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[[caption-width-right:300:The Gang [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Carmelita]].]]

->''"There's no [[HonorAmongThieves honor]], no challenge, no fun in stealing from ordinary people. You rip off a master criminal, then you know you're a master thief."''
-->-- '''Sly Cooper'''

''Sly Cooper'' is a series of 3D {{platformer}}s published by [[{{SONY}} Sony Computer Entertainment]] and developed by Creator/{{Sucker Punch}}. The only slightly lesser-known member of the Playstation 2's trio of Mascots, along with [[JakAndDaxter Jak]] and [[RatchetAndClank Ratchet]].

Set in a world populated by {{funny animal}}s, that takes pains to resemble a Saturday morning AnimatedSeries, the games in the Sly franchise tell the tale of the world's greatest, yet most honorable, thief. The Cooper family (all raccoons) have been thieves for generations, extending back to prehistory if the stories are to be believed. Sly, the latest in the line, is orphaned as a child when rivals show up at his father's home to finish him off. In the orphanage, he picks up two lifelong compatriots, [[TheSmartGuy genius]] Bentley (a turtle) and [[TheBigGuy super-strong]] Murray (a hippo). They grow up, and set off into the world to honor the Cooper legacy, mostly by robbing other criminals blind. ([[ChallengeSeeker There's no honor, no challenge, and no fun in taking from good people; taking from thieves is a real test]].)

The gang is pursued by Carmelita Fox ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a fox, naturally]]), Interpol inspector and primary love interest. As with Zenigata in ''Franchise/LupinIII'', Sly normally sets the bad guy he's up against to be arrested by Carmelita after he's done with them, while he escapes. [[note]][[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist That little allusion]] should indicate just what Carmelita's role is. Well, aside from being {{Fanservice}} and the LoveInterest.[[/note]]

The series currently spans three games for the {{Playstation 2}} and one on the {{PlayStation 3}} and PlaystationVita:

[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' (2002)
* ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'' (2004)
* ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' (2005)
* ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'' (2013)
[[/index]]

The gameplay in all of the titles is fairly consistent. Sly has incredible jumping and climbing ability, and can move silently for stealthy knock outs. Most missions involve getting to somewhere, fighting some guards, doing a minigame puzzle, and getting out again. In the second game, Murray and Bentley are playable, with an even bigger cast in the third, including some missions played as Carmelita (the gang tricks her into helping them out).

Sly was announced to be a playable character in ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' on April 26, 2012. Also, [[{{Film/SlyCooper}} a film]] has been confirmed for a 2016 release.

As a video game stylized after a cartoon, it draws heavily on AnimationTropes and VideoGameTropes.

Visit the [[AwesomeBosses/VideoGames Awesome Bosses]] page [[AwesomeBosses/SlyCooper here]].
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!!This series contains examples of:

* AesopAmnesia: In the second game, Carmelita warms up slightly to Sly and comes to somewhat enjoy their game of cat-and-mouse like he does. In the third game, she's not only back to her old hard nosed self, but also becomes [[{{JerkWithAHeartOfJerk}} cold enough]] to be considered an antagonist. Also happens in between the first and second games. Justified in that at the end of both the first and second games, Sly does something to irritate Carmelita and she vows to continue tracking him down. At the end of the first game, he used the learning moment to [[spoiler: hand cuff Carmelita to a rail so that he can escape,]] and in the second game, he [[spoiler: jumps off of the helicopter they were in carrying one of her prized possessions (only to give it back to her later).]]
* AirVentPassageway: Used as an Air Vent ''Entrance'', usually.
* AllThereInTheManual: The two promotional comic books released before Sly 3 benefit this trope. The first reveals How Sly, Bentley and Murray met in the orphanage and their first heist (for cookies, nonetheless), and how Sly met Carmelita (turns out that [[spoiler: Sly was the one responsible for Carmelita becoming an inspector!]]). The second one starts right after the end of the second game with [[spoiler: Sly seeing [=McSweeney=] in prison and learning about the Cooper Vault]]. Then Sly and Murray [[spoiler: break Bentley out of the hospital, which was right after Murray leaves the gang.]] Some of the panels from the comic book are used as cutscenes for the games!
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Many of the characters come in colors that don't occur naturally in their species. Purple seems to be popular, as Muggshot, the Panda King, Dimitri, Neyla, the Guru and Penelope all come in various shades. Then there's Murray and the ape mercenaries, who are [[RealMenWearPink pink]], and Jean Bison, who's fire-engine red.
* AmnesiacLover: [[spoiler: Sly]] at the end of ''Sly 3''. Turns out [[spoiler: he was faking it. ("That sneaky devil!")]]
* AntiAir: One mission in the last level of ''Sly 3'' consists of Sly taking out an intricate air-defense network Dr. M has set up around his base of operations.
** Bentley also has a few missions in ''Sly 2'' where he has to do this. [[FridgeLogic Why there are anti-air defenses on a train, though, is anyone's guess.]]
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: In the first game, you will sometimes receive a horseshoe (or even two) if you die enough times in a single area. In the second and third games, some of the missions that involve retrieving items will let you keep the items you have already retrieved and restart you in a useful starting place for retrieving the next one in the event you fail the mission.
** In addition, the third game will increase your health/defense and eventually increase your attack strength if you repeatedly lose in a major fight (e.g., a boss battle).
* AntiHero: Sly, [[GentlemanThief naturally]].
* ArtEvolution: The art of the first game was pretty standard fair, taking notes from comic books of that time. However, in the sequels, The designs are less jagged, simplified, and the colors are sharper. ''Thieves in Time'' has more details and their animated cutscenes are all hand-drawn with more action.
* ArtShift: The gameplay is in CelShaded 3D, the cutscenes are flash style animations.
* AssholeVictim: The victims of the Cooper Gang, who are master criminals themselves.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: A gang of master thieves are raccoons, a crocodile is a HollywoodVoodoo priestess, mysogynistic ThatOneBoss General Tsao is a [[ParentalBonus rooster]], etc.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever:
** In ''Sly 3'', the evil Mask of Dark Earth makes anyone who wears it grow several times their size. This happens to a kangaroo miner, a dingo miner, another dingo miner and [[spoiler:even ''Carmelita'', who would then go on to serve as the boss of the level]].
