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->'''Bentley:''' Alright, itís the crime of the century and "The Ball's" in motion!

The third game in the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series from 2005, and the first where [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Carmelita Fox]] is playable. Set shortly after the events of ''[[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves Band of Thieves]]'', Sly has learned of the Cooper Vault, a gigantic store of the wealth that his family has accumulated over the years. He must find a way, however, to defeat Doctor M, who has taken over the island where it is located to try to break into it, with many failed attempts. Sly must regroup his old gang and recruit new members in order to succeed at reclaiming his family's history, all while still on the run from Carmelita.
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!!This game has the examples of:

* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Ship battles are quite different from the standard sneaking around you'd do.
* [[ArtisticLicense Artistic License-]] [[ArtisticLicenseGeography Geography]] / [[ArtisticLicensePhysics Physics]]: It would be pretty much impossible for Murray's van (frozen in a block of ice) to float from Canada, out to sea to China, then ''upriver'' into the Kunlun Mountains, especially in less than a year.
* BadassGrandpa: Octavio. He might be old, but he's still fast and strong enough to go toe-to-toe with Murray.
** ''[[LightningBruiser Faster]]'', even! He needs to be lured into tar before Murray can properly lay the smackdown.
* TheBattleDidntCount: General Tsao may be the main antagonist of "A Cold Alliance", but the boss battle with him takes place in the middle of the chapter rather than in the end like with the other villains before and after.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Sly has to battle the Panda King within the latter's mind via the Guru's magic.
* BigBad: Dr. M.
* BloodKnight: Murray becomes this, ironically after a period of pacifism.
* BrokenAesop: While the series has had some not-so-subtle GreenAesop themes in some levels, Sly 3 takes it perhaps a step too far by having you feed dozens of miners to a crocodile, all while Murray delivers callous and sadistic remarks. It seems especially harsh given that this same level features a [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin lemonade drinking contest]], and the fact that the only environmental impact the characters ever mention the miners having is in regard to aesthetics.
* TheCaper: The whole game is a setup for a caper.
* ChekhovMIA: [[spoiler:Penelope works for the Black Baron, but is never seen in "Flight of Fancy". That's because she ''is'' the Baron.]]
* ChineseVampire: The zombie praying manti in "A Cold Alliance".
* ColossusClimb Sly does this to the Mask of Dark Earth-possessed [[spoiler: Carmelita]] in the final boss fight of "Rumble Down Under".
* CombatTentacles: Crusher. The player even gets to take control of its tentacles to engage [=LeFwee=]'s mooks at one point.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Don Octavio:''' I know you're nothing without this little guy's brain. So I figure I'll scoop 'em out real slow and use 'em to fertilize my tomato plants.\\
'''Bentley:''' I'm allergic to tomatoes!
* ConcealingCanvas: Several in the first and third levels.
* CriminalAmnesiac: Inverted. [[spoiler:Sly claims to have amnesia at the end, and Carmelita tells him that he's her partner.]]
* DeathCourse: The Cooper Vault.
* DebutQueue
* DownTheDrain: The sewers in "Flight of Fancy".
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Bentley has to provoke Muggshot into a fight. He isn't intimidated by the scrawny brainiac's insults... until Bentley hits him with, "[[YourMom Your mother]] is a broken-down tub of junk [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar with more gentleman callers than the operator]]." That does it.
* FisherKingdom: In "Flight of Fancy", everyone is required to wear pilot caps and jackets whenever they are inside the hotel lobby. Outside, though, they can wear their normal attire.
* FiveBadBand: Averted. Unlike the previous two games, the antagonists are completely standalone villains.
* {{Flanderization}}: While Murray is a LargeHam and enjoys breaking things in the second game, this is now taken UpToEleven, as he borders on HeroicComedicSociopath. The guy ''gleefully'' throws mine guards into the jaws of a giant crocodile in "Rumble Down Under"!
* GambitRoulette: One Bentley's {{plan}} depends on the villain being goaded into revealing a certain piece of information, at which point they would choose between plans A and B.
* [[{{GuestStarPartyMember}} Guest Star Party Members]]: [[{{CoolOldGuy}} The Guru]], [[{{TheChick}} Penelope]], [[{{HeelFaceTurn}} Panda]] [[{{PapaWolf}} King]] and [[{{SixthRanger}} Dimitri]] cannot be selected when choosing who to play as.
** Same for Carmelita
* HeavyVoice: When [[spoiler:Carmelita]] is under the effects of the Mask of Dark Earth, her voice gets deeper as she gets [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever larger]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Demitri and Panda King were originally antagonists in the first two games, but are now recruited to help break into the Cooper Vault.
* HighSpeedBattle: When fighting [[spoiler: Carmelita]] in "Rumble Down Under".
* HowWeGotHere The narrative structure of the game.
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: Sly and Bentley arrive in Venice only three days before Carnivale.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dimitri. He was abrasive to Sly when they meet up in Venice and Holland[[note]] understandable, since when last they met Sly beat his ass into the ground and left him to get thrown in jail[[/note]], but [[spoiler: after the Cooper Gang retrieves his diving gear for him, he jumped into shark-infested waters to help save Penelope, and eventually joined the gang]], and without so much as [[YouOweMe having a favor]] to excuse it.
* JourneyToFindOneself: Murray. Also, the Panda King, though his meditation was imposed on him by General Tsao.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Happens between Sly and the Panda King, in a recreation of the first game's boss fight with him. Also, happens offscreen with the Guru and the Kraken.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The gang does this to General Tsao by stealing his money in addition to the bride.
