Zaphod Beeblebrox IV is Zaphod Beeblebrox's deceased great-grandfather, as well as his direct descendant, due to an accident with a time machine and contraceptive.


While being attacked by the Vogons, Ford Prefect, Arthur Dent and Zaphod Beeblebrox held a séance (instigated by Zaphod) in order to try and get help from Zaphod's great-grandfather to get them out of their current situation. Zaphod Beeblebrox IV seemed to dislike and distrust the living, and mentioned his disappointment in Zaphod. He looked down on his profession of being President of the Galaxy, and he said that his great-grandson's friends are 'disreputable'.

He was rather ill-tempered, and held his great-grandson in contempt for being so irresponsible. He admonished Zaphod for forgetting to put flowers on his grave and for not writing to his great-grandmother, or being aware that she was also dead. It was he who explained Zaphod's original plans for finding Zarniwoop and the 'man running the universe', as he knew that there were 'a lot of people wanting to have a word with him'. He also seemed to be able to slow down time to some degree, but only so that he could tell them a story. He was somewhat forgetful, but at other times sharp-minded, saying that his being dead had given him clearer insight into some things, a 'wonderfully uncluttered perspective'.

The only reason he helped Zaphod was because he couldn't bear the thought of him and his modern friends slouching around up there with him, and so he teleported him and the others to safety using his dead-person-powers.

He also gave Arthur a parting gift of tea ('the most delicious he [Arthur] had ever tasted') in a silver teapot after he heard that the Heart of Gold's circuits were occupied because of Arthur's efforts to teach the Nutri-Matic Drink Synthesizer to make tea.[1][2]

Appearances of Zaphod Beeblebrox IV