** In ''Thieves in Time'', [[spoiler:Sly has to fight a giant knight-looking robot operated by Penelope.]]
* AvengersAssemble: Five of the six levels of the third game involve getting together a team for the Cooper Vault heist, beginning with Murray.
** The fourth game has elements of this, in which Sly's ancestors must help defeat the various villains of the stages. [[spoiler:The final mission has all of the ancestors gathered in order to recover their canes and rescue Sly.]]
* BackStab: In the second and third Sly can One-Hit KO enemies if he gets right behind them without being detected. Otherwise he has to brawl, and they usually alert other guards that way.
** Well, a Two-Hit KO at any rate.
* BadBoss: Quite a few examples:
** Dr. M, who poisons one of his minions [[DisproportionateRetribution simply because he neglected to change the searchlight password]].
** "[[DirtyCop Sheriff]]" Toothpick, who enjoys overworking his minions to the point where he makes getting days off illegal and overtime mandatory, and is prone to accidentally shooting and killing his minions.
* BagOfSpilling: Parodied. At the start of ''[[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves Sly 2]]'', Bently begins to tell Sly how to do the [[IHaveTheHighGround ninja spire jump]], and Sly chides him for assuming that he would forget one of his most important skills. True enough, Sly retains the spire jump and rail-walk techniques that he learned in [[VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus the first game]] for the rest of the trilogy, but he still forgot a host of other skills from that game, such as the power to turn invisible, alter time, and how to not [[SuperDrowningSkills take damage from falling in water]].
** Played straight for the jump between the second and [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]], especially with regards to equipment like the Paraglider or power ups like Silent Obliteration. Very annoying when you forget that you lose these...
* BareYourMidriff: Carmelita and Neyla.
* BattleCouple: Sly and Carmelita, in the climax of each game minus ''Thieves in Time''.
* BearsAreBadNews:
** Both Canada levels in ''Sly 2'' have missions where you have to manipulate local bears to your advantage.
** The Grizz in ''Thieves in Time'' is a gansta-style artist bear.
* [[spoiler: BlondesAreEvil]]: [[spoiler: Penelope as of ''Thieves in Time'']].
* BigBad: Clockwerk for ''Thievious Raccoonous'', [[spoiler:Neyla]] for ''Band of Thieves'', Doctor M for ''Honor Among Thieves'', and Le Paradox for ''Thieves in Time''.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Clockwerk
* BigDamnHeroes
** Chapter 6 of ''Sly 3'' begins with [[{{HeroAntagonist}} Carmelita]] rescuing Sly from certain death by the hands of Dr. M. Although, her aim appeared to be the capture of both Sly ''and'' Dr. M for thefts and attempted murder respectively.
** [[spoiler:Chapter 4 of ''Thieves in Time'' has one of those moments as well. Bentley was [[HeroicBSOD rendered unplayable]] after discovering the truth about Penelope, leaving the rest of the gang to confront her themselves. It wasn't until at one point when Sly was trapped himself and about to get crushed by Penelope in her suit of armor... when Bentley suddenly [[HeroicSecondWind comes to the rescue]] with a mech suit of his ''own''!]]
* BigEater: Murray. He is outshined by Bob Cooper and Salim Cooper, despite the latter's appearance.
* BittersweetEnding: ''Sly 3''. [[spoiler: The Cooper Vault is destroyed, eliminating the Cooper legacy forever, Sly becomes Carmelita's partner after faking amnesia and the rest of the gang go off on their own way.]]
*** [[spoiler: However, despite splitting up, Sly left his gang with a back door to some of the vault's riches, and the gang seems to be content with the lives they're living apart from one another. Further subverted with the destroyed vault; Bentley says that he and Penelope are making it even more secure.]]
** Then the ending to ''Thieves in Time''. [[spoiler: The gang was able to restore the time continuum back to what it once was and saved their futures, but Sly went missing after his battle with Le Paradox. When the blimp crashed, Le Paradox was found and arrested, but Sly was nowhere to be found. He had been missing for weeks, and the gang doesn't take it too well, Carmelita especially. She, Bentley, and Murray still continue to try and find the missing Sly. A secret ending confirms that Sly is still alive, but he's been stranded in Ancient Egypt, bringing the game close to a DownerEnding]].
* BenevolentArchitecture
* {{BFG}}: The weapons wielded by some of the flashlight guards in the 2nd and 3rd games can qualify, though their scale relative to the guards wielding them can sometimes make them more akin to a HandCannon.
** Muggshot dual-wields BFG's during the boss fights against him in the first & third games.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Sly and the Cooper Gang are master thieves, yes, but [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules their number one rule is]] ''[[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules never]]'' [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules steal from anyone except other crooks]], because, in addition to being immoral or wrong, there's [[ChallengeSeeker just no fun or challenge in stealing from civilians]]. Furthermore, the people they steal from and/or take on are, for the most part, criminals that are even worse than they are, such as murderers (the Fiendish Five) and drug dealers (the Klaww Gang).
* BoisterousBruiser: "The" Murray, at least after the first game. Jean-Bison from the second game is a villainous example.
* BottomlessMagazines: Almost always played straight, although some jobs have limits on how ''quickly'' you can fire the gun, lest it overheat.
** Averted during the ACES dogfighting competition in ''Sly 3''.
** Subverted to good effect in ''Sly 3'' when [[spoiler: the Panda King]] is defending the crew's ship from the [[KrakenAndLeviathan Crusher]], using rockets to stun and repel the tentacles. His triumphant boasts are cut short when [[DramaticIrony he discovers he is all out of ammo and has to pass the baton to Sly.]]
* BreakoutCharacter: Although Sly is (obviously) the hero, Bentley nearly steals the narrative out from under him in the latter two games. Whereas in ''Sly 1'' he's a geeky Professor Frink type who mainly exists to give you mission objectives, he begins to undergo heavy character development when he's left to fend for himself halfway through Sly 2. By the end of Sly 3, he's [[spoiler:been crippled and confined to a wheelchair, gotten himself a girlfriend, and emerged as the real leader of the Cooper Gang.]] This becomes a plot point near the end of the third game. In fact, he even narrates the third and fourth games's credits!
* TheCameo: As part of a cross-promotion campaign, Sly 2 and 3 each had codes to unlock {{Toonami}} goodies, including TOM as a distraction gadget.
