''Die Wilden Kerle'' (lit: "the wild guys") are a German movie series (based on the children's book series ''Literature/DieWildenFussballKerle'', which became ''Literature/TheWildSoccerBunch'' in the CulturalTranslation in America) from the TurnOfTheMillennium about a team of boys ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Vanessa]]) who like to play football (soccer, for Americans).

There are no less than six movies about them:

# "Alles ist gut, solange du wild bist!": The team has a problem: A bunch of [[TheBully older bullies]], led by "Fat Michi", have occupied the place where they use to play football. A match (naturally) shall decide who gets the right for the place. Fortunately, former football pro Willi is there to train the boys.
# They need money for an upgrade of their sports field for a match vs. the national team, and Vanessa has fallen in love with the cool skater boy Gonzo and is missing for an important match.
# "Die Attacke der Biestigen Biester": The bunch is challenged for the title of "wildest team in the world" - by an all-girls team, of all things.
# "Der Angriff der Silberlichten": The team has to do a freestyle soccer contest against the "wolves of Ragnarök". [[HalfwayPlotSwitch Then]], the "Silberlichten" team lead by the girl Horizon appears. And she tries to seduce the boys...
# "Hinter dem Horizont": After Leon has disappeared, the team looks for him and crosses the borders of reality, it seems. They discover a castle inhabited by vampires, who challenge them to a "Soccer 3D" match.

Especially the later movies weren't exactly liked by the critics, but they still were commercially successful.

* TheAlcoholic: Willi has a problem.
* {{Americanization}}: The American version is set in Chicago. Leon became Kevin, Vanessa became Zoe, and so on.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Nerv, appearing in #3. His nickname even is derived from "nerven" (to get on someone's nerves). Later, he gets RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap (in-universe) though.
* BadassesWearBandanas: Vanessa wears one.
* BrokenPedestal: Willi in the first movie, when they learn (from fat Michi, of all people) that Willi wasn't a pro as he claimed.
* ButNotTooForeign: Rocce, the half-Brazilian.
* CatchPhrase: "Alles ist gut, solange du wild bist!" ("Everything's cool, as long as you're wild!")
* CompositeCharacter: The animated series does this to pretty much everyone, in order to reduce the cast.
** Deniz fulfils the role of Fabi as Leon's best friend and has the same issues with his soccer-pro daddy like Rocce.
** Markus has the stoicism of Maxi.
** Marlon has Maxi's *world's hardest shooting*.
** Jojo is aged down to fulfil Joschka's role.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Willi disappeared after the first movie. Other members of the team were PutOnABus. Sometimes, TheBusCameBack.
* CoolBike: For a gag, in the bike scenes they added sound effects of motorbikes. And in #4, they get real bikes.
* CoveredInGunge: Vanessa in #4, after deliberately losing in the freestyle soccer contest.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: When Leon disappears in #5, Raban and Joschka get the idea that he was abducted by vampires.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Each and everyone of the "Wilden Kerle" has their own book.
* DefeatMeansFriendship
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Unbesiegbare Sieger, Biestige Biester (two of their opponents).
* DistaffCounterpart: Die biestigen Biester.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Vanessa abuses Leon throughout the series, but Leon seems to be happy with this. In #3, she accuses him of being a betrayer since he ''left the bunch''; but fails to remember that she'd done so in #2. She'd even told Gonzo, with whom she fled away, all the secrets of the bunch.
** She abuses Leon verbally throughout #3 but tries to seduce a much older man in front of his eyes, still, Leon and Vanessa are the most popular pairing in the fandom of the movies.
** To add salt to the wound, she accuses Leon of having been smitten by Horizon in #4, while all Leon did was challenging her to play soccer.
** In #5, she betrays Leon with Darkside but Leon immediately forgives her. All in all, all the bunch seems to be falling for her but she only enjoys torturing Leon.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Inverted. The first movies were about mundane topics, but the later became much more over-the-top.
* EarthDrift
* FaceHeelTurn / HeelFaceTurn: Several members have left the "Wilden Kerle" for the one or other reason, and sometimes even joined other teams, but returned later. More common in the movies.
* FatBastard: Der dicke Michi (Fat Micky).
* FemmeFatale: Horizon has elements of this.
* FilmOfTheBook: Six of them.
* FloweryCurses: Sometimes bordering on TotallyRadical.
* FreeRangeChildren: A very JustForFun/{{egregious}} case. In the fifth movie, they look for Leon who has disappeared. The search takes ten months! Do they still have parents???
* GadgeteerGenius: Hadschi, "Düsentrieb" in #5 for the vampires.
* GenreShift: The first movie was a quite conventional kids' sports movie. Later movies added romance (appropriate since the boys grew up), adventure (OK, I guess) and fantasy / horror (???).
* LettingHerHairDown: Vanessa in #4 and Müller in #6.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Justified, you need eleven people for a real football team. Many of those (at least of our heroes) get ADayInTheLimelight.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Horizon, who loves to seduce 2 brothers. She even lies to Vanessa about Leon's spending time in a lake with her, which the latter believes. One can forgive her easily when it is considered that Leon verbally abused her.
** Also Natascha from the animated series seemed to be bullying Vanessa but after she dated Markus, she befriended the wild guys and became more "lovable"...
* LoveInterest: Gonzo for Vanessa in the 2nd, [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Horizon]] in the 4th movie, Darkside for Vanessa in the 5th movie again. The girl falls in love way too many times...
* NerdGlasses: Raban.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: All of them, except #2.
* OneSteveLimit: However, in another way broken - until the books came out, "Joschka" pretty much referred to politician [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joschka_Fischer Joschka Fischer]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In #5, though they aren't real vampires, but an AmazonBrigade.
%%* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: In #3.
* TheQuietOne: Maxi, who never speaks and Matze, his counterpart in the 6th movie.
* RepetitiveName: Hadschi ben Hadschi ben Hadschi ben Hadschi. (ShoutOut to Creator/KarlMay's ''Literature/OrientCycle''.)
* TheSeries: Animated, will come to your TV in 2012.
* ShoutOut: Two vampires [[ThemeNaming are named]] [[JekyllAndHyde "Jekyll" and "Hyde"]].
* SiblingRivalry: Leon and Marlon. Culminates in #4. Also Leo and Elias in #6.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Vanessa and Müller.
** Inverted with their opponent team "Die biestigen Biester" - all females.
* TeamPet: The dog Socke.
* TokenMinority: Deniz, the Turk.
* {{Tomboy}}: Vanessa, natch. She wants to become the first woman in the (men's!) national team.
* TrueCompanions: The Bunch.
* UnfortunateNames: "Die biestigen biester" can mean "the beastly beasts" or even "the bitchy bitches".
* YourCheatingHeart: Vanessa betrays Leon several times, and accuses him of being a "betrayer" himself...
* WesternZodiac: Parodied, with the boys making up star signs like "scorpion-monkey-mouse" or something to the same effect.