''Wild Boys'' is a story about bushrangers, power and government corruption, set against the backdrop of an 1860s penal system. The wild colonial boys Jack, Dan, Conrad and Captain Gunpowder are determined to keep ahead of the troopers or wind up at the end of a noose.

!!''Wild Boys'' contains examples of:

* BadHabits: The bushranger Captain Moonlight masquerades as Preacher Scott.
* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: The end of episode 1.3.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Happens to Hogan in the first episode, although it was probably unintentional.
* CorruptHick: Fuller. He uses his power to frame a romantic rival as a horse thief, and then attempts to kill him during a staged escape attempt.
* ClearMyName: Jack has to do this after being accused of murdering the Ryans. He may be a bushranger, but he is no murderer.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: The corpse of bushranger ends up on display in Hopetoun, much to the disgust of the railway man who was visiting from Sydney.
* EarAche: 'Mad Dog' Morgan claimed he got his nickname because he once bit a man's ear off in a fight. Later in the episode, he actually does a bite a man's ear off, indicating that this may be a regular thing for him.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In the first episode, [[spoiler: Fuller captures Hogan,]] gives him back his pistol and tells him to leave town, then uses the fact that [[spoiler: Hogan]] is holding a loaded pistol as justification to gun him down.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Fuller has no time for cowards, especially those who hit women.
* GentleGiant: Conrad
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Hogan smashes a bottle and uses it to attack Jack in the pub in the first episode.
* GunStruggle: At the climax of the second episode.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: "What part of 'Dead Man's Drop' do you not understand?"
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow: Emilia gets one when she discovers her boyfriend Conrad strolling back from the bush with a buxom FarmersDaughter:
-->"We've just been milking the goats."
-->"I'll bet you have!"
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Conrad does it to Mad Dog Morgan, unloading his gun while he is gone. Morgan has another pistol, but it does buy Conrad enough time to make a bolt for it.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Fuller]] escapes scot free at the end of the series (probably as result of the series not being picked up for a second season so they wrapped up the plot lines and included a HeelFaceTurn for [[spoiler:Fuller]]).
* KnightTemplar: Fuller will completely disregard the law in his quest to wipe out the bushrangers.
* MadBomber: Captain Gunpowder
* MissKitty: Mary Barrett
* MorallyBankruptBanker
* {{Outlaw}}: The heroes are all bushrangers.
* RecklessGunUsage: Jack wakes up to find Mary's young son Tom pointing his gun at his (i.e. Jack's) head as a joke. Jack is understandably angry.
* RevealingInjury: Hogan is identified because of a wound he took to his hand during a robbery.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: The black tracker Fuller uses to pursue the bushrangers in the second episode. Despite the bushrangers uses every trick they know to lose him (riding along a creek, etc), he stays right on their tail. And he isn't fooled by the pig caracass they blow up in an attempt to fake their deaths either.
* {{Schoolmarm}}: Captain Gunpowder is sweet on the local school mistress.
* ShootOutTheLock: In the first episode, Jack shoots the lock off the strongbox they steal from the stagecoach.
* ShootTheRope: Captain Gunpowder does this to save Jack from being lynched in the miners camp.
* ShootYourMate: Jack attempts to infiltrate the Butler Gang only to find that Mick has been captured by them. Frank Butler thinks Jack might be there to free him, but Jack instead claims he followed Mick there in order to kill him. Butler gives Jack a gun with one bullet and tells him to shoot Mick. Jack does so, shooting Mick through the shoulder and Mick has enough nous to play dead.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: The final confrontation between jack Keenan and Frank Butler.
* SoiledDove: Ruby
* TakeOffYourClothes: A female bushranger holds Jack and Dan at gunpoint and demands they take off their trousers.
* TakingOverTheTown: The Butler Gang does this to Hopetoun in the final episode.
* TreasureMap: The Mad Dog Morgan episode centres around a map to a cache of stolen gold.
* VehicleVanish: Joe Butler vanishes during a gunfight with Jack, when the gold coach and its escort of troopers passes between them.

----