Video Game: Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
The first game of the Sly Cooper series, released in 2002.Sly must recover his family's "Thievius Raccoonus", a book listing all the special thieving skills his family has collected over several centuries, which was stolen by a rival gang, the Fiendish Five, led by Clockwerk, a mechanical owl, the "manifestation of evil". Meanwhile, Sly and his gang must keep ahead of Interpol Inspector Carmelita Montoya Fox, who promises to one day capture Sly and put him away for his crimes.
This game has the examples of:
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Sir Raleigh Frog only wears a hat.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The game has "Black Jack" as its Japanese theme song.
- Attack Its Weak Point: In the final battle, Clockwerk needs to be hit in the areas where Carmelita has recently shot him with her shock pistol.
- The Backwards R: Used in the title of The Cold Heart of Hate. Or more properly, The CФld HeaЯt Фf Hate.
- Big Bad: Clockwerk.
- Breath Weapon: Sir Raleigh's welder mooks use their equipment to breathe fire in Sly's direction.
- Bubblegloop Swamp: Haiti.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase
- Department of Redundancy Department: Name of the level "Flaming Temple of Flame".
- Derelict Graveyard: The level "The Gunboat Graveyard", which is home to various junked vessels, including old and modern ships, submarines, and planes.
- DVD Commentary: Level commentary, actually, for those who finish the speed runs.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The game is much more linear than its sequels and you can't play as Bentley or Murray outside of a few mini-games. Not to mention the level designs, Sly requiring lives and being a One-Hit-Point Wonder, and Carmelita being an out-right Anti-Villain for most of the game.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: This is the only game in the series, so far, that does not end with a Bittersweet or Downer ending.
- The End... Or Is It?: The Stinger has the decapitated Clockwerk lighting up one of his eyes, frightening Murray.
- Enemy Mine: Carmelita pulls this off near the end of the game after serving as one of the main antagonists for most of it. Though it would not be until the fourth game that she finally allies with the gang.
- Epunymous Title: The game was titled Sly Raccoon in Europe.
- Firing in the Air a Lot: Muggshot's flashlight guards do this if they manage to hit you.
- Hero Antagonist: Carmelita Fox, who's an Inspector of some sort that lets her travel all over the world, typically chasing Sly.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Sir Raleigh's base of operations resides in the Isle O'Wrath of the Welsh Triangle.
- Interface Spoiler: In the controls menu, the third option you can change is for the jet pack. This doesn't come into play until the final boss.
- Lawful Stupid: Sly actually calls Carmelita out on her dogged pursuit of him through the China stage, ignoring the large-scale, illegal fireworks factory and how the Panda King destroyed a village because she's so fixated on arresting him.
- Lovable Coward: Murray
- Meaningless Lives
- Mercy Lead: Carmelita offers Sly a ten-second head start at the end. Sly spends nine of those seconds standing there, and then kisses her on the tenth one — which distracts her enough that she doesn't see him handcuffing her to a railing.
- Moral Event Horizon: While we only learn of the villain's main evil deeds in their stages introductory stages, we actually see the Panda King destroy a mountain village because they wouldn't pay his protection racket... then, when you enter his compound, you hear an announcement from the Panda King telling his workers to murder any survivors in case they come to the compound looking for vengeance.
- To say nothing about Clockwerk.
- Nintendo Hard: Thanks to One-Hit-Point Wonder and unforgiving levels that are practically designed to make you tear your hair out.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: Sly, as well as the mooks die after one hit. Sly can collect up to two extra in the form of silver and gold horseshoes by collecting 100 coins.
- Paranoia Fuel: Ms Ruby is the only one besides Clockwerk to know precisely who is messing around in her base of operations.
- Regional Bonus: The North American version lets you unlock the alternate opening from the Japanese version. The European version also lets you unlock the Japanese ending.
- Salvage Pirates: Sir Raleigh's operation depends upon scavenging vessels shipwrecked in the storm of his own creation.
- Sequel Hook: See The End... Or Is It?.
- Stupidity Is the Only Option: Towards the end of the game, and again in the fourth game, Sly finds Carmelita, trapped in the Big Bad's lair. Despite Bentley mentioning that it's an obvious trap, the plot will only progress when Sly tries to rescue her.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: This exchange from learning the Spire Jump: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.