History Series / KnightRider

7th May '18 3:00:09 PM aksnitd
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* StockFootage: To save the expense of spectacular footage, the original series liberally used whatever footage available to substitute. Examples include using the climactic crash of the titular vehicular monster, ''Film/TheCar'' multiple times, especially for the initial defeat of KARR in "Trust Doesn't Rust" and the canyon flooding visual from the first Christopher Reeve are used in ''{{Superman}}'' in "Not a Drop to Drink"

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* StockFootage: To save the expense of spectacular footage, the original series liberally used whatever footage available to substitute. Examples include using the climactic crash of the titular vehicular monster, ''Film/TheCar'' multiple times, especially for the initial defeat of KARR in "Trust Doesn't Rust" and the canyon flooding visual from the first Christopher Reeve are used in ''{{Superman}}'' movie is used in "Not a Drop to Drink"


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** All the shots of the controls being operated were reused in multiple episodes. Occasionally, this caused humorous goofs. For instance, one episode wrongly used a shot of the Turbo Boost button being pressed by Michael when KITT was driving himself. Another time, there was a different character in the car and the same shot used for Michael was reused. In another episode, Michael was driving a different car wearing a blue racing costume. A shot of his leg pressing the accelerator was stock footage which had his leg in grey pants and black shoes.
8th Apr '18 7:37:34 PM nombretomado
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* 1994 reimagined it as ''Knight Rider 2010'', which was ill received, mainly due to a radically different premise with a heavy ''MadMax'' theme, and pretty much being InNameOnly.

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* 1994 reimagined it as ''Knight Rider 2010'', which was ill received, mainly due to a radically different premise with a heavy ''MadMax'' ''Film/MadMax'' theme, and pretty much being InNameOnly.
6th Apr '18 6:37:24 PM Xenothekid
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The franchise has also appeared in VideoGame/LEGODimensions.
6th Apr '18 6:36:39 PM Xenothekid
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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Jokingly {{Discussed|Trope}}: A native Indian thinks KITT is a god of the wind, who was depicted with a horse. The native suggests that said god ecided to take a modern form as a car due to being the 1980's.

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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Jokingly {{Discussed|Trope}}: A native Indian thinks KITT is a god of the wind, who was depicted with a horse. The native suggests that said god ecided decided to take a modern form as a car due to this being the 1980's.



* AlmostLethalWeapons

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* AlmostLethalWeaponsAlmostLethalWeapons: [[StatusQuoIsGod Any main characters that get shot recover in time for the next episode.]] If your death kickstarts the plot, you've either been fatally shot or blown-up.



* ATeamFiring

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* ATeamFiringATeamFiring: Unless your death is part of the plot.



* BashBrothers: About the best you can get when one of the partners is a car.

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* BashBrothers: About the best you can get when one of the partners is a snarky car.



* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Usually averted, as KITT can recognize sayings and sometimes uses them himself, often prefaced by "as they say." But sometimes he does need Michael to point out that a phrase was just a figure of speech.

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* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Usually averted, as KITT can recognize sayings and sometimes uses them himself, often prefaced by "as they say." But sometimes he does need Michael to point out that a phrase was just a figure of speech.speech, such as the "one-armed bandits" in Las Vegas which KITT asked if they should apprehend them.



** Another one had KITT trying to console a depressed woman concerned with her weight and finding a love life. She later accidentally bumps into a lawyer, who she told KITT was someone she wanted to meet. [[Heartwarming/KnightRider KITT then gets and idea and plays a tape with romantic music on it to further the scenario.]]

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** Another one had KITT trying to console a depressed woman concerned with her weight and finding a love life. She later accidentally bumps into a lawyer, who she told KITT was someone she wanted to meet. meet earlier. [[Heartwarming/KnightRider KITT then gets and an idea and plays a tape with romantic music on it to further the scenario.]]



* DrivingIntoATruck: The TropeCodifier.

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* DrivingIntoATruck: The TropeCodifier. Now proven by the Series/{{Mythbusters}}.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: The {{Mooks}} part of the New Dawn movement realise when their leader has gone too far after locking them and the hostages in with a doomsday device counting down.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: The {{Mooks}} part of the New Dawn movement realise when their leader has gone too far after locking them and the hostages in with a doomsday device counting down.on a countdown.



* EvilTwin: Five of them: Garthe Knight to Michael Knight, KARR to KITT, Goliath to KITT, Devon Miles' masked imposter, and KARR-E to "[=KI3T=]".

