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->''"A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in the world of criminals who operate above the law...''

->''Michael Knight. A lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world... of the Knight Rider."''

A fairly simple concept about [[MyHorseIsAMotorbike a modern cowboy with his horse being the coolest of '80s cars, the Pontiac Trans Am.]] The original series aired on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1982-1986.

Police officer Michael Long was wounded when he interfered with criminal activities. His face scarred and everyone thinking he is dead, he accepts an offer by an eccentric millionaire to have his [[MagicPlasticSurgery identity changed and his face reconstructed]]. In return he becomes a high-tech vigilante dealing with criminals who operate above the law. The man behind this offer is Wilton Knight, the owner of Knight Industries. Wilton strongly believes that one man (Michael) can make a difference.

Accepting the challenge, Michael Long becomes Michael Knight. To aid him, he is given a car -- and what a car it is! So much horsepower it can't be measured, every electronic device imaginable and then some, impervious to anything short of heavy artillery -- and controlled by an Artificial Intelligence with the voice of William Daniels. The '''K'''night '''I'''ndustries '''T'''wo '''T'''housand -- "KITT" -- was the ''real'' star of the show; Creator/DavidHasselhoff's Michael was simply a plot device used to give the car something to do and someone to banter with. In fact, according to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, the show was created in response to a perceived lack of leading men who could act, with then NBC Entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff suggesting that a talking car could fill in the gaps in any leading man's acting abilities.

Backed by the secretive Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG), Michael and KITT pursue a never-ending crusade against, well, [[MonsterOfTheWeek just about anybody who seems to be a bad guy that week]], defeating them with a turbo boost, a microwave zap, and the durability of a front line heavy battle tank.

For the final season, KITT was given the ability to transform into an armored high-speed mode, and also given a convertible top to showcase Pontiac's new convertible Trans Am. Although the ProductPlacement is obvious (and the show referred to the car as a Trans Am early on) the brand-name drop was eliminated at the request of Pontiac, as buyers were asking for options that weren't actually available on production models. Thereafter the car was referred to by bystanders simply as a "black T-top."

Few people would argue that the show was intellectual, but it thrived on the RuleOfCool and Hasselhoff's suave performance. Not only that, it was a good family show, essentially aimed towards children yet dressed up as adult fare.

Much like ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', it had IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming with "Knight" as a pun: "Knight of the Phoenix", "A Good Knight's Work", etc.

Not to be confused with ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''. Or with Creator/GeorgeARomero's ''Knightriders''.

Here's a [[Characters/KnightRider character sheet]] for the original series.

[[Recap/{{Knightrider}} Recap page under construction]].

The show has been revived (or attempted to be) several times:
* 1991 with the TV movie ''Knight Rider 2000'', which was mostly the same concept but had KITT transferred into a Pontiac Banshee concept car. Despite high ratings it never materialized into a series, probably because the TV movie was set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and a series based on that would have been too expensive.
* 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.
* 1997 had a new full-fledged series, ''Series/TeamKnightRider''. Lasted a season as a part of the ''Creator/ActionPack'' and had a small fleet of intelligent cars.
* 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.

'''Knight Rider 2008'''

In 2008 a feature-length PilotMovie aired in February, featuring an assortment of B to C list actors, and [[EverybodyOwnsAFord a lot of]] [[ProductPlacement Fords.]] Fan reaction varied heavily, some feeling it was at worst mediocre with others feeling like it was a total trainwreck. Most felt it was, at the least, more faithful to the feel of the original. Also universally appreciated was ignoring the past attempts at [[{{revival}} reviving]] the concept. Ratings were solid though, and NBC ordered it to series, premiering in September. Some fans have nicknamed it [=KR08=] to differentiate from the original ''Knight Rider''.

The new series features [[RetCon the original designer of KITT, Charles Graiman]], building a new Knight Industries Three Thousand, this time as a Mustang [=GT500=]. Michael Traceur, former Army Ranger and the estranged son of Michael Knight, follows in his father's footsteps, even taking on the name Michael Knight. Michael also has a long history with Graiman's daughter Sarah, who is part of the new team.

