This character sheet is for the original ''Series/KnightRider'' series.



!'''Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff)'''
Michael Arthur Long (born January 9, 1949 according to his tombstone) is an undercover Los Angeles police detective who, while working on a espionage case in Las Vegas, is shot in the face and nearly killed. Wilton Knight, creator of FLAG, directs his doctors to save Long's life and reconstruct his face. With his new identity, "Michael Knight", Long is provided with high tech crime-fighting equipment, most notably the car nicknamed KITT.

* BadassNormal: Michael is a normal non-super-powered man, whose exploits include special ops missions in Vietnam and time as a competent and respected police officer.
* BerserkButton: While Michael is normally a cool and collected man, threatening to (or actually managing to) harm KITT or Bonnie will usually elicit this response. Also, [[spoiler:killing Stevie sure pushed it.]]
* TheCharmer
* ChickMagnet: Try naming one episode when he didn't have a girl by the ending.
* ChivalrousPervert: While he does seem to ''get around'' a lot, Michael is quite respectful of women.
* DespairEventHorizon: In the episode ''Junk Yard Dogs'', after he watches KITT being pulled up from the toxic waste pool with all his paint ''bleached'' off and his insides eaten out.
** The episode [[spoiler:''The Scent of Roses'' was, if possible, even worse for him with the death of Stevie.]]
* {{Determinator}}
* EthicalSlut: Michael has a lot of romantic relationships, responding quite openly to invitations by ladies, [[FriendsWithBenefits and appears to remain on good terms with them afterwards]], as long as no one is getting hurt or it's inappropriate. He's also very gallant and charming about it and on the rare chance that the relationship develops into something serious (e.g. Stevie), he takes it very seriously.
* TheKirk
* LeeroyJenkins: What some fans think of him. Many think KITT's the real star.
* MadeOfIron: Well, part of his head's got a metal plate. Does that count?
* PlatonicLifePartners: With KITT.
* ReallyGetsAround: No lady is immune to his charms, not even villainesses.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Bonnie.

!'''K.I.T.T. (William Daniels)'''
KITT '''Knight Industries Two Thousand''' is the artificial intelligence of the autonomous car with whom Michael Knight is partnered. KITT was designed by the late Wilton Knight, a brilliant but eccentric billionaire and founder of the Foundation for Law and Government or (FLAG).

* BattleButler
* CoolCar: He ''is'' the cool car.
* HeroicBSOD: He was pretty badly traumatized for a while in ''Junkyard Dog''.
* HypercompetentSidekick
* InsufferableGenius: He knows how remarkable he is, to the point that he's undeniably proud, sometimes vain, and even a little stuck-up (though he'll put aside his ego to get a job done.)
* TheJeeves: To Michael.
* LogicalWeakness: Not many things can stop KITT, but his being a car does give him a few weaknesses. For example, there's one episode in which the bad guys stop him by putting him on a car lift.
* MadeOfIndestructium: His "molecularly-bonded shell."
* MeaningfulName: The '''Knight Industries Two Thousand'''.
* NighInvulnerability: Only a few things can damage him.
* NoHeroToHisValet
* RobotBuddy: Robot-''car''-buddy.
* ServileSnarker: He doesn't snark too much, but he does snark Michael pretty good.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Most noticeable in ''Junkyard Dog''.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Michael and Bonnie.
* VanityLicensePlate: His reads KNIGHT.

!'''Devon Miles (Edward Mulhare)'''
The director of FLAG, who appears in nearly every episode to provide mission details to Michael and KITT. He's also the spokesman for FLAG whenever it came under scrutiny. In his youth, made quite a name for himself racing motorcycles in the Tourist Trophy races. Was a member of the Royal Air Force.

Devon was a member of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during World War II, serving under a Commander Smythe. Went undercover in occupied France as 'Valentino' the knife thrower as part of Gunther Major's circus for three months.

* BadassGrandpa: [[DownplayedTrope Not very over-the-top about it]] (save the few times he's in the field), but he was once a solider and even while imprisoned made several escape attempts.
* BenevolentBoss: He's willing to put up with a lot of Michael's antics with a (relatively) good attitude.
* BritishStuffiness: Even though Mulhare [[FakeBrit wasn't British]]
* ByTheBookCop: He prefers to follow the rules, unfortunately Michael doesn't always go by the book.
* TheConscience
* CoolOldGuy
* DeadpanSnarker: In a gentlemanly way, of course.
* {{Foil}}: To Michael. He's well-mannered, level-headed, intellectual, and tends to stay out of the action, contrasting Michael's young and cowboyish personality.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: Extremely intelligent. Extremely proper.
* GoodIsNotNice: A minor version near the beginning of the series. He wasn't mean or a jerk, just very serious and snobbish. He could just as easily be a nice guy, and he got better as the series progressed.
* HeroesRUs: Head of the '''F'''oundation for '''L'''aw '''A'''nd '''G'''overnment.
* MissionControl: He's often found in the FLAG truck.
* NonActionGuy
* NonActionSnarker
* NotSoDifferent: He and Wilton Knight have the same relationship Michael and Kitt have.

