Comic Book / Werner
is the most successful German comic, with more than 10 million books and even more tickets for the movies
sold. Created by Rötger Feldmann a.k.a. Brösel, it started in 1981 as an underground comic, but after the Porsche vs. Horex race in Hartenholm in 1988 and even more after the premiere of the first movie, Werner - Beinhart!
, it entered the mainstream.
Werner is a guy from northern Germany who particularly likes two things: beer and heavily customized motorbikes. The movies display him as a plumber apprentice, as does the flashback-like Lehrjahre sind keine Herrenjahre
series in some of the books, the first book also shows him in several other jobs which he keeps messing up, often deliberately, and otherwise unemployed and enjoying it. He keeps clashing with governmental agencies, especially with the police, usually represented by the two village cops Bruno and Helmut. In earlier books, he is sometimes seen in company of Ölfuß (based on the real-life motorbike customizer who built the Red Porsche Killer later on), and from the fifth book on, his most frequent companion is his brother Andi (based on Brösel's real-life brother Andi who is also Andi's voice actor in the movies
), and he also often meets the bikers from the MC Kläppstuhl since then.
- Werner – Oder was? (1981)
- Werner – Alles klar? (1982)
- Werner – Wer sonst? (1983)
- Werner – Eiskalt! (1985)
- Werner – Normal ja! (1987)
- Werner –
Besser is das! (1989)
- Werner – Ouhauerha! (1992)
- Werner – Wer bremst hat Angst! (1984)
- Werner – Na also! (1996)
- Werner – Exgummibur! (1998)
- Werner – Volle Latte! (2002)
- Werner – Freie Bahn mit Marzipan! (2004)
- Werner – Beinhart! (1990)
- Werner – Das muss kesseln!!! (1996)
- Werner – Volles Rooäää!!! (1999)
- Werner – Gekotzt wird später! (2003)
- Werner – Eiskalt! (2011)
Contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adolf Hitlarious: A one-page comic in Oder was? claims that the Führer didn't have a Führerschein (driver's license).
- The Alleged Car: Andi's Ford Taunus 17m in "Besser is das!" (Normal ja!) and Gekotzt wird später!
- Alliterative Name: Werner Wernersen.
- Amusing Injuries
- Art Evolution: Can be watched throughout Oder was? and over the course of the first eight books. The drawings got clearer and more detailed. Eiskalt! let a shade of gray enter. Some stories from Normal ja! on were inked, yet still remained grayscale. Ouhauerha! was the first book in color, and when its successor Wer bremst hat Angst! was released, the art had evolved so much that people decided this wasn't the Werner they knew and loved anymore, also because hardly anything was actually drawn by Brösel himself anymore rather than the staff of artists he had hired meanwhile.
- Art Shift: After the complaints about the books from Wer bremst hat Angst! to Exgummibur!, Brösel sort of went back to the roots and drew almost all of Volle Latte! himself in a much simpler style. The only exceptions are the very beginning which parodies the mainstream-compatible, high-quality Werner drawings and guest drawings by Jörg Reymann who had done a lot of drawing for Brösel before, this time in his unmistakable own style which was intended to clash with Brösel's, also to mock the fact that Brösel couldn't draw women.
- Author Avatar:
- Some believed that Werner and Brösel are the same person. In fact, however, Brösel's Author Avatar has been a Werner look-alike with glasses in the first few books. Around the time when Beinhart! was produced with Brösel starring as himself in the live-action parts, he drew a more faithful comic version of himself that also appears in later books.
- At least for the first two movies, Brösel drew just about everyone involved in their production.
- Also, when Brösel collaborated with Thomas Platt on the latter's Kochbuch für Stümper, he drew both himself and Platt into the illustrations. Besides, they both appear in two comics in which Platt interviews Brösel.
- Brösel drew both himself and guest artist Jörg Reymann into Volle Latte! He went by the name Ørg to make it less obvious.
- Beach Episode: Usually involves Flachköpper (head dives in shallow water).
- Big "NO!": Günter ("Spironolactonil-ratiopharm") when he escapes from the second floor of the hospital.