The series struggled with its first half-season, with Michael and KITT commissioned as special agents directed by the FBI rather than the "wandering cowboy" angle. NBC has also gone back and forth on how many new episodes it wants. A major {{retool}} was done with episodes 11-12 being a "bridge" to the new concept. Excessive characters were dropped and the show moved back to the "man and his car" formula of the original series. The fandom is still divided on the show's quality, but the retooled episodes were better received.

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.#
!!The franchise provides examples of:

* AdventureTowns
* AIIsACrapShoot: KITT vs. KARR.
* AlmostLethalWeapons
* ArrestedForHeroism: In several episodes, efforts to stop a bad guy landed Michael in jail and KITT in police impound.
* ATeamFiring
* AutomatedAutomobiles: KITT and KARR are the {{Trope Codifier}}s.
* BackdoorPilot: The episode "Mouth of the Snake" introduced one David Dalton (a Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan of sorts) who was going to be the star of his own series, but the idea never panned out.
* BadHabits: "The Ice Bandits".
* BailEqualsFreedom: Used frequently in the original series, whenever Michael gets in trouble with the law the Foundation will bail him out. At one point a law enforcement officer who's trying to make trouble for Michael even explicitly invokes the idea that one day he'll get something to stick on him and no one will be able to bail him out (after already arresting him, Michael is currently out on bail for that charge).
* BashBrothers: About the best you can get when one of the partners is a car.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Rather famously, the interior set of FLAG's mobile semi-truck base was far larger than the actual trailer.
* BilingualBonus: Perhaps not even intentional, but KARR-E or "Karre" is a very derogative term for a run-down car in German.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Michael Long's partner, a black man named Muncie, is the first person killed ''in the entire franchise.''
* BloodlessCarnage: Sometimes averted in the new series...they tried to keep it to family friendly levels.
* 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.
* BuddyCopShow: Variation -- vigilante and car.
* TheBusCameBack: Bonnie in season 3.
* CallBack: KITT's electronic "eye" is one to the Cylons' "eyes" from [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Battlestar Galactica]], another Glen A. Larson series.
* CannotTellAJoke: On at least one occasion, KITT tried to entertain Michael with pre-programmed jokes. He ended up completely messing them up, which wasn't too surprising ... but as it ended up, [[spoiler:it was his badly-told jokes that saved Michael's life.]]
* CarMeetsHouse
* CarSkiing: KITT has a dashboard function called "Ski Mode" that allows him to do this maneuver.
* ChaseScene: Basically every single episode ever, not surprisingly.
* ChekhovsGun: KITT's mechanic often installs a new feature in an episode and it usually becomes a lifesaver later in the story.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: April Curtis, Bonnie's stand-in for Season 2 of the original season. Subverted with Bonnie, whose disappearance never had a reason until her return in Season 3, then double subverted in the final episode, where she does not appear.
* 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.
* ContinuityPorn: Inversion: The '''lack of''' said continuity between the 1982 and 2008 series is a major source of fan disappointment.
** It may also be the reason ''Team Knight Rider'' didn't catch on with more of the KR fandom.
** Some fans, however, enjoy speculation and FanFiction dealing with the above subjects.
* CoolCar: ''The'' cool car, second only to the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batmobile]], by which all others are measured.
* CoolGarage: The Rook, a semi tractor-trailer truck that KITT can board with it in motion that is fully equipped for servicing the car and has office space for Devon.
* DarkIsNotEvil: KITT, all black, was one good guy vehicle in the show, as also the black Foundation Mobile Unit (the semi-truck out of which FLAG operated). KARR, when completely evil and wicked, wanted to 'alter his appearance' and turned half-white. Goliath was a villain's truck, and grey, but not black. Some other cars, like the Dagger DX (golden yellow) and the Ferret (red), were villain cars that were not coloured black.