* CaperCrew: Sly, Bentley and Murray are generally able to handle multiple skills by themselves. Sly handles jobs that require sneaking or burglary, Bentley handles all tech-related jobs while Murray is the getaway driver and the muscle. The crew is expanded in the third game to include specialists who deal with very specific areas.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Everyone is an animal. ''What do they eat?'' Okay, not every animal eats meat, but that burger Murray's nomming on in the Sly 3 intro looks pretty suspect...
** If you lose against Jean Bison [[spoiler: when fighting him as Bentley (with help from Sly)]] he'll make a comment that goes something along the lines of "Anybody in the mood for [[spoiler: turtle]] soup?"
*** Aren't hippos and bison herbivores?
** There are leather shoes in ''4'', somehow.
** Also in ''4'', The Grizz owns a saber-tooth tiger rug... when some of his guards ''are'' saber-tooth tigers. [[BadBoss Yikes.]]
* CelShading
* CentralTheme: [[GreenEyedMonster Envy]]. Almost every main villain thus far has been motivated by jealousy, primarily of the Cooper Clan.
* CerebusSyndrome: The final mission of the first game, and the entirety of the [[DarkerAndEdgier second game]]. Lets up in the [[LighterAndSofter third game]] then gets somewhat dark in the fourth.
* ChekhovsGift: Murray's Aboriginal necklace. Originally worn during his time with the Guru during ''Sly 3'' with no significance other than to mark his Dreamtime training, it went on to be an important device in ''Thieves in Time'' when [[spoiler: the van went out of control when reclaiming the stolen gold at the end of the Wild West chapter, and it was used to open up a time rift ''just'' before crashing at the bottom of a ravine]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder:
** [[spoiler:Neyla. Sweet mercy, Neyla.]]
** [[spoiler:Le Paradox from ''Thieves in Time''.]]
** [[spoiler:''Penelope'', strangely enough, in ''Thieves in Time.'']]
* CigarChomper: El Jefe in ''Thieves in Time''. Muggshot can also be seen with a stogie in the first game, but apparently kicked the habit by the time of his appearance in the third game.
* ClockworkCreature: Clockwerk. He's immortal--but not invulnerable--and runs on hate for the Coopers.
* CoatHatMask: Sly himself
* CompilationRerelease: For the {{Playstation 3}}, the games are visually cleaned up and given [[CosmeticAward trophy]] support.
* CoolCar: The Cooper van
* ConspicuouslySelectivePerception: The guards; oh, lord, ''the guards''. If you are behind one picking his pocket, and he takes that moment to turn around to scratch his butt, he can come ''nose to nose'' with Sly's grinning face, look him right in the eyes, and not realize that he's being followed or is missing a few coins and the occasional treasure. This is less so with the main villains of the episode, but still applies to a certain degree.
* {{Cutscene}}: Some in-engine, and others in between missions are vector/cel animation with voice-over.
* {{Cyberspace}}: Apparently, it's a ShootEmUp.
* DanceBattler: Mz. Ruby makes Sly do a voodoo dance if he wants to avoid getting shot in her boss fight in the first game. The Grizz and Murray do this to each other via ''figure skating'' in ''Thieves in Time''.
* DarkChick: Mz Ruby in ''Sly 1'', Dimitri in ''Sly 2'' and both The Grizz and Toothpick in ''Thieves in Time''
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Sly 2'' skirts with this, going deeper into Clockwerk's evil and dealing with an international drug cartel. ''Sly 3'' is slightly LighterAndSofter than Sly 2 at points, but still manages to be darker than the first game due to Dr. M.
* DatingCatwoman: Sly and Carmelita's complicated relationship.
* DieChairDie: Many of the props can be destroyed, [[RewardingVandalism for some extra coinage]]. Often, the chairs have more change on hand than the guards!
* DisabilitySuperpower: [[spoiler:Bentley's wheelchair in the third game.]]
** Ms. Decibel in the fourth game had a trumpet lodged in her trunk that prevented her from playing music normally [[DreadfulMusician (not that she was ever good at it in the first place)]], but it was able to allow her to play hypnotic tunes that causes her victims to do her bidding.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Bad enough Clockwerk tries to kill Coopers through the years he was alive out of sheer jealousy. [[spoiler:Le Paradox takes the cake as his plan to be the greatest thief who ever lived involved going back in time to steal the canes of the Cooper ancestors and wiping out the family line's very existence. Why? Because it was revealed his father, who was also a thief, was about to steal a huge diamond and frame Sly's father for the heist, only except Father Cooper had already stolen it first and Father Paradox was caught. Without a father to train him in the art of thieving, Le Paradox got jailed early and went to blame his family's misfortunes on the Coopers. Going so far as to erase a family's existance over something so petty...]]
* DominoMask: Sly and the Panda King
* DownerEnding: The second game. [[spoiler: The gang manages to destroy the Clockwerk parts and foil the villains' plans, but Bentley is crippled, Murray has quit because he was unable to deal with what they had to go through and the team van is missing.]]
* DrivingStick: The Cooper Van
* EasilyForgiven:
** Averted in one instance in the third game. Sly has to team up with one of the original game's villains (The Panda King), who was part of the gang that killed his parents. Neither one of them are happy about it, but they eventually decide that it's better to move on.
** Yet, played straight with Dimitri. It makes sense that he would join the gang after they helped him find his grandfather's treasure, but why did he help Sly find Murray when Sly let him out of prison? Remember, Sly was the one who got him in there in the first place.
*** It was worth it in the end, seeing as Dimitri became ''very'' successful if the credits indicate anything.
*** Also note that Demitri was freed after the events of ''Sly 2'' and became a dance instructor. Him being in jail in 3 is a different matter.
* EmotionalBruiser: Murray probably cries more than the rest of the Cooper Gang.
* EnemyMine: Carmelita is routinely forced to team up with Sly. This is relevant in ''Thieves in Time'' where Carmelita has no choice but to help since she's trapped in the past with Sly.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The charge melee attacks are spinning attacks.
* EvilBrit: Arpeggio and Raleigh. [[spoiler: Also Neyla, who is actually Indian but spent a portion of her childhood in Britain.]]
* ExposedToTheElements: Practically every character in an arctic stage. Then again, (most) of them have fur.
