* {{Cyberpunk}}: The original series was set in pretty much this kind of future before cyberpunk even became a widely used term.
* TooGoodToLast
* UncannyValley: Buddy's girlfriend--revealed as a robot, disassembled, boxed, and ''still talking'' inanely about how she wants to be his friend. Even knowing what she is, he weeps for her.
* UnbuiltTrope: As many fans will tell you, the original 1974 series used a lot of tropes that wouldn't become common until much later. In fact, one of the most common reasons given for its TooGoodToLast status was that it was ''too'' innovative, to the point that seventies audiences ended up being completely lost at concepts like {{Kill Sat}}s, {{Ridiculously Human Robot}}s, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s {{Unfettered}} by the law, and even a [[HilariousInHindsight creepily prescient]] plot centering around a ''water baron'' (which is ''[[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-43041472/t-boone-pickens-a-water-baron-for-the-21st-century/ totally a real thing]]'', though the real ones don't use laser beams).
* WhatAnIdiot : In the 90's Byrne miniseries, a depowered Buddy has been sent back to the 1930's, and married a woman named Molly, the daughter of the policeman who found him in that era. In the time between, the police officer was framed as dirty and then killed by the BigBad Buddy is hunting through time. Buddy finds work, even in the heart of the Depression, possibly because he has lived in a worse future. When Molly brings home a bag of groceries, a neighbor woman shames/guilts her into giving up a can of beans, citing how unfair it is Buddy has work when her husband doesn't. The neighbor then promptly makes snide remarks about the accusations against Molly's father. Without missing a beat, Molly snatches the can back and leaves the neighbor with a stunned look on her face, food on the table in a very bad time traded away for an unneeded remark.
* TheWoobie: Buddy Blank.