* DeadpanSnarker: "[=KI2T=]"; "[=KI3T=]" will get there with time.
** It should be noted that in the ''Knight Rider 2000'' TV movie, after having been shut down and then brought back online years later only to discover that his "body" had been disassembled, KITT was much more snarky and, on several occasions, downright rude. Understandable, really...
* DrivingIntoATruck: The TropeCodifier.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early in the first season, Turbo Boost was only a short-duration speed boost, not the jump it soon developed into. KITT's "speech" panel was also different - a solid block of color, rather than the bars. (Also, Michael was more clearly the protagonist and KITT less emotional)
* EccentricMillionaire: Wilton Knight used his Knight Foundation fortune to fund Michael Knight and FLAG's war on crime. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Sound familiar?]]
* ElectronicSpeechImpediment: In one episode, KITT's voice becomes abnormally slow and deep as he [[spoiler: resists killing Michael despite orders from a villain he's been reprogrammed to obey.]]
** KITT's voice would sound abnormally deep and slow whenever he was badly damaged, this was usually a sure sign that the situation was dire.
** His voice turns abnormally deep and slow when reprogrammed by a rogue FLAG member in the fourth season. [[spoiler:This reprogramming is found far more effective than the earlier attempt.]]
* TheEndOrIsIt: After apparently being destroyed at the end of episode "KITT vs. KARR" in the original series, in the ending the camera pans over KARR's twisted and burnt wreckage, eventually pausing on a small computer module with still-blinking lights.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Garthe Knight is rotten to the core, [[MommasBoy but he always does as his mother asks]].
* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Pontiacs, in this case.
* EvilSoundsDeep: KARR, thanks to Creator/PeterCullen, a master of this trope. Also when Creator/PaulFrees did the voice of KARR.
** David Hasselhoff would lower the tone of his voice an octave whenever he played Garthe Knight.
** A similar effect shows up when a MasterOfDisguise villain shows up disguised as Michael, in front of Michael himself, in Season 3 (''Knight of the Chameleon'').
* EvilTwin: Five of them: Garthe Knight to Michael Knight, KARR to KITT, Goliath to KITT, Devon Miles' masked imposter, and KARR-E to "[=KI3T=]".
** Though in both Garthe and KARR's cases it's a case of the good ones being mirrors of the evil/morally ambiguous originals, and Goliath was more of an EvilCounterpart (and its arguable whether it was even that, since unlike KITT it had no AI running it).
*** Thus, it could be said that Goliath is more of an evil twin/counterpart to the Rook, the FLAG semi.
* {{Fanservice}}: Very, very sparingly, mostly in beach scenes. Two major examples, however, were ''Knight of the Chameleon'', which had gratuitous shots of Arabian-styled belly dancers, and ''Many Happy Returns'', when Michael (on his birthday) was sought by the GirlOfTheWeek in a two-piece swimsuit.
* FantasticRacism: KITT is prejudiced against motorcycles. Not against the rider, against the vehicle. This is played for laughs. During the motocross episode, he takes umbrage at being outmaneuvered by a "two-wheeled tarantula".
* FlawedPrototype: KARR, who believes itself to be a SuperPrototype. Flawed part coming from the fact that it has no sense of right and wrong, otherwise it largely has the same strengths and weaknesses as KITT.
* FrickinLaserBeams: KITT has one.
* FunWithAcronyms: Knight Industries Two-Thousand: KITT. Knight Automated Roving Robot: KARR. Foundation for Law and Government: FLAG. And several more.
* 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.
--> Did it move for you too?
* GirlOfTheWeek
* GranolaGirl: Played with the (male) character David Dalton. A man who insists on [[TheTeetotaler never drinking any alcohol]], is seen almost constantly exercising... and thinks cookies are like poison.
* HeartDrive: KITT's CPU. Without it, his body is just a really souped-up car.
* HeroesRUs: The Foundation for Law and Government.
* 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.
* AnInsert
* InsistentTerminology: In the episode where he first appears, KARR refuses to address KITT by name, instead calling him an "inferior production-line copy."
* IsNothingSacred: The 1980s episode "The Nineteenth Hole". The town of Marberry is more exciting than they expected.