** Averted with Carmelita in Sly 2, who wears a heavier outfit when she appears in Canada.
* ExpressiveMask: Bentley's glasses, Murray's goggles, and Sly's DominoMask all change expression.
* {{Expy}}: Bentley sounds and acts similarly to Jerry Lewis and Murray is a lot like Chris Farley.
** ''Thieves in Time'' villain Toothpick resembles [[WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy Ren]] with his demented appearance, East European accent, and AxCrazy temper.
* [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn]]: [[spoiler: Penelope in ''Thieves in Time'']].
* FaceShip: Bentley's RC chopper.
* TheFaceless: Sly's father makes several appearances in flashbacks and portraits but his face is never seen.
* FakeUltimateHero: Carmelita Fox. As much as she makes headlines and ''is'' a competent cop, it's hard not to notice that she ''rarely'' makes arrest in the games unless that's not a boss she teamed up with Sly to beat or one Sly has already beaten. The exceptions are when Sly makes off with the Clockwerk wings; she gets so pissed she arrests almost everyone at the party who isn't a member of the Klaww or Cooper gangs, and Muggshot in the third game. Granted, it was already planned by the gang luring him towards her, but after they crossed each other she took him all by herself.
* FamilyOfChoice: Main characters Sly, Benteley, and Murray met in an orphanage and became as thick as thieves (pun intended).
* FantasticDrug: Spice pretty much does everything.
* FinalExamBoss
* FirstPersonSnapshooter: The second game is rife with reconnaissance missions. Sly disguises himself as a professional photographer in the fourth level of the third game.
* FiveBadBand:
** The Fiendish Five from the first game:
*** BigBad: [[YouKilledMyFather Clockwerk]]
*** TheDragon: [[PlayingWithFire Panda King]], mostly by default
*** TheBrute: [[DumbMuscle Muggshot]]
*** EvilGenius: [[GadgeteerGenius Sir Raleigh]]
*** TheDarkChick: [[DanceBattler Mz Ruby]]
** The Klaww Gang from the second game:
*** BigBad: [[EvilBrit Arpeggio]] [[spoiler: or so it would seem]]
*** TheDragon: [[spoiler: [[TheStarscream Neyla]]]]
*** TheBrute(s): [[AntiVillain Jean Bison]]
*** EvilGenius: [[spoiler: [[TheMole The Contessa]]]]
*** TheDarkChick: [[SissyVillain Dimitri]]
*** GeniusBruiser: [[ShockAndAwe Rajan]]
** Le Paradox's gang from the fourth game.
*** BigBad: [[FrenchJerk Le Paradox]]
*** TheDragon: [[DreadfulMusician Ms.]] [[MusicalAssassin Decibel]]
*** TheBrute: [[PantheraAwesome El Jefe]]
*** EvilGenius: [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn Black Knight/Penelope]]]]
*** TheDarkChick: [[MadArtist The]] [[JiveTurkey Grizz]] and [[CorruptHick Sheriff Toothpick]]
* FollowTheMoney
* FooFu: Panda King's Flame Fu
* FourIsDeath: In the first game, one of the vault codes is 4-4-4, prompting Bentley to say "I had to deal with some personal demons to crack this code."
** Then there was episode ''4'' in Sly ''4''...
* FreudianExcuse: We learn the backstory of every villain as they're introduced, some of them giving a reason why they came to crime, others were mostly ForTheEvulz.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: In the third game, Sly, Bentley and Murray engage a group of Australian miners in a ''lemonade'' drinking contest.
** The fourth game, has Bentley serving his home sarsaparilla in a bar in TheWildWest time frame!
* FunnyAnimal: ''Everybody''-- most are humanoid animals, with some variants as deemed stylistically appropriate. The Contessa is the greatest departure, being a spider-centaur creature, while Arpeggio the parrot and Sir Raleigh the frog are essentially unmodified animals.
* FurryConfusion: The third game had the "real" crocodile in Uluru -- particularly confusing given the existence of Mz Ruby. The second game had the "real" elephants in Rajan's levels and the "real" bears in Jean Bison's levels. And the third game had the "real" wolf in Holland, the "real" Kraken in the archipelago housing Blood Bath Bay, and the "real" sharks plus Doctor M's giant mutant creatures on Kaine Island. The fourth game brings the return of "real" chickens and "real" rats, despite rats being a featured enemy ''in the same game'', and a rooster as a boss in Sly 3.
** Most disturbingly, in Sly 2 Murray disguises himself as a moose . . . by wearing a ''stuffed moose head.''
* FurryFandom: It's a given.
* GRatedDrug: Spice in ''Band of Thieves'', and Lemonade in ''Honor Among Thieves''. ''Thieves in Time'' has sarsaparilla.
* GadgeteerGenius: Bentley, Sir Raleigh, Penelope, Arpeggio and Dr M.
* GangplankGalleon: Sir Raleigh's island in the first game and Bloodbath Bay in the third game.
* GentleGiant: Subverted in a way with Murray who ''loves'' to break stuff and beat people up, but in the third game he embraces the peaceful side temporarily.
* GentlemanThief: Sly, of course.
** His ancestor, Thaddeus Winslow Cooper, was an even better example of this trope.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Check the top corner of the newspaper after you defeat the Panda King. It reads "Dude, that's kickass!"
** The effects of spice are similar to those of narcotics.
** Where Murray was hiding his half of the Clockwerk Heart while in prison -- one can only hope he was using Hammerspace.
** A description of an enemy called General Tsao (not to be confused with the villain of the Chinese level in the third game) in the Kunlun Mountains level of the first game reads "[[ADateWithRosiePalms Has hairy palms]]."
*** Used twice! In Sly 3, Black Spot Pete calls Sly a "skinny, malodorous, '''hairy palmed''' bottom feeder"!
** Then there's this scene in ''Sly 2'':
---> '''Neyla (after Sly reveals himself at the ball):''' Sly Cooper?! You aren't by any chance here to turn yourself in? Old Ironsides[[note]]Carmelita[[/note]] would fall out of her dress.\\
'''Sly:''' '''As good as that sounds''', how about a dance first?
** When Bentley confronts [[spoiler:Muggshot]] in Holland at the ACES Competition to bait him into a fight, he says "Your mother was a broken-down tub of junk with more gentlemen callers than the operator". Later, when Carmelita busts [[spoiler:Muggshot]], his last dialogue is "Mother...forgive me...I didn't know they was yours." Yeeeah.