* LighterAndSofter: Than the second game, but still DarkerAndEdgier than the first.
* LordBritishPostulate: One can kill the ordinarily invincible Carmelita in "An Opera of Fear" and in "A Cold Alliance" by using Bentley's size reduction bomb and attacking her.
* MadLibsDialogue: The pirate insult conversations in "Dead Men Tell No Tales" work like this, where you string three insults together.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: The Mask of Dark Earth does this to anyone it possesses. [[spoiler: It even possesses Carmelita, resulting in a boss battle against her.]]
* MusicalEpisode: "An Opera of Fear", due to Octavio's desire to return to opera and forcing everyone in Venice to either watch it or have their city destroyed with tar. The first part of "Operation: Tar Be Gone" is even a duet between Bentley and Octavio.
* NoodleIncident: Murray apparently made his Guru's hut smell bad. He refers to the incident as "The unspeakable."
** It was mentioned in the credits of the second game that Dimitri became a dance instructor on a cruse liner. How he got himself in an Italian jail after that is unknown, but as he was in a holding cell, it probably happened just recently.
* NotSoDifferent: Dr. M takes this to the logical extreme, refusing to even fight Bentley at first because he finds them so similar. Bentley's habits of MoralDissonance hint that Dr. M may have a point...
* OutlawTown: Blood Bath Bay.
* APirate400YearsTooLate: "Dead Men Tell No Tales" features a trip to Blood Bath Bay, a series of small islands inhabited by "throwbacks" who still live by old fashioned, stereotypical and anachronistic pirate culture.
* PowderTrail: Penelope has to race against one with her RC car to [[spoiler: save Murray from a barrel of gunpowder he is tied to]] in "A Cold Alliance".
* PrecursorHeroes: Sly's dad is revelead to have had his own trio of thieves in his youth, with [=McSweeny=] filling Murray's role and [[spoiler: Dr. M]] filling Bentley's.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Carmelita's ape mercenaries.
* RuleOfCool: The final skill in the "Thievius Raccoonus", as we find out in the end of the game. [[spoiler: The laser slide.]]
* SchizoTech: Alluded to. Sly's Victorian ancestor is revealed to have possessed a flying machine long before the Wright Flyer was built.
* SequelHook: The ending reveals [[spoiler:that Bentley is working on making a [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime time machine]]]].
* SmokeOut: General Tsao uses this to escape from Sly following his boss battle.
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler: The Panda King]] is briefly shown to have one. He actually has to talk his raging, violent half into cooperating before you can continue the mission.
* StrappedToABomb: Happens to Murray in China at one point.
* TakingTheBullet: When Dr. M realizes he can't defeat Sly, he tries to take it out on Carmelita to make him suffer, and Sly runs right in front of her, only to be hit himself. [[ThisMeansWar She was]] ''[[ThisMeansWar so]]'' [[ThisMeansWar pissed.]]
* TechnicalPacifist: Murray, for all of "An Opera of Fear". [[spoiler:You get to fight as him at the end of it.]]
* ThreateningShark: "Dead Men Tell No Tales" has an underwater section that is filled with these.
** Not to mention that the Guru actually had to ''ride'' them in [[spoiler: "Honor Among Thieves"]].
* TitleDrop: The final episode is named ''"Honor Among Thieves"''.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Carmelita, to the point where she serves as [[spoiler: a boss in "Rumble Down Under"]]
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: The Cooper Gang in the ACES competition. It includes them framing two teams for theft and sabotage, so they attack each other instead of Sly, having another competitor arrested, and attacking another team's pilots with a giant wolf, to reduce their manpower.
* UnusualEuphemism: The insults and name-calling used by the Blood Bath Bay pirates. Sly even lampshades this at one point when bantering with [=LeFwee=].
* WeWillNotUsePhotoshopInTheFuture: Averted. When Bentley and Penelope exchange photos of themselves after meeting on [=ThiefNet=], the photos are rather obviously altered. The photos weren't even altered by computer - they just taped an photo of their head onto a picture of someone else's body and scanned it into the computer! Strangely, neither realized how obviously fake the pictures were until they met in person.
* WhatTheHellHero: A minor example. Sly and the main villain Dr. M are arguing over who's the leader of the gang. Sly insists that they're all equal. Dr. M asks if that's the case, then why is it named The Cooper Gang?
* WhenIWasYourAge:
-->'''Octavio:''' That's the toughest talk you got? You're-a pathetic! Back in-a my day, we had enforcers would make people pee their pants just as soon as-a look at 'em!
** He'll also complain that thieves in his day were good enough to never be seen should you [[ComicallyMissingThePoint fail to tail him unseen]].
-->'''Octavio:''' I've got a shadow, huh? You stink! Back in my day, thieves knew how not to get caught!
* YouAndWhatArmy: Murray says this to Muggshot when the latter sends the Black Barron's guards to invade the Cooper Gang's base in "Flight of Fancy". They all get taken down through the teamwork of Bentley, Murray and [[spoiler: Penelope]].
* YouOweMe: This is how Dimitri eventually joins the gang. First, he helps you reunite with Murray in exchange for busting him out of jail. Next, he gives you information in return for owing him a favor, which he calls in a few months later. After you fulfill this favor, however, he sticks around to help [[spoiler: rescue Penelope and pull off the Cooper Vault job]].
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