Agrajag is a creature that gets repeatedly reincarnated only to be killed in various ways, usually by accident, by Arthur Dent. We meet Agrajag several times before we learn who he is.

Wikipedia's got a nice little overview of Agrajag's storyline:

Agrajag is first identified in the novel Life, the Universe and Everything, but it is revealed that several of Arthur's encounters in the first and second novels (and in previous chapters of the third) were with previous incarnations of Agrajag. The first occurs in the novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, when a bowl of petunias is suddenly yanked into existence miles above the planet Magrathea, and begins falling, having only time to think, "Oh no, not again," before crashing to the ground. The reason behind the bowl's lament is revealed in the novel Life, the Universe and Everything, when Agrajag identifies the bowl of petunias as one of his prior incarnations, and tells Arthur that he had seen his face in a spaceship window as he fell to his doom. In another incarnation, Agrajag was a rabbit on prehistoric Earth (during the time period recounted in the novel The Restaurant at the End of the Universe) who was killed by Arthur for breakfast and whose skin was fashioned into a pouch, which is then used to swat a fly who also happened to be Agrajag. In yet another, near the beginning of the novel Life, the Universe and Everything, Agrajag is an old man who dies of a heart attack after seeing Arthur and Ford materialise, seated on a Chesterfield sofa, in the midst of a match at Lord's Cricket Ground.

This list does not claim to be exhaustive, and I have a hunch that there are more Agrajag sightings around the HHGG universe - even if they are not in the books. Can anyone find any others?

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    By definition, anything killed, anything that expires, was Agrajag, and it was Arthur Dent's fault.
    – geoffc
    Nov 11, 2011 at 17:19

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The hitchhiker wiki lists:

  • Flies, swatted by Arthur
  • Rabbit, that Arthur hit with a flint
  • Newts Arthur stepped on
  • Oyster Arthur ate live
  • Cows Arthur ate a fillet of
  • Ants Arthur stepped on
  • Fish Arthur threw out
  • Person at a Cricket-Match who had a heart attack when Arthur and Ford materialized on the field chasing a sofa
  • Stavro Mueller, the owner of Beta, where he gets hit with a bullet Arthur dodged
  • Bowl of Petunias which came into existance at Arthur's hand
  • Fleas [Arthur] picks out of his hair
  • The NowWhattian BogHog who was killed when Arthur visited NowWhat
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    There's also A. Grajag at the end of "And Another Thing..."
    – Barry Hammer
    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:03
  • Wasn't the whale in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy also technically Agrajag?
    – user10608
    Nov 2, 2012 at 12:16
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    @GuideReader: Apparently not - Agrajag described it as his "soul brother".
    – user3069
    Mar 17, 2013 at 18:48
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    There's also Agrajag's final incarnation, during his failed revenge attempt.
    – Kevin
    Mar 11, 2015 at 21:52

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