back in the seventies, but never heard anyone else raise the question - or answer it for that matter. Might account for a serious bit of depression, having your brain blown up by a pack of raving bureaucrats. Not to mention the terrible pain in all the diodes down his left side. --Rapscallion 03:05, 12 May 2005 (UTC)

I don't think so. He's just describing the incredible processing power he possesses. I don't think we're supposed to take him literally. :-) Frecklefoot | Talk 14:35, May 12, 2005 (UTC)
In a universe of sentient mattresses and hyperintelligent shades of the color blue I'm not sure what 'take him literally' even means! --Rapscallion 05:19, 13 May 2005 (UTC)
The TV series production notes on the DVD release state that a poster depicting Marvin's Brain (a planet hovering somewhere in hyperspace) was done up as a poster, and was once sold by the 'Marvin Depreciation Society.' This interpretation, according to the same notes, had Adams' approval. --JohnDBuell 19:06, 15 May 2005 (UTC)
This is almost two years later, but this isn't right. If there was such a poster then I would have bought it. The Marvin Depreciation Society did produce a poster (which you can download from my website) but it doesn't depict a planet, only the text "COMPUTER & BUBBLE MEMORY LINKED TO 10,000 TERABYTE COMPU-BRAIN IN HYPERSPACE". Martin.leese 06:03, 15 February 2007 (UTC)


Is Bender from Futurama not slightly inspired on MTPA? Wouter Lievens 13:03, 15 May 2005 (UTC)

First against the wall[edit]

""Paranoid Android" is the name of a song by British rock band Radiohead, possibly named after Marvin, but without any other apparent explicit reference. The line "When I am king you will be first against the wall" might be a reference to Marvin's introduction, in which the marketing department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation is described as "a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes"."

Surely that's stretching it a bit? I mean, "First against the wall when the revolution comes" isn't a phrase that Adams created: it's been used by many others before and after, and the phrase makes sense in the song given the context.

I have not read or seen the HGTG , however, I'm a big radiohead fan. In paranoid android, there is a sample played during the chorus of a robotic voice saying 'I may be paranoid, but I'm not an android'. Does this help figuring out if this is a direct reference or not? Adidas 22:39, 15 August 2005 (UTC)
Faithlessthewonderboy tagged this paragraph with a {{Fact}} on July 25, 2007. This is good as there really isn't any evidence for this relationship (other than the title), and the corresponding paragraph over on the "Paranoid Android" page has been deleted. Unless there are objections, I will delete the "Radiohead" paragraph in References in popular culture on August 25, 2007. HairyWombat 19:32, 1 August 2007 (UTC)
Personally, I feel that the song (at least the relevant part of it) is almost certainly influenced by H2G2. But as I've never seen any proof, it should be deleted unless someone can come up with something. Faithlessthewonderboy 22:51, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
I've just come to the page expecting to read about the link between Radiohead and Marvin. Isn't the link as obvious as it needs to be? --IainMH —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:24, 28 January 2009 (UTC)


from the Primary Phase; Fit the Third (Magrathea) at 14m:42s

(transcribed from a recording) Ford: "Are we taking this robot?" Marvin: "Don't feel you have to take any notice of me... please!" Zaphod: "Oh, Marvin, the Paranoid Android. Yeah, we'll take 'im." Trillian: "What are you supposed to do WITH a manically depressed robot?" Marvin: "You think you've got problems... what are you supposed to do if you ARE a manically depressed robot? No, don't try and answer that. I'm fifty thousand times more intelligent than you, and even I don't know the answer. Gives me a headache just trying to think DOWN to your level." -cejones


I'm finding it hard to locate in my copy of the books but didn't Marvin write a poem, the last 2 lines of it were something like:
I can see by infra-red
How I hate the night

If anyone can find this it'd be good to include it in the article. AllanHainey 15:27, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

They were "lullabies" and Marvin recites them to himself in the novel Life, the Universe, and Everything. They were also included in the third radio series. I don't have the texts with me at the moment, but that might help someone else to find them before I can.... --JohnDBuell 19:33, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Chapter 31, US edition:
Now the world has gone to bed,
Darkness won't engulf my head,
I can see by infrared,
How I hate the night.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
Try to count electric sheep
Sweet dream wishes you can keep,
How I hate the night.

--JohnDBuell 01:35, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

I have recently created an article, with audio sample, for the poem called Marvin's lullaby. I also added a link to it in this article. 22:42, 20 July 2007 (UTC)


In the television series: My Life as a Teenage Robot, one of the main character's "sisters" (XJ-7) is amazingly like Marvin..

If a screenshot can be taken thereof, that would be rather plusgood, I should think..

XJ-7 (seen right) in the episode: "This Time with Feeling"

According to the image in the article, "she" is the "sister" the most right therein. DrWho42 23:48, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

"She" is already mentioned in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy cultural references article. --JohnDBuell 23:56, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

Marvin song lyrics[edit]

I've got lyrics transderived from listening to the songs and thusly written down, but should I try turning them into articles with the lyrics thereon?