** Another one from ''Sly 3'':
--->'''Sly:''' Hope that manhole works both ways!
** And another from ''Sly 3'':
--->'''Sly:''' I just love pipes... is that okay?
** The police officers in the first games are pigs, [[SarcasmMode subtle.]]
** There are some rather saucy tapestries in the geisha house in ''Thieves in Time''.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The clue bottles in the first two games. There's even a Trophy by a similar name, "Gotta find 'em all!", in Sly 2 in the HD Collection. You get it by collecting 15 bottles.
* GreenAesop: Jean Bison's deforestation in the second game and the poachers' strip mining of the Guru's home in the third. The characters note that it's bad, and move on.
** Even more - they hang heavy lampshades on the fact that, before he was turned into a HumanPopsicle, his "tame the wilderness" mentality was pretty consistent with the values of his time, and you'd probably think he wasn't such a bad guy if not for all that spice trafficking he's doing.
** More like a BrokenAesop in the mining episode though. The process of "saving the environment" from the miners involves Sly's group doing some drilling of their own, disturbing the local scorpion nest and deliberately squishing most of them, causing a massive oil spill, setting it on fire, and releasing radioactive liquid. ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also, they keep calling it "Ayers Rock" instead of Uluru.]]) But that's okay, they're the Good Guys doing a Good Thing.
*** Bentley and Murray feed miners alive to a crocodile, just to give it BloodLust so it will chase the other miners. While perhaps not directly undermining any particular environmental message, it certainly makes for quite a case of FridgeHorror.
* GrindBoots: Sly, derived from Tennessee Kid Cooper's Rail Slide move.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The game practically runs on it.
* GuideDangIt: Finding the clue bottles can be a pain, it gets worse in ''Thieves in Time'' as they return and along with masks and treasures to locate can be frustrating.
* GunsAkimbo: Muggshot in the first & third games, and Toothpick in the fourth game.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Most males are pantsless, most females are fully dressed.
** Most enemies from the second game on are wearing pants so that they have back pockets to pick.
* HandCannon: Carmelita's shock pistol packs so much kick that she barely holds onto it when she fires the thing.
* HarmfulToMinors: Sly saw the Fiendish Five murder his parents when he was only eight years old.
* HaveANiceDeath: Losing to a boss for the first time has them insult the character or make some of boast.
* HealThyself
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: The characters don't even bother trying to hide the tutorials. Among other examples:
-->'''Bentley:''' Sly, press the X Button to jump, then-\\
'''Sly:''' Yeah yeah, I know, X Button to jump, then Circle Button to land on a spire.
** Judging by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2D3z73cg_M this sketch]] and the increased usage of this trope by the third game, one might say that it's become a RunningGag.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Clockwerk in the first, the members of the thieves guild in the second game wear purple cloaks and are seen physically only as yellow, slitted eyes. In the prologue of the third game, all of the members of the team are silhouetted in the binocucom, besides Sly and Bentley.
** However in the HD Remake, if you use your binocucom in the room "Deep Six" Bombs you can clearly see it's Dimitri.
* HiddenSupplies: Many of the characters seem to pull weapons and gadgets seemingly out of nowhere at a moments' notice.
* HighAltitudeBattle [[spoiler:The final battle with Clock-La in the second game, and the fourth boss fight with Dr M. in the third game.]]
** Also [[spoiler:The hand to hand battle with The Black Baron.]]
** There is [[spoiler: the fight with Le Paradox on his blimp, taken UpToEleven as not only were they high up, they were high up in a time vortex]].
* HollywoodHacking: Bentley.
* HonorAmongThieves: Sly and his crew all live by a code of honor, stealing only from master criminals. Sly mentions from the outset of the series there is no honor to be found stealing from the average person. Not to mention it's not nearly as much fun or challenging. The third installment is even called ''Honor Among Thieves''.
* HooksAndCrooks: Sly's only weapon is his oddly-shaped cane, passed down through his family. In ''Thieves in Time'', each ancestor also has their own cane weapon.
* IdleAnimation: Many of the player characters throughout the series.
** The title character's idle animations included him removing his cap and either twirling it or tossing it in the air and having it land perfectly seated on his head, holding his cane as if lining up for a golf swing, using his cane to scratch his back (resulting in one of his legs starting to twitch like a dog's), and leaning on his cane (sometimes with the cane slipping out from under him and causing him to nearly FacePlant).
** Bentley will often pull out a set of blueprints, look around nervously, perform a stationary wheelie in his wheelchair (in ''Sly 3''), or sneeze so hard that it causes him to double over (yet doesn't draw the attention of any nearby guards, interestingly enough).
** Murray will occasionally try to pull up his belt (why he wears a belt when he has no pants is anybody's guess), resulting in his hands slipping and Murray accidentally smacking himself in the face.
** Carmelita gets a few in the third game; She will occasionally glance about pensively (sometimes shifting her weight from one foot to another) or scan about with the flashlight on her shock pistol.
** Some of the NPC guards will also have idle animations. For example; in the China level of ''Sly 3'', the monkey guards will occasionally play with their shurikens, resulting in them pricking their fingers on the sharp points.
** The characters also have idle animations that play during the character selection screen; Sly's include balancing his cane on his hand, twirling his cap, and (in ''Sly 2'' and ''3'') pulling out his family book, the Thievius Raccoonus and reading it for a few moments, sometimes appearing surprised by what he reads. Bentley will look at blueprints and sometimes whip out a calculator and crunch some numbers. Murray will occasionally doze off briefly before startling back awake, and sometimes produce a slice of pizza from behind his back, scarfing it down in nearly one bite.
* IHaveTheHighGround: "Sly. The view is always better from the rooftops!"
* ILikeThoseOdds:
-->'''[[BoisterousBruiser Murray:]]''' Outnumbered...fighting impossible odds...it's perfect!
* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect Bentley says this so frequently it's his CatchPhrase.
-->'''Bentley:''' If I've done my math right, and I ''always'' do my math right...
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: As long as you keep moving, Carmelita cannot hit Sly. In the third game, when she chases Sly in the usual fashion, he stops and has a brief conversation with another character while Carmelita misses them both by miles, despite all parties involved standing still.
** One exception is in an episode of the second game. She actually aims ahead of you, forcing you to change directions or give her a wide berth.
