Series / Night Man

Night Man the television show is an adaptation of the Malibu Comics' Ultraverse character of the same name. A Glen Larson production, the show was developed for syndication and ran from 1997 to 1999.

The basic premise is that Johnny Domino, San Francisco's hottest young Jazz musician is struck by lightning and develops the power to hear the frequency of evil, like a radio. He also cannot sleep anymore. This somehow leads him to become a Batman-like hero, but with homemade gadgets. It is eventually revealed that the bolt that struck him came from an alien spaceship stuck on The Moon.

The TV version went on a strange path that ends up with him in Power Armor that grants him Flying Brick abilities. This leads Domino (and his friend Raleigh) on a quest to rid San Francisco of crime. Somehow, the definition of crime frequently fluctuates between mundane criminals like bank robbers and drug dealers and vampires and extradimensional beasts.

The show is infamous for moving its production entirely to Canada for the second season, replacing all but the main lead with Canadian actors and then carrying on like nothing had happened.

Night Man provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Big Bad: Kieran Keyes is the recurring antagonist of Season 2.
    • Well, of course he is. He's played by Kim Coates!
  • Blessed with Suck: Johnny's powers give him the ability to read people's minds, in exchange of insomnia.
  • Clip Show: In the season 1 finale, Night Man in Heaven witness events from his past in a Clip Show format.
  • Cool Car: Johnny's Plymouth Prowler.
  • Crossover: With '80s cult-hit (and fellow Glen Larson creation), Manimal.
  • Detect Evil: Pretty much what sums up Johnny's power.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Nightwoman from the episodes "Nightwoman" and "Nightwoman Returns".
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: In the season 1 finale, Night Man dies and goes to Heaven. He doesn't stay very long.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Nightman has been shown to kill bad guys without any signs of regret.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Johnny and Raleigh.
  • Kill It with Fire: Night Man disposes of a vampire by setting it on fire.
  • Made of Explodium: Said vampire then leaps out of a window and explodes.
  • New Media Are Evil: Keyes' UltraWeb is an obvious stand in for the Internet. You know, until it starts teleporting people to cyberspace and letting monsters become real.
  • Product Placement: Again, Johnny's Plymouth Prowler, which was featured heavily in the first season.
  • Remember the New Guy?: On some episodes a character that Johnny seems to know for a long time appears out of nowhere and they act like everything is the same. Though more often than not expect these characters to have the live expectancy of a Red Shirt.
  • Seductive Mummy: An enemy in season one. She actually subverts the trope, because her real form is a hideous corpse that she covers with the illusion of a beautiful woman (it's implied that it wasn't even what she looked like while alive, since she chose it after reading a character's mind to find out what's considered beautiful in the modern world).
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: The ultimate fate of Big Bad Kieran Keyes.
  • San Francisco: Where the show supposedly takes place. The writers sometimes forget this and well...
  • Wham Episode: Johnny's father dies in the premiere of the second season. Making it a personal vendetta against Keyes.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Well let's see, a few people struck by lightning have gained Astral Projection, Psychic Powers, and Mind Rape. Where our hero gains the ability to... hear evil thoughts. Though in certain instances this could become Heart Is an Awesome Power, as in a fight due to his opponent's actions being created by evil thoughts, it pretty much tells him what his opponent will do next.
  • Wrestling Monster: The Golden Boy was billed as one and hated it.