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* EvilTwin: Five Seven of them: Garthe Knight to Michael Knight, KARR to KITT, Goliath to KITT, KITT (Or Rook the FLAG semi), Devon Miles' masked imposter, Bonnie's imposter, possibly Adrianne Margeaux to Bonnie, and KARR-E to "[=KI3T=]".



* FreezeFrameBonus: InUniverse: Stevie watches a tape of her late boyfriend's performance which he kept watching. One frame has a wall of binary text, which KITT later translates to a drug-trafficking timetable.



* GirlOfTheWeek

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* GirlOfTheWeekGirlOfTheWeek: Michael can be usually trying to flirt with her.



* ImmuneToBullets: For once, it's the heroes (and at least once, this fact figured into a tragic plot point) although heavy artillery is worrisome, as is acid or anything made out of an identical material.
* AnInsert

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* ImmuneToBullets: For once, it's the heroes (and at least once, this fact figured into a tragic plot point) although heavy artillery is worrisome, as is acid acid, direct rocket impact or anything made out of an identical material.
* AnInsertAnInsert: Usually when KITT has to record evidence.



* LockedOutOfTheLoop:
** Only three men on the planet knew of the "Knight Formula" aside from Wilton, which is the molecular-bonded shell. If the formula was to be recreated, only two men had to get together due to each other knowing the other half of the formula the other one didn't know. Unfortunately, one of the men died of natural causes, the other was found by Garthe and had his portion of the formula pried from him before being killed, and the final man; Devon, was poisoned with a non-lethal truth serum which allowed Garthe to learn the entire formula.
** Briefly, Bonnie didn't know who Stevie Mason was aside from Michael and Devon.
** Turns out that an international criminal was out to kill Michael due to blaming him for [[spoiler:Tanya Walker's death, despite it being her fault]]. Michael [[WhatTheHellHero calls out]] Devon for not telling him this.



* MuggingTheMonster: All those random petty crooks who attempt to steal or damage KITT. They generally leave the situation with the crap scared out of them.
* MundaneUtility: {{Inverted|Trope}} KITT's trunk usually has a bomb put in it when it's about to explode.

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* MuggingTheMonster: All those random petty crooks who attempt to steal or damage KITT. They generally leave the situation with the crap scared out of them.
them or getting arrested.
* MundaneUtility: MundaneUtility:
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{{Inverted|Trope}} KITT's trunk usually has a bomb put in it when it's about to explode.explode.
** {{Downplayed|Trope}} when it comes to the EjectorSeat. It's used in lieu of any conventional path to a higher surface for Michael.



* NotEvenBotheringWithAnExcuse: At the end of ''KITT Vs. KARR'', Michael uses FLAG funding to purchase a business for a key character in the episode. Devon then angrily calls him to ask why a large amount of money has disappeared. Michael simply responds that he will once he thinks of an excuse.



* ReversePsychology: Michael gets rid of a {{Mook}} holding him at gunpoint inside KITT by asking if he could put the radio on. He then activates the EjectorSeat.



* WrenchWench: "[=KI2T=]"'s mechanic Bonnie Barstow (replaced in Season 2 by April Curtis but comes back in Season 3)

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* WhatTheHellHero: One of Michael's plans to catch the ArcVillain required literally one million dollars. Unfortunately, Devon couldn't [[RealityEnsues 'magically' make it appear with FLAG's funding,]] so he had to borrow money from a charity for widows and orphans. He and KITT repeatedly call out Michael for losing the money by mentioning who the charity was for. He manages to get it back later, albeit with a small amount missing due to some of it being used to rent a helicopter.
* WrenchWench: "[=KI2T=]"'s mechanic Bonnie Barstow Barstow. (replaced in Season 2 by April Curtis but comes back in Season 3)
19th Mar '18 9:29:28 AM Xenothekid
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Three involving a Running Gag with a random citizen and KITT:
** One had KITT berate a [[HonestJohnsDealership used car salesman]] for lying to his customers by trying to sell them [[TheAllegedCar]] rickety cars. Later, he decides to come clean to a customer interested in one by telling her all the faults with it. Said customer turned out to be an engineering student, who was looking for a fixer-upper. She happily buys the car off him.
** Another one had KITT trying to console a depressed woman concerned with her weight and finding a love life. She later accidentally bumps into a lawyer, who she told KITT was someone she wanted to meet. [[Heartwarming/KnightRider KITT then gets and idea and plays a tape with romantic music on it to further the scenario.]]
** Upon seeing a homeless man, KITT decided to give him 10 dollars. Later, said homeless man turns up much better since he bought a winning lottery ticket with it.



* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Done humorously in "The Scent of Roses" by KITT using the song "As Time Goes By."
* {{Leitmotif}}: "White Bird" for Stevie.