Here's where I originally posted it: Marvin Sings! DrWho42 04:21, 27 May 2006 (UTC)

A brief quotation of the lyrics is okay. Anything more than that is in violation of copyright. --JohnDBuell 10:39, 27 May 2006 (UTC)

paranoid in the literal sense[edit]

I am not sure about the word literal "Marvin is paranoid in the literal sense that he deems himself more important than he truly is."

The article on paranoid does give a literal sense (outside mind) for the original παράνοια (paranoia) but I don't think this applies, if meaningful. As I am not a psychiatrist I am not sure. Is "deeming yourself more important than you are" literal paranoia? Pukkie 08:17 20 Jul 2203 (UTC)

I think that some of the analysis of "paranoia" or the throwaway line about him being "manically depressed" has gotten out of hand. Adams wasn't a psychiatrist either, and Marvin was originally intended for one radio episode only. I've made some revisions and thrown out some of the violations of WP:OR. --JohnDBuell 13:07, 14 December 2006 (UTC)

More external links[edit]

The External links at the end of the article seem a poor selection. Here are a couple which could usefully be included. I tried including the first (which is my page), but a bot decided it was SPAM and reverted it. 04:10, 26 June 2007 (UTC)

It has been a month, and nobody has objected. I can now add these links. 17:22, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Since then this article has been seen by a broader range of editors and a new consensus has emerged that these links do not comply with WP:EL. TerriersFan 22:04, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
With respect, I see no consensus. Nor any dialog arriving at one. Any dialog resulting in a consensus would have taken place here. HairyWombat 22:42, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
These links have now been removed by four different editors and only replaced by yourself. Pending specific majority support on here, as opposed to 'support by default' that has occurred above, then that should be treated as a consensus. I would add that I see no basis on which these links meet WP:EL. TerriersFan 23:35, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

May I suggest to add the Marvin twitter bot? Over 140 excerpts from his original sayings randomly posted, one-at-a-time, every day.

I believe it could be a valuable tool to remember the robot. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Griflet (talkcontribs) 13:39, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

Merge in of songs[edit]

It was suggested at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Marvin (song) that this, and four other songs, should be merged into this article. This should now be discussed and resolved as a post-AfD editorial action. I am neutral on the matter. TerriersFan 17:42, 21 August 2007 (UTC)


  • Strongly support - with one exception the songs are not notable enough for independent articles. Marvin (song) has a weak claim based on its (low) chart placement but it and the rest would be far better served by being merged with redirect into the article for the character. Otto4711 19:44, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Support with reservations These songs almost certainly do not deserve their own articles, but as long as the bands who recorded them are notable, they could be merged into this article. But they musn't simply be dumped into the "popular culture" section (which is nothing more than a trivia section and really should be worked into the article somehow). Faithlessthewonderboy 20:54, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Oh certainly. There should be a new section titled something like "Discography" and the information should be put there. And the pop culture section should probably be removed completely, but one battle at a time. Otto4711 21:04, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Reluctantly support While the Marvin (song) article is just notable, the other three articles are definitely not. There's room for them all here for now (a Discography section will suffice). Totnesmartin 17:19, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Strongly support These song are less then notable and should be merged in to the main Marvin article. I personaly dont understand how a character in a book even published a single in the first place. --Bob12321 07:09, 8 September 2007 (UTC)


  1. Strongly oppose. Instead, I would like to see these articles become subsiduary articles of this page using {{Further}} or {{see also}}. This would allow the current material on this page to be trimmed and placed in a new section. Marvin's greatest hits would be an appropriately ironic sub-title, given that the subject of the page is comical. HairyWombat 21:26, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
Comment the topic is comical but the website is not, and has rules for appropriate content and style. Totnesmartin 17:21, 22 August 2007 (UTC)


Votes are discouraged - this should be a discussion. However, as it is clear that the consensus is to merge the songs I will do it. SilkTork *SilkyTalk 12:57, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

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Marvin I Love You[edit]

This received play on the Dr. Demento show... AnonMoos (talk) 15:46, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

Here's a neat animated video for that song, done in 1996. Bizzybody (talk) 09:13, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

Profile Picture[edit]

I think the head picture should definetly be a picture of marvin from the movie - not the TV series. The marvin from the movie fitted marvins description in the book better - especially the 'brain the size of a planet'. —Preceding unsigned comment added by A person one (talkcontribs) 01:12, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

Marvin as Depressiv Name[edit]

Marvin is also the name of a desolemn pressiv butler in the Twilight Zone: Besides the true character of the butler isnt depressiv, he acts in this way the whole time. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:40, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Not overly subjective[edit]

I removed the Template:Essay-like banner--

This article is written like a personal reflection or essay rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style. (March 2010)

IMO the article describes the character and his plot interactions accurately. --Thnidu (talk) 17:57, 30 January 2012 (UTC)


After the novels, and especially after the movie; a phrase came into existence: Marvinism. It is used something as a philosophy, or being depressed, or being paranoid.

I think this should be added to Marvin's wikipedia page. There aren't much sources/citations though.

not quite wiki-style[edit]

" Marvin is relegated back to a menial servant. Such is the lot of a robot."

Can someone clean this article up? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:19, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

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