!'''Dr. Bonnie Barstow (Patricia [=McPherson=])'''
She serves as KITT's chief technician and serves as romantic tension for Michael. She left for a year to pursue graduate studies, claiming she'd gotten fed up. She was replaced during that time by April Curtis, another Knight Industries System Engineer.

* AlliterativeName: '''B'''onnie '''B'''arstow.
* BadassBookworm
* BrainyBrunette: You need an expert engineer? You got it.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Michael. She's just too proud and stubborn to admit it.
* GadgeteerGenius: Single-handedly manages to rig up a sophisticated (for the time) experimental laser, with the sole purpose of defeating KARR. While it didn't stop KARR, that wasn't her fault.
* HotScientist
* MamaBear: Basically the reason for her initial hostility towards Michael is that she's very protective of KITT.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Has a soft spot for 80's arcade games.
* OmniscientDatabase: Her computer always seems to have what's needed at the right time.
* PutOnABus: Was absent from the show during the second season, when April was the chief mechanic in her place. This is later explained as her having some kind of falling-out with FLAG.
* {{Technobabble}}
* TeamMom: Especially to KITT.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tough as nails when she wanted to be, but also had amicable social moments.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Michael. In the end [[spoiler: they sadly never get over themselves]].

!'''April Curtis (Rebecca Holden)'''
The chief mechanic for KITT in Season two. She temporarily replaced Bonnie Barstow, who claimed she'd never come back to the Foundation. [[spoiler:Of course, she did eventually.]]

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Nobody seemed to care that Bonnie pretty much kicked her out of the office when she got back.
* TheChick
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome
* FauxActionGirl: Even more so than Bonnie.
* HotScientist
* PutOnABus: And ''never'' heard from again.
* SatelliteCharacter
* SexySecretary
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The nice Bonnie.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Of the non-dying variety, it would have been interesting to see the show handled an April vs. Bonnie rivalry.

!'''Reginald Cornelius III aka [=RC3=] (Peter Parros)'''
Introduced in Season Four, he became the new Driver of the FLAG mobile unit and the occasional {{sidekick}} for Michael and KITT.

* BlackAndNerdy: Boy is he nerdy!
* TheEngineer
* GadgeteerGenius: On par with Bonnie, he and his gang were able to rebuild KITT practically from scratch.
* GeniusDitz
* GreaseMonkey: Comes from working on motorcycles all the time.
* MrFixit
* HeroicWannabe: Wanted to "clean up the streets" when he was younger, even came up with the superhero name ''"Street Avenger"'' and carried around a rubber assault rifle to scare crooks.
* PluckyComicRelief: Sometimes he can be a bit too plucky, crossing over into "just plain annoying".
* TheSmartGuy
* TeenGenius: Despite all his eccentricities, [=RC3=] is a genuine mechanical genius.
* TokenMinority: Accused of being as much by fans.


[[folder:'''Memorable Villains''']]

Most of the series villains were [[OneShotCharacter One Shot Characters]] due to the lack of any kind of over-arcing storylines for the series. Here are some villains who actually did pop up more than once.

!'''K.A.R.R. (Creator/PeterCullen''' in ''Trust Doesn't Rust''; '''Creator/PaulFrees''' in ''K.I.T.T. VS. K.A.R.R.'')
KARR is the prototype version of KITT, originally designed by Wilton Knight and built by his company Knight Industries. Upon completion of the vehicle, KARR's CPU was installed and activated. However, a programming error made the computer unstable and potentially dangerous. The project was put on hold and KARR was placed in storage until a solution could be found. Unlike KITT, whose primary directive is to protect human life, KARR is programmed for self-preservation, making him a ruthless and unpredictable threat.

* AIIsACrapShoot
* BackFromTheDead: Explained in K.I.T.T. VS K.A.R.R.
* BigBrotherBully: Was built before KITT and while the subject doesn't come up often, would often call KITT an "inferior production-line model".
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: In ''Trust Doesn't Rust'' KARR is not really evil but more concerned with self-preservation. If people happen to be in the way, well, too bad. However, the two who reactivate KARR use KARR for evil purposes.
* DeathIsCheap: Pops up in the episode K.I.T.T. VS K.A.R.R. without so much as a scratch on his paint job.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* ManipulativeBastard: Always seemed to have a knack for knowing exactly what to say to people.
* MeaningfulName: A car named [[ShapedLikeItself KARR]], get it?
* PsychoPrototype
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In K.I.T.T. VS K.A.R.R.
* ShadowArchetype: To KITT.
* SealedEvilInACan: He's found deactivated in an old Knight Industries warehouse and two bums make the mistake of hopping inside and driving off with him.
* TakingYouWithMe: Attempts this in ''K.I.T.T. vs K.A.R.R.''

!'''Garthe Knight (David Hasselhoff)'''
Wilton's biological son, at the time of Michael's surgery, Garthe was imprisoned in Africa. Believing that his son would never be seen again, Wilton had Michael's face modeled after Garthe's.