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* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn:
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Done humorously in "The Scent of Roses" by KITT using the song "As Time Goes By."
** KITT plays a tape with romantic music to start a potential relationship with two people.
* {{Leitmotif}}: {{Leitmotif}}:
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"White Bird" for Stevie.Stevie.
** A goofy xylophone tune for KITT.
9th Mar '18 8:02:06 AM Xenothekid
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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Jokingly {{Discussed|Trope}}: A native Indian thinks KITT is a god of the wind, who was depicted with a horse. The native suggests that said god ecided to take a modern form as a car due to being the 1980's.



* AndThisIsFor: KITT states this while he's beating up the ArcVillain in ''Killer KITT'', for his reprogramming, forcing him to try and kill Michael, one for computer lovers, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking making him say 'ain't'.]]



* BluffTheImposter: In ''Goliath Returns'', Michael secretly trips up an imposter Garthe sent in to replace Professor Klaus by mentioning Disneyland, which he never mentioned to the real professor.



* BothSidesHaveAPoint: KITT compares being stuck in a police impound to Michael in jail.



* CarMeetsHouse

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* CarMeetsHouseCarFu: Happens a lot. One ''literal'' example is in ''Killer KITT'', when KITT beats up the ArcVillain with his automated doors and head-on collisions.
* CarMeetsHouse: Frequently done. One notable occasion is when KITT does this [[spoiler:with an apartment three floors off the ground.]]



* CommLinks: Michael had a wrist communicator that allowed him to not only stay in voice contact with KITT, but also had a camera and scanner function that could feed his car visual and other information.

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* CommLinks: Michael had a wrist communicator that allowed him to not only stay in voice contact with KITT, but also had a camera and scanner function that could feed his car visual and other information. He also used it as an electrical device when surrounded by snakes.



* CoolBike: KITT, meet KNERD.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: The {{Mooks}} part of the New Dawn movement realise when their leader has gone too far after locking them and the hostages in with a doomsday device counting down.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In episode 3 of the original series, KITT gets stuck at the impound. He eventually breaks-out by pushing the car in front of him hard enough to break open the gate. It just so happens that theirs a couple making out in said car. When KITT pulls away the woman drops this.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
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In episode 3 of the original series, KITT gets stuck at the impound. He eventually breaks-out by pushing the car in front of him hard enough to break open the gate. It just so happens that theirs a couple making out in said car. When KITT pulls away the woman drops this.



** In ''The Topaz Connection'', a group of scantily-clad models notice KITT and decide to start posing on him. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Then his scanner lights up...]]



* ImmuneToBullets: For once, it's the heroes (and at least once, this fact figured into a tragic plot point) although heavy artillery is worrisome, as is acid.

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* ImmuneToBullets: For once, it's the heroes (and at least once, this fact figured into a tragic plot point) although heavy artillery is worrisome, as is acid.acid or anything made out of an identical material.



* MundaneUtility: {{Inverted|Trope}} KITT's trunk usually has a bomb put in it when it's about to explode.



* PutOnABus: At the end of the Season 1, Patricia McPherson, having disagreements with producer Robert Foster, was fired. So, during Season 2, Bonnie was never seen or mentioned. However, due to the fan reaction, and lobbying by David Hasselhoff and Edward Mulhare, McPherson then returned for Season 3. The season's opener explains that Bonnie had went back to college to continue her studies. Though Bonnie insists throughout the episode that she won't return to the Foundation, by the end she finally does, and would stay for the remainder of the series.

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* PutOnABus: At the end of the Season 1, Patricia McPherson, [=McPherson=], having disagreements with producer Robert Foster, was fired. So, during Season 2, Bonnie was never seen or mentioned. However, due to the fan reaction, and lobbying by David Hasselhoff and Edward Mulhare, McPherson [=McPherson=] then returned for Season 3. The season's opener explains that Bonnie had went back to college to continue her studies. Though Bonnie insists throughout the episode that she won't return to the Foundation, by the end she finally does, and would stay for the remainder of the series.series.
* RealityEnsues:
** Yeah KITT, how ''are'' you going to get down from [[spoiler:an apartment three floors off the ground?]]
** As nice as being MadeOfIndestructium is, even materials that protect you from ''nearly everything'' does have some weaknesses.



* RobotBuddy: I hope you figured it out by now.

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* RobotBuddy: I hope you figured it out by now.Guess who.



* SapientSteed

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* SapientSteedSapientSteed: A snarky, talking car.