** The flashlight guards avert this. [[ImprobableAimingSkills The only way you're going to avoid their shots is to put something between you and them]].
*** Though, at least in 2 and 3, their accuracy is limited to the area their flashlight shines on. If you get out of the light, their accuracy becomes more believable.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Carmelita is known to be a crackshot in Interpol (though not the case if you play Sly who easily dodges her shots, though she's almost always angry when shooting at him). Tennesse Kid Cooper is able to fire VERY fast with his special cane gun.
* InspectorJavert: Carmelita cannot know that all of Sly's efforts are for the redemption of his family name. Still he continues to evade her, leaving criminals in his wake for her to bag and tag.
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Fox]]: Carmelita.
* InASingleBound: Becomes increasingly more common as the series progresses. Carmelita always had it. Sly got it in the second game with the Feral Pounce move. Murray got it in the form of Turnbuckle Launch (then lost it again). Bentley uses {{Jet Pack}}s in [[SuperWheelChair various forms]]. Rioichi has the Leaping Dragon technique.
* InterpolSpecialAgent: Carmelita Fox, of course. Also Neyla before her FaceHeelTurn.
* InterspeciesRomance: Sly and Carmelita. And in the third game [[spoiler:Penelope and Bentley...]][[spoiler: until the fourth game.]]
* InvisibleGrid: Averted, to a certain degree, with the blue sparkles.
* JiveTurkey: Dimitri from ''Sly Cooper'' 2 and 3. Somewhat of a JustifiedTrope, as he learned English from American hip-hop videos.
** The Grizz in ''Thieves in Time'' talks in rhyme most of the time.
* KickChick: Carmelita has this as a secondary attack in the third game for when enemies get too close for comfort. Her roundhouse kick is powerful enough to send even the burliest of flashlight guards flying several feet.
** She loses this in ''Thieves in Time'' as she does [[PistolWhip pistol whips]] instead.
* KickTheDog: More on the trope page.
** While Sly Cooper is as good an example of an [[GentlemanThief honorable thief]] as you can find, the villain in the third game implies that his father wasn't so noble.
* LanguageBarrier: Averted in ''Sly 3'' and ''Thieves In Time''. Everyone is able to understand what Guru and Bob Cooper are saying despite them [[TheUnintelligible speaking in gibberish]].
* LargeHam: THE MURRAY (add a response)!
** "That does it! ''I'll floss my teeth with your spine!''"
** "The Murray knows no song but [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment the triumphant horn section of his own triumph!]]"
** "The Murray stands tall! Like a freakin' totem pole of strongism!"
** '''Dimitri:''' Anything he says at all can be considered this.
** Most of the villains get a few good lines. Consider Sir Raleigh and Muggshot:
--->'''Sir Raleigh:''' Allow me to make make amends by, what? ''Bloating'' up to ''gargantuan size'' and ''squashing you'' like the insignificant ''bug'' you are!\\
'''Muggshot:''' What're you kiddin' me?! You break into my place, steal my stuff, trash the joint, I feel TRANSGRESSED and VIOLATED! LET'S ROCK!
** Even The Panda King gets some in the third game.
--->'''Penelope:''' Panda King, can you launch my car onto one of those pipes?\\
'''Panda King:''' HA! With the fireworks, it shall fly! like the bird! FLY BIRD, FLYYYYY!!!
** Sir Galleth Cooper in ''Thieves in Time''.
--->'''Galleth:''' Yes, I believe the time is NOW! Let us go forth so we may ''strike'' a crushing blow against the Black Tyrant who imprisoned me!
** If the character isn't a DeadpanSnarker, they are probably this.
* LaserHallway
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Subverted with Sly at the end of the third game.]]
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: If you see anything that even slightly stands out from the level's scenery or looks superfluous, you can be sure it will play a role in one of the jobs of that level.
* LeParkour: Even with a beefy guy like Murray, you can run on rooftops and inch around walls.
* LetsGetDangerous: Dimitri; his ridiculous mannerisms make it easy to forget that he was a boss in ''Sly 2'' (okay, [[WarmUpBoss the first boss]], but still). When he's playable in ''Sly 3'', he dives into shark-infested waters without protest, and later takes down one of the BigBad's many mutant monsters. And if [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxhO7BQ9Qo8 the E3 trailer]] for the upcoming game is any indication, he's been practicing his [[LeParkour free-running]].
** '''[[LetsDance LET'S DANCE!]]'''
* LifeMeter: In the second and third games. In the first game, Sly's a OneHitPointWonder.
* LittleBlackDress: Carmelita has one she wears on rare occasions, when not suffering from LimitedWardrobe syndrome. She noticeably wears it in the second game when (unknowingly) dancing a tango with Sly at Rajan's palace, and during the ending cutscene of the third game.
* LoveableRogue: All the members of the Cooper Gang can be categorized under this trope.
* MadArtist: Dimitri, who turned to a life of crime forging paintings after his own "kinetic aesthetic" was rejected by the arts community. The Grizz in ''Thieves in Time'' should also count.
* MadScientist: Arpeggio from ''Sly 2'', Dr. M from ''Sly 3'', Le Paradox in ''Thieves in Time''.
* MagicalRealism: A minor but constant part of the series.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: [[spoiler: Neyla in Sly 2.]]
** [[spoiler: ''Penelope'' in ''Thieves in Time'']].
* MeaningfulName: Besides Sly, there's Jean Bison, who is a bison, and Carmelita Fox.
** Ms. Decibel due to her loudness as a form of attack. Le Paradox as he's basically interfering with the time continuum with his time traveling thefts.
* MickeyMousing: Sneaking up on an enemy would shifts the music volume down and play a series of single notes in time with each step the player took.
* MisplacedADecimalPoint: Bentley sometimes steers you directly into security because of this or CarryTheOne. As a rule, [[IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect if he says his calculations are correct]], [[TemptingFate he's wrong]].
* MissionControl: Bentley, when Sly is playing, and vice versa. Murray, briefly, with Bentley in a few missions. He's hilariously bad at it.
* MoralDissonance: Bentley's plans can sometimes be unnecessarily ruthless, ranging from [[WhatMeasureIsAMook feeding live Mooks to a crocodile]] to luring Sly's love interest into taking out local thugs for the gang. This is lampshaded a couple times in the third game when Sly comments Bentley on the latter's growing experience with underhanded tactics.
