''Wild Boys'' is a story set in {{Australia}} about bush rangers, 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 bush ranger 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.
* CatchPhrase: Conrad's "I'm not a bush ranger, I'm a farrier."
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Each episode other than the finale ends with one, with each new episode picking up with the same scene.
* 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 bush ranger, but he is no murderer.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: The corpse of bush ranger ends up on display in Hopetoun, much to the disgust of the railway man who was visiting from Sydney.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Jack. Despite sharing a smoldering look in the finale, Mary ends up staying with Mick, and Jack rides off with Dan.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Mick
* 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.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jack and Dan. For all their extreme teasing, the amount they rely on one another and worry about one another is extremely endearing. And while Jack [[spoiler: doesn't end up with Mary in the end]], he still has Dan.
* 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 scott 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 bush rangers.
* LoveTriangle: Jack/ Mary/ Mick
* MadBomber: Captain Gunpowder
* MissKitty: Mary Barrett
* MorallyBankruptBanker
* OnlyAFleshWound: Jack, Conrad, and Mick all get shot in the shoulder/ chest, and recover quickly. Captain Gunpowder and Fuller get shot in the stomach, and are also apparently fine. Particularly ridiculous when you consider this was an era before antibiotics, and even blood transfusions.
* {{Outlaw}}: The heroes are all bush rangers.
* 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.
* ReformedCriminal: Mick, who used to be a bush ranger with Jack but is now a soldier.
* 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 bush rangers in the second episode. Despite the bush rangers 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 carcass 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 bush ranger 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.

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