* ShoutOut: KITT's scanner was lifted from the Cylons of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}''. Not surprising, however, as both programs were created and produced by Glen A. Larson. In fact, there's an episode of the original ''Battlestar Galactica'' called ''The Long Patrol'' that features an Artificial Intelligent controlled Viper that has a voice modular that moves when she speaks. And her name is also made up of an abbreviation.

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* ShoutOut: ShipTease: KITT, with all things, a female synthesised voice used for a medical database. Michael even jokes that [[SubvertedTrope "she's not his type".]]
* ShoutOut:
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KITT's scanner was lifted from the Cylons of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}''. Not surprising, however, as both programs were created and produced by Glen A. Larson. In fact, there's an episode of the original ''Battlestar Galactica'' called ''The Long Patrol'' that features an Artificial Intelligent controlled Viper that has a voice modular that moves when she speaks. And her name is also made up of an abbreviation.



** One episode of the original series takes place at a film studio; in reality, the UniversalStudiosHollywood backlot. Michael and KITT drive past the Clock Tower and Courthouse Square from Film/BackToTheFuture, and KITT remotely controls the mechanical shark Bruce from Jaws (complete with theme music).

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** One episode of the original series takes place at a film studio; in reality, the UniversalStudiosHollywood Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. Michael and KITT drive past the Clock Tower and Courthouse Square from Film/BackToTheFuture, and KITT remotely controls the mechanical shark Bruce from Jaws (complete with theme music).


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* SmugSnake: The ArcVillain of an episode is usually this. One notable example is [[HateSink the leader of the New Dawn terrorist movement]], who hijacks a plane full of people and holds them hostage in exchange of several prisoners released to create an army. He gloats about executing the hostages (especially Bonnie), constantly reminds the hostages that there "is no hope", and is last seen taunting Michael by claiming it's too late to save the hostages from being killed by a doomsday device after Michael gets the disarming key off him. It's pretty obvious to know what happens next.
6th Mar '18 8:35:40 AM Someoneman
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* [[SparedByTheAdaptation Spared by the]] {{Novelization}}: In the pilot, [[spoiler: KITT saves Michael's life when [[BigBad Tanya]] tries to finish him off by rapidly closing the bulletproof windows as she fires; the bullet ricochets into her chest and kills her.]] In the novel based on the pilot, [[spoiler: Tanya is [[LaserGuidedKarma shot in the face instead]] but survives.]]

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* [[SparedByTheAdaptation Spared by the]] {{Novelization}}: SparedByTheAdaptation: In the pilot, [[spoiler: KITT saves Michael's life when [[BigBad Tanya]] tries to finish him off by rapidly closing the bulletproof windows as she fires; the bullet ricochets into her chest and kills her.]] [[{{Novelization}} In the novel based on the pilot, pilot]], [[spoiler: Tanya is [[LaserGuidedKarma shot in the face instead]] but survives.]]
27th Jan '18 9:26:32 PM rjd1922
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* Around November/December 2015, a series of teaser trailers(from [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdKfYaWZ5PSxQ3HhtBuzaPg/videos Knight Industries Media Inc.]]) emerged for a new project called ''Knight Rider Heroes'', starring Hasselhoff and Anthony Marcus.


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* Around November/December 2015, a series of teaser trailers(from trailers (from [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdKfYaWZ5PSxQ3HhtBuzaPg/videos Knight Industries Media Inc.]]) emerged for a new project called ''Knight Rider Heroes'', starring Hasselhoff and Anthony Marcus.




Unfortunately, the ratings did not improve enough after the retooling (a steady average of 5.5 million viewers), and despite [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff strong international interest]] and high numbers of video stream viewing and episode downloads, NBC failed to include the show in their official Fall 2009 line-up.#

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Unfortunately, the ratings did not improve enough after the retooling (a steady average of 5.5 million viewers), and despite [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff strong international interest]] and high numbers of video stream viewing and episode downloads, NBC failed to include the show in their official Fall 2009 line-up.#
27th Dec '17 7:25:36 AM Origin
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** On the subject of KITT's speed - and showing the show's age somewhat - as time (and automotive technology) has progressed, KITT's ticking digital speedometer - specifically, its ''readout'' - has become less outlandish and simply "high-speed" by today's standards. Often, the speedo was seen ticking up towards the mid-to-high 300s (presumably KPH), while hypercars such as the Bugatti Veyron (and Chiron) have posted top speeds north of ''400''.
18th Dec '17 9:52:31 AM Brady515
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* NoEnding: Both the TV shows.

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* NoEnding: Both the TV shows. Well, "The Scent of Roses" could count as the final episode of the original series, as David Hasselhoff wanted it. However, because it was too dark, it would have made too much a DownerEnding, so NBC chose to air "Voodoo Knight" as the final episode instead.
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