- Brand X: Played straight by fictional brands such as Coma Pils and parody brands like Happlage & Schnappe or Kastrat. Averted with most brand names, though, particularly vehicle brands and models, both existing and defunct (Horex, Harley-Davidson, Lanz, Hanomag, Bentley, Honda, Allgeier...), and beer brands (Flensburger, Faxe, shoving a bottle of Beck's into the fourth wall).
- Butt Monkey: Meister Röhrich.
- Catch Phrase: Many.
Brösel: And I said, "Werner, don't do that!" But HE doesn't listen.
- Chainsaw Good: The Dolmette, a bike with 24 chainsaw motors! It was designed and built before it entered the comic.
- In Gekotzt wird später!, Andi uses a chainsaw to top chop the Oldsmobile in one quick swipe.
- Conspicuous CG: Volles Rooäää!!! introduces CGI in the opening through which Werner rides on the Satte Literschüssel. The CGI is quite obvious by itself already, but it also appears in a stark contrast to how similar scenes were animated in Beinhart!
- Cool Bike: Lots. The fact that Brösel is a motorcycle nut and draws extremely realistic (but often still wacky) bikes helps a lot.
- Cool Car: The Metülisator, a car with a radial engine from a World War II warbird(!) running on methyl alcohol.
- And the Regentenschüssel, the heavily customized 1975 Oldsmobile 98 Regency featured in the fourth movie, Gekotzt wird später!
- Nobelschröder's Bentley Blower (with a living supercharger) might count, too. After all, it can keep up with the 1,500hp Metülisator in Wer bremst hat Angst!
- Dex & Dogfort appear in Volle Latte!, drawn by Jörg Reymann himself. In retour, Werner appears in the third Dex & Dogfort book, Schlachthofgiganten.
- In the story about Wilhelm Busch's 150th birthday at the end of Alles klar?, Werner and Wilhelm Busch let loose his characters from Max and Moritz because they find the celebration boring.
- The Bhagwan sect in Sektenquatsch und Eiermatsch. In the course of this story, former Bhagwan followers even start a new cult around Werner who manages to send the whole bunch to Tibet to find Master Renrew.
- Werners Platte, a record produced by Brösel and the Fuckin' Kius Band, contains a song named "Bhagwan" which mocks the sect.
- Dada Comics: Some one-pagers can only described as that.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Mentioned in a book as the solution in case of a car breakdown.
- Democracy Is Bad: In one cartoon from The '80s.
Random Guy: Hey Werner! For whom are you gonna vote in the election?
Werner: For no one at all!
Guy: Why not?
Werner: If someone offered you three turds, which one would you eat?
Guy: Well, none of course!
- Distracted by the Sexy: Werner's dream woman in Volle Latte! She even spends a considerable amount of time totally naked because when Ørg drew her for Werner, he didn't draw any clothes on her.
- Dumb Blonde: Günter Günzelsen's first wife, featured in Ouhauerha! and Das muss kesseln!
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Some of the story titles. Especially funny with Literal-Minded stories like "Werner throws his money out of the window".
- Fanservice: Averted. Werner is a typical guys' comic, but considering that, it contains very few beautiful women. As said: He can't draw them.
- Flanderization: Meister Röhrich just was a bit peculiar at the beginning, but later he reached The Ditz levels of stupidity. (The funny work-related accidents he went through during the series may have helped, though)
- Same applies to the two policemen, Bruno and Helmut.
- Four-Fingered Hands
- Funetik Aksent: All dialects in the comics are written the way they're pronounced. And there are a lot of dialect speakers.
- German Dialects: Various northern ones feature prominently (makes sense, the comic is set in the northernmost part of Germany) After the first movie appeared and Werner for the first time became popular in the whole of Germany many people from the south of Germany thought the language was made up just for the movie and nobody would really speak like that.
- Guilty Pleasures: After Werner provoked an all-out brawl on a bazar by throwing a soccer ball and commented the brawl, pretending it to be a soccer match, he said the following after the "match":
Werner: "Nicht ganz fair, aber fein" (German for something like "Not quite fair, but quite neat").
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Dieter, the "Präsi" (president) of the MC Kläppstuhl biker club.