* MultiStageBattle: ''Sly 3'' has a few of these.
** ''Sly 3'' went with style one when Sly first fights General Tsao on top of a forest of vines, then on the ground level of said forest. Same game, but with the Mask of Dark Earth in style four, first in a bar as a coyote, then as Carmelita in a mountain-like dune.
** Boss battles in ''Thieves in Time'' generally have multiple stages to them, with the player having to make them vulnerable so that they get a chance to take down 1/3 of their health
* MusicalAssassin: Mz. Ruby is technically this in Sly 1. Ms. Decibel moreso in ''Thieves in Time''.
* MusicalGameplay: The boss fight with Mz Ruby in the first game. Quickly becomes ThatOneBoss if you haven't trained yourself by games like SpaceChannel5.
** The two dancing segments in "A Starry Eyed Encounter" in Sly 2 are similar, though noticeably not as difficult.
** There's also the opera duet in Sly 3, but the game really doesn't seem to care whether or not you have any rhythm.
** There's the Geisha dance with [[spoiler: Murray]], the figure-skating segments of Murray's fight with The Grizz, and [[spoiler: Carmelita's belly dance]] in ''Thieves in Time''.
* NeverSayDie: Considering [[SaturdayMorningCartoon its inspiration]], this is averted.
* NoodleIncident: What ''did'' Dimitri do that got him thrown into an Italian jail after his success as a dance instructor between the second and third games?
* NoPeripheralVision: The Mooks and some of the bosses during the trailing missions appear to suffer from this. Stand some distance in front of them or just to the side of them, and they won't notice you, even though you can pretty much look right into their eyes. Some types of Mook can't see you outside the circle of their flashlight, ''even in daytime''.
* NumberedSequels: For ''Sly 2'' and ''Sly 3''.
* OnceAnEpisode: Bar the first game, in which only Sly was playable, Murray gets into boss fights that were never part of the Cooper Gang's plans.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Because [[TheOtherDarrin her voice actor kept getting replaced]], Carmelita has a Spanish accent in the first game, gains a different, American accent in ''Sly 2: Band of Thieves'', and gets a ''different'' Spanish accent in ''Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves''.
** Constable Neyla's accent in ''Sly 2: Band of Thieves'' was all over the place, once sounding briefly like a Southern Belle. Otherwise vaguely European. At one point, Bentley identifies her as Cockney. Alesia Glidewell voiced both Neyla and Carmelita, resulting in a case of [[TalkingToHimself talking to herself]].
** The guard in the second Canada chapter of 2 sounds a lot more Canadian before you beat him at RC tankfighting than he does after he's beat.
* PacManFever: Ironically, the game Murray plays before you go to Haiti is this.
* PairTheSmartOnes: [[spoiler:Bentley and Penelope in the third game....not so much the fourth game.]]
* PaperThinDisguise: Sly's dance clothes in the second game. He doesn't even take off his mask.
** His numerous disguises in Sly 3.
** The Samurai costume in ''Thieves in Time'' helped Sly blend in with the enemy forces. Bentley's RC car managed to pass itself off as a chicken and a mouse by simply putting an animal hat on it. No joke.
* ParentalBonus: The series is peppered with quips, jokes, and pick up lines made to entertain the adults around. This is part of why Sly Cooper has a large adult fan base.
* PirateGirl: Henriette "One Eye" Cooper - a female raccoon, who sailed seas and stole from pirates .
** [[spoiler:Penelope becomes this to kick [=LeFwee=]'s ass in the pirate level of ''Sly 3''.]]
* {{Platformer}}
* PlayingWithFire: Murray's Fists of Flame upgrade makes his punches burn with flames. The Panda King's Flame Fu fighting style. El Jefe is able to control fire with his two katanas.
* PowerTrio: Sly's the ego, Bentley's the superego, and THE MURRAY is the id.
* PowerUp
* ProtagonistTitle
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The bosses in the first two games were members of different fiendish organizations, while the third game had five completely unrelated bosses. The fourth one brings the fiendish organizations back though.
* RecruitingTheCriminal: Carmelita appears to do this at the end of the third game when Sly "appears" to have gotten amnesia after being struck by one of Dr. M's attacks, calling him her partner, "Constable Cooper". It's not yet known how successful this is though.
** Carmelita will often enlist Sly's aid in taking on the BigBad at the climax of the games, putting aside their rivalry to deal with a common foe.
** Inverted by Sly and the gang, most notably in ''Sly 3'' where they manipulate Carmelita into unwittingly helping them out on several occasions.
* ReverseThePolarity: Technobabble is basically all that comes out of Bentley's mouth. Actually utters the phrase "reverse the polarity" in Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
** [[spoiler: Which actually causes Clockwerk's revival.]]
** Penelope exhibits this trait a lot as well, almost being a female version of Bentley. She even lampshades this at one point.
---> '''Penelope:''' Explaining it would involve a lot of multisyllabic words. It'd be easier just to show you.
* RewardingVandalism
* RunDontWalk
* RunningGag: Sly's terrible Italian accent seems to have become this, having been used when going undercover in Chapter 1 of ''Sly 3''; and used again in Chapters 4 and 5 of ''Thieves in Time'' for a [[DidntWeUseThisJokeAlready ringmaster impersonation]] and further undercover work respectively.
* SafeCracking: The first game both has you [[DieChairDie literally cracking safes open]]... and then subverting the trope by just collecting enough clues to decode the safe's combination. Played straight in the third game.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Black Baron is Penelope.]]
** [[spoiler: Done brutally straight in ''Thieves in Time'' as the Black Knight is Penelope herself]].
* SequelEscalation
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: ''In Thieves in Time'', Sly has completely disappeared after his confrontation with Le Paradox, and the gang (Carmelita included!) are all worried about him. Meanwhile, Penelope has escaped prison and is still at large, with Bentley receiving some mysterious postcards...]]
* ShadowOfImpendingDoom: Countless examples can be seen in the games; ''Sly 2'' has shadows of incoming eagles and icicles in Canada and ''Sly 3'' has silhouettes of Crusher's tentacles and flaming boulders he spits, just to name a few examples.