-->'''Michael Knight:''' A quiet peaceful retirement community? [snip] It seems to me, Marberry has changed its image, partner.
-->'''K.I.T.T.:''' None for the better if you ask me. Is nothing sacred? Isn't there anywhere safe from [[HypocriticalHumor fast cars]] and rock 'n roll?
* ItIsDehumanizing: Michael initially refused to call KITT "he", treating him as just a machine in "Knight of the Phoenix". This would occasionally come up again with passengers and villains.
* IWorkAlone: Michael and KITT once encountered a government agent who was working on the same case as they were. He stated this literally word-for-word.
--> '''Michael''': Well me too but I don't make a religion out of it!
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Done humorously in "The Scent of Roses" by KITT using the song "As Time Goes By."
* {{Leitmotif}}: "White Bird" for Stevie.
* MadeOfIndestructium: KITT's hull is molecularly bonded with a material called Tri-Helical Plasteel 1000 MBS, which is apparently a material that makes the car arguably tougher than a frontline heavy battle tank. Furthermore, it must be infused with KITT's entire car structure to explain why he is never worried about its integrity after all the jumps he makes.
* MagicalSecurityCam: Due to heavy reliance on StockFootage, recordings in the show's universe are often from previous episodes (or even the same episode.) Also, when KITT plays back footage he recorded with his cameras, the angle usually doesn't match up at all with where KITT actually was when the event occurred.
* MagicPlasticSurgery: Happens in the very first episode. Averted in [=KR08=] - the FBI merely fakes Michael Long's death, after which he takes on the name Michael Knight.
* ManipulativeBastard: During his second appearance in the original series, KARR effortlessly manipulates the lives of an average joe and his girlfriend to lure in Michael and KITT.
* MasterOfDisguise: ''Knights of the Chameleon'' had such a villain, who used it to good effect. ''Killer K.I.T.T.'' had one woman, disguised as Bonnie, able to fool KITT and insert a chip in him to reprogram him.
* MirrorMatch: KITT and KARR.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Most of the show is done in this format, with very few villains resurfacing for another round.
* MoralityChip: KITT's ObstructiveCodeOfConduct is the preservation of human life, a leading factor of his friendly personality. KARR lacks this: his compulsion is instead '''self'''-preservation - ultimately, at the expense of everything and everyone else.
* MrExposition: Particularly in episodes where the action takes place inside of a building, KITT rattles off so much exposition about the current situation that he sometimes doesn't even give other people a chance to talk before switching subjects.
* 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.
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: KITT in both series was pretty well aware of the hormone levels of his driver around certain women.
* NoEnding: Both the TV shows.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: At the end of "Trust Doesn't Rust," KARR explodes after plunging off a cliff into the ocean. In "KITT vs. KARR," KARR reappers after being recovered by a couple that find him under the sand on a beach not worse a scratch, despite, again, having been clearly shown to be ''blown to pieces'' in "Trust Doesn't Rust."
* NoSeatBelts: Michael never seemed to wear a seat belt, odd considering how often he would have KITT turboboost or crash through walls.
** The "Passive Laser Restraint System" was implied to be an inertial dampening system that made seat belts unnecessary.
* ObviousStuntDouble: The show had lots of scenes where David Hasslehoff's stunt double was used, mostly driving scenes but also some brawls. The stunt double's head often had a comically big silhouette due to an afro-like hairstyle.
* OffTheShelfFX: Several of the original series's Turbo Boost shots were done with Matchbox cars. A discerning eye might notice the bright red "KNIGHT 2000" lettering on the sides of the car -- present on licensed merchandise, but ''not on the show''.
** Jossed. They DID use scale models for some stunts, but they were custom-built models roughly in 1/10 scale. Some of them were badly built, but none had the "Knight 2000" lettering.
* OnceAnEpisode: KITT's turbo boost function being used, at least in the original series. It's less a speed boost then a RampJump. [[CoolCar Without necessarily having a ramp.]]
* OverDrive: ("[=KI2T=]"'s Super Pursuit Mode, "[=KI3T=]"'s Attack Mode)