- Henpecked Husband: Herr Hüpenbecker.
- Horny Vikings: The actor in the Faxe beer TV commercial gone wrong around the end of "Sektenquatsch und Eiermatsch" in the book Alles klar?
- Hospital Hottie: Brösel's nurse in Beinhart!. Averted by the pesky nurses in Wer sonst?, though.
- I'll Take Two Beers Too: Probably one of Brösel's favorite jokes. Started in "Pioniere des Metülzeitalters" in the book Ouhauerha!: Werner orders two beers, Andi wants two, too. Werner then orders four beers straight away, Andi orders another four for himself. This repeats with four liquors (times two) and another four beers (times two). It's taken to the extreme in the fourth movie, Gekotzt wird später! with seven beers and another seven for everyone else.
- Impossible Task: In order to join Werner's "club", Hugo has every single former Bhagwan member open a bottle of beer with a raw egg. The result gives "Sektenquatsch und Eiermatsch" half of its title.
- Inherently Funny Words: Schnüffelstück, Metülisator, Literschüssel, Exgummibur.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Brösel's brother Andi and Werner's brother Andi are pretty much the same person.
- Just for Pun: The jokes with bears (Bärenwitze) and grebes (Taucherwitze; "Taucher" also translates to "diver") are just a few of many examples, almost none of which translate into English properly.
- Lemming Cops: Bruno and Helmut during their first appearance in "Werner macht die Grünen blau" when they both still look the same and have about the same amount of brain. Punch drunk, they try to chase Werner and end up driving against the traffic on the wrong side of a six-lane Autobahn, hitting several cars on their way, and eventually stopping the entire traffic because they believe everyone else is driving the wrong way.
- Literal-Minded: Werner and his biker friends deliberately act like this in one story. Until someone tells them "Kiss my ass", upon which they exclaim "As if we would do everything you tell us!"
- Malaproper: Günter in his multi-part story in Oder was? His father is in pain, and his mother sends him to the pharmacy to get a pack of Spironolactonil-ratiopharm. Trying and failing to get the name of the drug right, Günter slowly goes insane himself.
- Meddlesome Patrolman: Bruno and Helmut.
- Medium Awareness:
- Schinderwerner (Wer sonst?) who tears up book pages and stains them with ink.
- Dex And Dogfort are aware that they're in a comic at the end of "Volle Latte!" when they freeze Werner's dream woman with the frame she's currently in.
- The end of "Werner macht die Grünen blau" (Oder was?) tops this even. After seeing the outcome of making Bruno and Helmut drunk, Werner says that he would have loved to see that comic in color. Those early Werner comics weren't even grayscale, and shading had to be done with hatching before Eiskalt!.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: The unnamed old lady who provides Werner and his buddies the opportunity to brew their own beer; Werner's grandma from the movie.
- The Movie: Five so far. Beinhart! and Eiskalt! a mixture of animation and Live-Action Film, all the other ones are pure animation.
- Naked People Are Funny: Meister Röhrich, after the one or other explosion. In the Werner universe, people are indestructible. Clothes are not.
- Nice Hat: Rötger Feldmann likes his stovepipes.
- Werner's leather cap with holes for his eyes and his four hairs and a pair of chicken feet.
- In "Sektenquatsch und Eiermatsch", Ölfuß has a cap through which he channels the exhaust gases (and with them the sound) of his Harley.
- Nitro Boost: Installed in the movie version of the Regentenschüssel. The bottle is welded into the middle of the hood.
- Methanol ("Metül") has the same effect on internal combustion engines in the world of Werner, only permanent.
- Only Six Faces: Brösel once revealed in an interview that his characters are mostly based on a very few faces with a very few variations.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Meister Röhrich, Werner's boss.
- Pun-Based Title: Lots, but usually difficult to explain in English.
- Example: "Werner macht die Grünen blau" (Oder was?). The literal translation would be "Werner makes the greens blue". Now, "die Grünen" ("the greens") refers to the police who wore largely green uniforms in those days, and "blau" ("blue") doesn't mean sad but drunk.