* ShockAndAwe: Carmelita's shock pistol makes her this. Rajan in Sly 2. El Jefe in ''Thieves in Time'' can charge his katanas with lightning.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/SlyCooper Has its own page.]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: [[spoiler: Upon joining The Cooper Gang, Penelope remains as the only female member]][[spoiler:...until she leaves and does a FaceHeelTurn in ''Thieves in Time'']]
* SpellMyNameWithAThe "The Murray."
* StealthPun: The canine {{Mooks}} in the third game's pirate episode. [[spoiler: Sea dogs]], you see.
** "El Jefe" means "the boss" in Spanish. El Jefe is the first boss of ''Thieves in Time''.
* SuperDrowningSkills Sly can't swim in the first game until he learns a skill for it even though raccoons in RealLife can swim quite well. He then forgets about this skill in the second and third games. Plus Murray is a hippo who can't swim (except in a cut scene) and Bently is a turtle who can't swim.
** Even the "swimming" skill in the first game doesn't stop drowning. All it does is, when you respawn after falling into water, you don't take any damage.
*** Sly states in an instruction manual that they shouldn't have skipped swimming lessons back at the orphanage. Bentley soon becomes justified after [[spoiler: he can no longer use his legs and travels around in a wheelchair.]]
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Carmelita, of course.
* TechnoWizard: Bentley, who assembles a variety of machines for fieldwork and transport in ''Sly 3''; later Penelope as well.
* TeethclenchedTeamwork: Carmelita with Sly and his gang, prominently moreso in ''Thieves in Time''.
* ThePowerOfHate: Clockwerk is centuries old and fueled on pure hate alone [[spoiler: which is made up for his intense hatred and jealousy of the Cooper Clan's better thieving ability.]] He is so enraged and hate-filled, he not only has found a way to live forever through a "hate chip", but has also replaced his entire body with machinery, leaving nothing biological in his husk whatsoever.
* TheReveal: One in each game.
** In the first game, [[spoiler: [[BigBad Clockwerk]] reveals he used to be a rival master thief of the Cooper Clan, whose [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy of the Coopers]] allowed him to live for thousands of years. He also let Sly live after killing his father and stealing the Thievius Raccoonus, to show the world that without their book, the Cooper line would be nothing.]]
** In ''Sly 2'', [[spoiler: it turns out Neyla was working for Arpeggio of the Klaww Gang all along, helping Sly's gang find and steal the Clockwerk parts from the other Klaww Gang members. Arpeggio needed all the Clockwerk parts to form Clockwerk's body, allowing him to live forever. Unfortunately, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Neyla had other plans...]]]]
** In ''Sly 3'', [[spoiler: [[BigBad Dr. M]] is revealed to have been TheSmartGuy in Sly's father's gang. Sly's father was apparently a bit of a {{Jerkass}} to Dr. M, who began to hate the Coopers himself, causing him to desire the Cooper fortune, locked away in a hidden vault.]]
** And in ''Thieves in Time'', [[spoiler: Penelope pulled a FaceHeelTurn, betraying the Cooper Gang to Le Paradox by working as TheMole. Bentley did NOT take this well.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Murray. In the first game, he got scared when faced against grunts. In the sequels, he can pick them up, shake them dry of their possessions, and slam them on the ground. ''Even flashlight guards.''
** Another example is Bentley. In the first game, he was the typical MissionControl guy, who did little more than allow Sly to view previous cutscenes and instruct him on the different tutorials, occasionally providing comic relief. From ''Sly 2'' onward, he was promoted to [[MadBomber demolitions expert]], of all things. In ''Sly 3'', seeing as how he is crippled, Bentley [[SuperWheelChair builds a wheelchair that has a jetpack (kind of), multiple explosive devices, and a pickpocketing mechanism.]]
** Sly himself in a way, having gone from a OneHitPointWonder in the first game.
* TrainJob: More than one, in fact. [[spoiler:The sixth level of ''Sly 2'']] consists of a [[LocomotiveLevel series of train robberies]].
** Short film "Goodbye My Sweet" on ''Sly 3'' centers around one.
** Sly's Western ancestor Tennessee Kid Cooper was famous for these.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: An occasional racing or action segment is implemented to add variety to the platforming gameplay. There were more in 2, and even more in 3. This was [[LoveItOrHateIt a bone of contention]] in the fanbase.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: In the second and third games, something will inevitably go wrong, usually on the last mission of the level.
* VariableMix: Even in the first game. The music is subdued when you’re skulking around, and gets all [[SeriousBusiness hardcore]] when you are detected.
* VillainousBreakdown: Quite a few of them through the series.
** Rajan gets pretty pissed when his ball is ruined in the second game, leading him to retreat into the jungle that composes the third level. The artwork/cutscenes contribute to this as prior, Rajan is shown as an intimidating but relatively calm villain. In the artwork/cutscenes of the third level however, he is shown as far more feral, including a scene of him staring through a bush with rather bestial eyes. Befits the level title "The Predator Awakens", doesn't it?
** Muggshot rages at Sly for trashing his entire operation, noting that he feels transgressed.
** When he is betrayed, [[spoiler: Arpeggio]] takes a moment to curse [[spoiler: Neyla]].
** At the end of ''Sly 3'', [[spoiler: Dr. M refuses to leave the Cooper Vault even as it collapses and presumably kills him in the process]].
* WigDressAccent: A tuxedo and dancing shoes totally conceals Sly's identity from Carmelita, even as they dance a tango together, in ''Sly 2''; in ''Sly 3'' he gets past enemy guards with the help of slightly more convincing disguises.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue - Done for the bosses in 2, the gang members in 3 and for the ancestors, enemies [[AndZoidberg and Dimitri]] in 4.
* WouldHitAGirl: Sly may be a gentleman thief, but will attack anyone trying to harm him and his crew. The female enemies in Panda King's stage and Mz. Ruby in Sly 1. [[spoiler: The Contessa and Neyla in Sly 2. Penelope as the Black Baron in Sly 3 though he didn't know it at the time]]. Ms. Decibel in ''Thieves in Time''. Bentley to [[spoiler: a mech-suited Penelope while in his own mech suit in ''Thieves in Time''. Justified entirely since she broke his heart.]].
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: This exchange from learning the Spire Jump in the first game:
-->'''Bentley''': To land safely upon small points, leapeth lively and press the triggering device with a round geometrical object emblazoned upon it.\\
'''Sly''': So... jump and hit the circle button to land on narrow spots.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Inspector Carmelita.

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