* PoliceAreUseless: The local police usually provide no help at all (and sometimes even get in the way), either because they're corrupt or too dangerous to contact. (State police and/or the FBI are usually brought in by the end, though.)
* PresentCompanyExcluded: In the episode "Deadly Maneuvers"
-->'''Michael Knight''': Well, these computer things are just a waste of time anyway.
-->'''K.I.T.T.''': Ahum.
-->'''Michael Knight''': Oh, present company excluded, of course.
* PsychoPrototype: KARR.
* PutOnABus: Bonnie in Season 2 of the original.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: While the technology that Wilton Knight produced can be extremely dangerous (KARR, the times when someone has taken over KITT or used KITT's body), they are overlooking one important thing- Wilton Knight built a self-driving car. Build a normal car without the [[NighInvulnerability Molecular Bondage Shell]] or the other gadgets his supercars have (like Turbo Boost or Microwave Jammer), maybe even dumb down the AI a bit (where the AI can still drive but it can't play trivia games). Now you have a vehicle that can drive itself with a 0% error rate and can take over driving if the operator cannot. Traffic accidents? Gone. Driver falls asleep at the wheel? No problem. Driver is intoxicated or is under the influence of drugs? The car can drive them home. It really flies in the face of "one man can make a difference" when fighting "criminals above the law" seeing as how KITT and Michael help just one person a week, when this technology can save hundreds in a '''day'''. The only explanation why this occurs is when Devon explains to Michael that Wilton didn't allow his technology to be used is because some tech from Wilton had been stolen in the past.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Michael has shades of this, though he doesn't know it till later; when Wilton Knight selects him to be FLAG's agent and gives him reconstructive surgery, he makes him look exactly like Wilton's estranged son, then serving a life sentence in prison.
* RoadBlock: Generally exist so they can be turbo boosted over.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Michael in "The Scent of Roses."
* RobotBuddy: I hope you figured it out by now.
* SameContentDifferentRating: For some unknown reason, El Rey's airing of the show has been given a TV-14 rating despite other networks presenting it as "TV-PG", even though there's hardly (if ever) anything graphic in the show.[[note]]And this was when some primetime shows were starting to push the envelope.[[/note]]Yes, there are some deaths (including one in the very first episode), but overall, there really isn't anything that would deserve a TV-14 rating.[[note]]Which could be in line with how El Rey [[PanderingToTheBase is trying to present itself]].[[/note]]
* SapientSteed
* 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.
** In one of the final episodes, Michael, [=RC3=] and KITT have to unseat a military government (which took office in a military coup) in a Central American country, which is threatened by a volcano. Devon informs them, "[[Series/MissionImpossible As someone once said, if you or one of your people will be caught or captured, the Foundation will disavow any knowledge of your activities]]." How appropriate.
** 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).
* SloMoBigAir: The Turbo Boost.
** Writers thought Turbo Boost was too campy and eighties for the new series. Fans were NOT happy when the Pilot had ''zero'' Turbo Boosts. So the writers put Turbo Boosts back into the new series, despite sticking to their "campy and eighties" argument.
* [[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.]]
* 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"
** The transformations sequences for Super Pursuit Mode. There was one for daylight (the most used) and one for nighttime.
* StupidCrooks: An episode dealing with car theft has a "false alarm" as two crooks attempt to steal the pimped-out K.I.T.T, and quickly prove not to be the professionals Michael is looking for: They're trying to break in using a Philips-head screwdriver instead of a flat one, and [[http://www.atylia.com/images/catalogue/porte-manteau-design-nova-noir-450.jpg this kind]] of coat hanger.
* SurroundedBySmartPeople: A given Michael Knight character is this.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Averted with KITT's color scheme. He's a black car with a red scanner, but he's certainly not evil.
