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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}} That Other Wiki]], the show was created in response to a perceived lack of leading men who could act, with then NBC 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''.

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

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

The show has been revived several times:
* 1991 with the TV movie ''Knightrider 2000'', which was mostly the same concept but KITT was 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 and a radically different premise with a heavy ''MadMax'' theme.
* 1997 had a new television show ''Series/TeamKnightRider''. Lasted a season and had a small fleet of intelligent cars.

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'''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.

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!!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.
* 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 then 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, an African-American 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Pontiacs, in the original series; very definitely Fords in the new series.
** The PilotMovie is practically a commercial for Ford's new Mustang, and in fact had several tie-in ads during the premiere.
* EvilSoundsDeep: KARR, thanks to PeterCullen, a master of this trope. Also when PaulFrees did the voice of KARR.
* 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.
* {{Fanservice}}: ''Extremely'' prevalent in the 2008 show. Every episode before the retool includes a gratuitous breast shot.
** Not that Deanna Russo (Sarah Graiman) in a bikini or her underwear is a ''bad'' thing, mind you.
** The original series had shown it very, very sparingly, mostly in beach scenes. Two major examples, however, were ''Knights 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 4 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
* 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.
** KITT in KR 08 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.
* 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?
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Done humoressly 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 Traceur'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.
* 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. [[FridgeLogic One has to wonder why]], if you're designing a car to act as protector to a guy whose intended duty is the protection of those who can't help themselves... why would you make its primary directive '''self'''-preservation?
** To be fair, Wilton Knight's panicking and immediately deactivating KARR after he [[spoiler:ran over traffic cones representing children during a test]] couldn't have helped KARR's attitude...
* 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: NotQuiteDead, KARR returns, despite having been blown to pieces.
** Actually, he returns after plunging off a cliff into the ocean. He's recovered by a couple that find him under the sand on a beach. He was blown up at the end of ''KITT vs KARR'' and is never seen again.
* 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.
* 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.
* SapientSteed
* ShoutOut: KITT's scanner was lifted from the Cylons of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}''. 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 of the original season, 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, [[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 new series took place in Las Vegas. As Mike is pulling in, a girl yells "I'm staying at the Montecito!" This is the setting of sister NBC series ''Las Vegas'' (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.
** In the 2008 series, the HalloweenEpisode had Billy dressed as "[[Series/{{Torchwood}} Captain Jack Harkness]], the [[Series/DoctorWho time-traveling]] bisexual".
* 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.
* 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 Micheal 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 [[DukesOfHazzard 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
* 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
* JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters: You can drive a car up a ramp into a moving truck without crashing into the front.
* {{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.
* 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.
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!!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.
* FollowTheLeader: The success of the ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' movie was a major influence on [=KR08=]'s pilot movie, and the subsequent show borrowed a lot of design elements (including the transformation style), culminating in bringing PeterCullen back as the voice of KARR.
** Ironically, the transformation style had previously been attempted in ''Viper'', which was a distant FollowTheLeader of the original Knight Rider.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
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