* BerserkButton: Several, but Michael's mere existence is a big one.
** Michael usually defeats him by manipulating his reliably short fuse and infuriating him into making a mistake.
* BlackSheep: Garthe thinks his father made Michael into the son he'd always wanted.
* BeardOfEvil: His goatee.
* CainAndAbel: Garthe's appearances in the series have always come down to a personal confrontation between himself and Michael. Which is interesting in the fact that they're not actually related.
* EvilCounterpart: To Michael, obviously.
* EvilGloating: Garthe loves his monologuing...perhaps a bit too much.
* EvilIsHammy
* EvilSoundsDeep: Has a considerably deeper voice than Michael
* FakeGuestStar: David Hasselhoff, who already plays Michael Knight.
* {{Jerkass}}
* MommasBoy: Accused of being as much by Michael.
* RevengeBeforeReason
* SmokingIsCool: He even blows smoke rings!
* ItsPersonal
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Just like with the gloating, way too much. And their almost always directed towards Michael.
* TheUnfavorite: In his own mind, this is how he thinks his father saw him. It probably doesn't help that he learns Wilton re-made Michael's face in "his" own image, ops.



!'''Wilton Knight (Richard Basehart)'''
A self-made millionaire and the founder of the '''F'''oundation for '''L'''aw '''A'''nd '''G'''overnment (FLAG). After Michael Long is shot in the face, Wilton Knight rescues him and has his doctors save his life and give him a new face and new identity as Michael Knight. Wilton was always a firm believer in the philosophy that "One Man Can Make a Difference".

* BigGood: Founder of the, '''F'''oundation for '''L'''aw '''A'''nd '''G'''overnment.
* TheChooserOfTheOne: He gave Michael the new identity, and the new car.
* CoolOldGuy
* DeathByOriginStory: He died ''just'' after giving KITT to Michael.
* KnightInShiningArmour
* ParentalSubstitute: More like Michael was his "Child-Substitute".
* [[SinsOfOurFathers Sins Of Our Sons]]: Garthe, was a ''very'' bad son.
* TakeUpMySword: Asked Michael to continue his work in helping "the little guy".
* WeHelpTheHelpless: The Foundation.

!'''Elizabeth Knight (Barbara Rush)'''
Wife to Mr. Wilton Knight, and mother to Garthe and Jennifer Knight. [[spoiler:She secretly helped her son Garthe, who had been imprisoned in Africa while serving ''three'' life sentences, to escape back to the U.S. She wanted to kill Michael Knight for trying to ''take'' her son's place and destroy FLAG for not helping her son. In all honesty, this lady should be in the villains section!]]

* AlmightyMom: For whatever else she is, she's one mom ''I'd'' never want to cross.
* AlphaBitch
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She's got a ''really'' nasty smile SlasherSmile.
* DotingParent: [[spoiler:To Garthe.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:Again, Garthe.]]
* FemmeFatale
* ManipulativeBitch: Is she ever.
* PimpedOutDress: Always wore gaudy outfits just to show how rich she was.
* PutOnABus: Unlike her son. [[spoiler:Garthe indicated that she may have passed away.]]
* TheUnfettered: [[spoiler:Oh, I have to kill a few people to make my son happy? No problem.]]

!'''Jennifer Knight (Mary Kate [=McGeehan=])'''
Wilton Knight's daughter. She seems to have been in charge of Knight Industries' more ''profitable'' operations since her father passed away. Little is known about her except that she's always been afraid of her brother and mother, with good reason.

* BrokenBird
* DarkAndTroubledPast: It looks like Garthe's never going to win the "Brother of the Year Award".
* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Michael.
* FreudianExcuse: With a [[ThoseTwoBadGuys mother and brother]] like hers, who could blame her?
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:After Michael saves everyone, including her. She warms up to him, even calling him a brother.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* NotSoStoic: She ''claims'' that firing Michael and ending FLAG will cut down costs, [[spoiler:when she's really just plain scared of Michael turning out to be like Garthe.]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* SpoiledBrat: She certainly comes across as one.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: FLAG costs too much money? [[spoiler: [[DisproportionateRetribution cut their funding]].]]

!'''Stephanie "Stevie" March Mason (Catherine Hickland)'''
The woman who was once a close friend to ''Michael Long'', Stevie - as she's known - was once engaged to Michael, unfortunately Stephanie thinks he's dead. She eventually discovers the truth, and the pair eventually marry in the episode "Scent of Roses" [[spoiler:on the same day she's killed.]]

* AscendedExtra: One of the ''very'' few love interests who actually makes more than one appearance in the series.
* TheBusCameBack
* CartwrightCurse
* DistressedDamsel: How she's first introduced.
* FlatCharacter: Other than being Michael's former fiance, there isn't much else to say.
* TheHeart
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:With Michael, very briefly.]]
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:Again, ''very'' briefly.]]
* TooHappyToLive