** [[{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}} His windscreen wipers were, but it didn't really come up in the show.]]
* TakeThat: A very blatant example occurs in the first season of the original Knight Rider. The episode features a race between cars running on alternative fuel (KITT's liquid hydrogen included), and one of the cars is an orange Dodge Charger, driven by two stereotypical Southern state villagers, and runs on moonshine. Guess [[Series/TheDukesOfHazzard which show]] this is supposed to be. When the race eventually happens, Michael and KITT first [[spoiler: Turbo Boost way above that car]] and barely halfway into the episode, [[spoiler: the car blows up and nobody inside survives]].
** In an earlier ad before the series began, KITT's specifications are compared to those of a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute suspiciously similar Dodge Charger]], with the tagline "Competition is No Competition".
** Possibly as a response to General Motors not allowing any ProductPlacement and thus keeping the words "Pontiac", "Trans Am" and "Firebird" off limits, KITT has a line in the fourth season praising Henry Ford's choice of colour- which is the same colour as KITT. General Motors advertised multiple colour choices in an era of black Fords.
* TheyFightCrime: A former cop and his talking car.
* ThreeLawsCompliant: Often played straight, but subverted with KARR.
* TinMan: KITT sometimes claims to have no emotions or personality, despite obviously displaying both and openly talking about his feelings now and again.
** [=KI3T=] was a complete robot with no personality. KITT, on the other hand, hated motorcycles, horses, dogs and rock music. The TKR vehicles were almost human.
* TokenMinority: Reginald Cornelius III ([=RC3=]) from the original series. He wasn't [[TheScrappy welcomed by fans]].
* TransformationSequence: ahem... "Super Pursuit Mode"? Or, any of the 2008 series.
* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot
* {{Unobtainium}}: According to the "K.I.T.T. Kit" blueprints -- a mail-in promotional deal for one of the later seasons of the Hasselhoff series -- the car's nigh-indestructible shell was made of "Tri-Helical MBS (Plasteel 1000)".
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: KITT (upgrade) vs. KARR (prototype).
** The new series also includes a battle between the two, but this KARR is actually a TransformingMecha, while KITT can only transform into different cars.
* VanityLicensePlate: KITT's standard tags read KNIGHT (though there is a switch in the cockpit to flip them to an alternative). "[=KI3T=]"'s changes as part of his shapeshifting, but its default tag reads "KR".
** KARR's in the original series read "KARR", which was used to confirm its identity in "KITT vs KARR".
* VehicularSabotage: In one episode, someone tries to ruin an alternative fuel race by sabotaging the vehicles. In another episode, the villain siphons gas from a stunt car in order to sabotage the show. (The same villain tries to tamper with KITT with much less success.)
* VideoPhone: KITT was equipped with one. [=KI3T=] can use the windshield to project a multipart videoconference, to a similar effect.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Adrianne Margeaux, one of the series few recurring villains, wanted a piece of Michael after their first encounter. She thought Garthe might make a good substitute (she later decided he didn't). In a little twist, [[spoiler: [[HighHeelFaceTurn she ends up sacrificing herself to save Michael by taking the wheel from Garthe just before he could ram KITT with Goliath]].]] The twist being that Michael never learns the truth for himself.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Michael and Devon. Michael and KITT also have this dynamic from time to time.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: KITT again, though it's use was limited in the 80's series. In the 2008 series everyone other than KITT and Michael share this role, even though KITT can do it himself making the rest of the cast pretty much redundant.
* WeaponizedCar: The old KITT had lasers and occasionally other systems that he tended to use for defense or minor attacks on key points. The new KITT, to emphasize just how more badass he is, is armed with a laser, rocket launchers and [[MoreDakka three]] [[GatlingGood miniguns]], [[PlotInducedStupidity which typically aren't used when they would actually be useful]].