- Punny Name: Fräulein Vondeblotz (see Dumb Blonde), a German spoonerism for "blonde cunt"
- Precision F-Strike: The Fuckin' Kius Band from the author's early entourage.
- Reconstruction: Werner - Volle Latte is nothing but. It starts out with Werner chewing out Brösel for everything that went wrong with the comic over the years, from the squeaky-clean art-style to Werner's commercialization. All of it presented in glorious greyscale (with a bit of Splash of Color).
Werner: My life was more colorful when it was black and white!
- Repeat After Me: Hörni and Kalli are pretty drunk.
Hörni: Hey Karl, say something.
Hörni: You shan't say "something", you shall say something.
- Right Behind Me: Werner and his buddy make silly rhymes like: "The idiot, the idiot / wore a sweater that was red" ("rot" in German). Of course, The Brute who wears a red sweater sits behind Werner and proceeds to beat out his lights. While making a rhyme himself. Note: The original comic was b/w, so Brösel had to scribble "RED" all over the sweater instead.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Master Renrew who is claimed to be in Tibet and able to teach the former Bhagwan members how to open a bottle with a raw egg. He's of course Werner's invention to get rid of the Bhagwan horde.
- Self-Deprecation: In the title story in Volle Latte!, Werner wants Brösel to draw a woman for him and ends up complaining that Brösel can't draw women. Up to and including this book, Brösel really couldn't draw beautiful women. Werner's dream woman had to be drawn by Jörg Reymann both in the making of the comic and In-Universe.
- Serious Business: Brewing beer, tuning bikes
Black guy: "F'esh fish! C'awfish! C'abs!"
White guy: "Caps? Give me one!"
(He gets one crab and puts it on his head. Beat.)
Black guy: "He'e, take a lobste' c'ab, dose a'e bigge'!"
- The ET "phone home" parody in Wer sonst? to the point that Werner actually throws all the parts of E.T.'s phone at the guy who wants to phone home.
- The Slacker: Werner and his friends (except for when they're brewing beer or tuning bikes, then they're very industrious)
- Stuff Blowing Up: Often at the climax of the story. Very often if Röhrich is involved.
- Take That: For a long time, Werner's publisher "Holgi" featured prominently in the comic. After he changed the publisher, the character appeared for a last time (only named as "Porsche driver"), to have his Porsche crushed first by the Metülisator and then by Nobelschröder's Bentley.
- Holgi's reply: He had a comic book drawn with himself as the main character named Holgi - Räum das Feld, Mann!
- Talking Animal: Appear in some stories, the grebe jokes and bear jokes in particular.
- Technology Porn: Brösel can't draw women (at least, he couldn't for most of his career), but boy, can he draw machines and vehicles!
- The Red Porsche Killer concept drawings in Eiskalt!, provided by the real-life Ölfuß, definitely count, too. While he drew them, he kept stating that it's possible to actually build all that. He did, and it worked.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In "Lehrjahre sind keine Herrenjahre 3: Knallhart verrissen!", Röhrich loads his front-loader rifle with everything he can find in his workshop to kill the rats in his pigeon shack. He fires it and destroys everything from his pigeons to his clothes to every single window pane in sight. Needless to say he doesn't even manage to harm a single rat.
- Those Two Guys: The policemen Bruno (the fat one) and Helmut (the long, thin, stupid one, although Bruno ain't Einstein, either)
- On the other side, Kalli and Hörni.
- Toilet Humor: Inevitable in the Lehrjahre stories, but not at all absent outside them either.
- Vanity License Plate: Non-vanity real-life license plates are a minority in Werner. Although they are much rarer in Germany compared to the US in Real Life.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Pretty much standard, considering the amount of drinking going on.
Hörni and Kalli: UUUÄÄÄÄÄRGL BLAAAAAAK
- Among the reasons for Werner to throw up are riding a BMW motorcycle and seeing a German motorcycle cop dressed in green coveralls on the old white and green police bikes. His brother Andi sometimes has to hurl upon spotting Japanese sports bikes.
- In "Dieselterror" in Volle Latte!, riding humongous singles gets the better of Werner. He is so shaken that he feels he can't drink beer anymore. When he does, he immediately throws up several cubic meters of foam.