** The vehicles of Team Knight Rider were armed to the teeth, given the missions they were assigned. Especially the [[CombiningMecha combined form]] of Kat and Plato, which had very conspicuous missile launchers.
* WhamEpisode: Season three (original) had the episode "Junkyard Dog" which not only destroyed KITT, but literally disintegrated him to a bare shell and CPU box with a very small chance of recovery. We'd seen him bashed, smashed and even blown up before, but never eaten from the inside. Seeing the state the car was in after being pulled from the acid suggested that there was absolutely ''[[NoOneCouldSurviveThat no way in hell]]'' KITT could possibly have survived. [[UnexplainedRecovery He had]], of course, but still.
** The episode "Scent of Roses". First off, Michael nearly leaves the Foundation after one bullet to the gut too many. Then they finish the episode by [[spoiler: killing Stevie Mason.]] If Hasslehoff had gotten his wish to make this the final episode of the series, it would've been one helluva DownerEnding.
* WrenchWench: "[=KI2T=]"'s mechanic Bonnie Barstow (replaced in Season 2 by April Curtis but comes back in Season 3)
** Sarah Graiman is "[=KI3T=]"'s mechanic, but because of newer technology, the role is more Webcomic/GirlGenius than WrenchWench.
!!Tropes specifically for the 2008 series:
* ChivalrousPervert: Michael Jr. in [=KR08=].
* CloudCuckooLander: '''Zoe'''
---> (tasting the "blood" from a faked murder) "Tastes like cherry."
* ConspicuousCG: A big topic of debate is the quality of the CG used for [=KI3T's=] transformations. The new turbo boost is also used this way, probably to save on all the prop cars that get smashed doing this stunt.
* CryingIndian: "[=KI3T=]" shows a picture to get Mike to stop littering inside the car.
* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Very definitely Fords. The PilotMovie was practically a commercial for Ford's new Mustang, and in fact had several tie-in ads during the premiere.
* {{Fanservice}}: ''Extremely'' prevalent. Every episode before the retool included a gratuitous breast shot. Not that Deanna Russo (Sarah Graiman) in a bikini or her underwear is a ''bad'' thing, mind you.
* IdiotBall: The 2008 series got off to a '''really''' bad start. Nearly every episode. They are getting better about it, though. [[spoiler:That is, until the series got canned.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia Michael Jr. Amusingly, [[Film/{{Memento}} his Special Forces tattoo appears to hold the key.]]
* LegacyCharacter: Michael ''and'' KITT in '08.
* MadeOfIndestructium: KITT here is actually more easily damaged then the original, but employs a "fast acting, [[HealingFactor regenerating]] nano-skin shell" that makes it about as tough as the original.
* MundaneUtility: One [=KR08=] ep. sees KITT suspended in his maintenance frame and spun around to make the captive inside him talk - essentially functioning as a ''torture device''.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In an episode of the 2008 series, a password was "E". ''The letter E''.
* PlotInducedStupidity: The new series gives KITT a host of weapons such as tranq darts, missiles, Gatling guns and even EMP. These are almost never used when they would actually be useful, and rarely does their lack of use get so much as a HandWave.
* RoboSpeak: In contrast to the '80s series giving KITT an incredibly human personality, the 2008 has him talk in a far more robotic manner, complete with MachineMonotone.
* SharedUniverse: One episode took place in UsefulNotes/LasVegas. As Mike is pulling in, a girl yells "I'm staying at the Montecito!" This is the setting of sister NBC series ''Series/LasVegas'' (both shows were produced by Gary Scott Thompson). Given that ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' also spent a lot of time there, [[IntercontinuityCrossover this arguably places all three series in the same universe]]. Michael is seen at the Montecito in the pilot episode trying to gather some quick cash.
* ShoutOut: The HalloweenEpisode had Billy dressed as "[[Series/{{Torchwood}} Captain Jack Harkness]], the [[Series/DoctorWho time-traveling]] bisexual".
* UndercoverAsLovers: In "Knight of the Iguana", Mike and Zoe pretend to be a honeymooning couple. Obviously their hotel room [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed has only one bed]].
* VivaLasVegas In the episode "Knight of the Zodiac" from the new series, Mike goes to bust a money laundering operation in Vegas, while KITT poses as a prize car in a casino and Billy hooks up with a girl he meets at a hotel bar.
->''One man can make a difference, Michael''