YMMV / Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Does Penelope truly love Bentley? Or is she using him and the gang to gain the wealth of the Cooper Vault?
  • Anvilicious: Like the Canada levels in 2, both Venice's and Australia's stories hammer in "polluting and destroying the environment for your own gain is bad" message. The latter is especially bad about it, as Bentley constantly laments the destruction the miners brought with them.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Hotel Lobby With Muggshot", when Bentley challenges Muggshot to a fight (as part of a plot to lure him and Carmelita together). The music fits perfectly with the gloomy mood of the other pilots and with Muggshot's gross, Jerkass personality.
    • Lemonade Drinking Contest is incredibly catchy and goofy, befitting of a drinking contest held within a lemonade bar.
    • Pirate Fight, the "danger" music of Dead Men Tell No Tales and the track that plays over almost the entirety of Operation: Reverse Double-Cross, is energetic and intense, reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean scores.
    • Gauntlet of the Ancestors is an epic and beautifully sweeping piece that perfectly encapsulates the wonder of Sly's tangible exploration of his family's legacy.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Arguably, Panda King talking to his evil half in the mirror. It comes out of nowhere, and is never mentioned afterwards.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Not towards the game itself, but towards its sequel; this game could have been the end of the series, and it wouldn't be out of place, whereas its sequel ended on a massive cliffhanger that the developers refuse to resolve. Ignoring the fourth game allows the series to end on a fairly conclusive note instead.
  • Good Bad Bugs: General Tsao loses much of his That One Boss factor when you find out you can beat him by simply knocking him down with the Knockout Dive and then using the stealth takedown when he's grounded.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • ANY scene with Penelope, as she later betrays her gang out of spite, just like Dr. M. Sly even mentions that Bentley and Penelope were "made for each other"; Bentley and Penelope break up in the next game and battle each other in a boss fight. This is a major reason why the next game is treated as Fanon Discontinuity.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The fifth episode of the game is titled "Dead Men Tell No Tales", and features intelligent pirates. The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is also titled that, and also contains intelligent pirates in Captain Barbossa and his daughter Carina.
  • Ho Yay:
    Bentley: When you guys are done making out, I'll see you back at the safehouse. Sheesh!
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Octavio has a few potential crossings. For Sly, it's kidnapping Bentley and threating to use his brains to fertilize his tomatoes, which the turtle is allergic to. For Bentley, it's using tar to kill innocent fish. For Murray, it's kicking Bentley out of his wheelchair and taunting him, which was enough for Murray to abandon his trainings and beat the gut out of Octavio.
    • General Tsao, who is very sexist, gets this as well, for forcing the Panda King's daughter to marry him, tying Murray to a bomb and stealing Bentley's computer. Not to mention the summoning of the Stone Dragon, who captures Penelope.
    • Captain LeFwee secretly following the Cooper Gang as they find the diving gear belonging to Dimitri's grandfather, then revealing himself and taking Penelope hostage. If that's not enough, it's when he tries to kill Bentley, which results in Penelope kicking his ass and sending him to Davy Jones' Locker via hungry sharks.
  • That One Boss:
    • Not used to fighting on bamboo against General Tsao? Good luck. While the battle afterwards is easier, it's still very frustrating.
    • The underwater boss battle against Dr. M. While it's a boon to play as Dimitri, a former member of the Klaww Gang, his controls are very frustrating. It's like the boss is putting you to the test.
  • That One Level:
    • The Muggshot's Revenge part of "Flight of Fancy" can be just as aggravating as Contessa's levels from the last gameó especially keeping the eye on the sewer threats.
    • Murray pulling the van back to the safehouse, and Penelope and the Panda King having to protect him from harm. It's more difficult than it sounds, especially when you have to use a turret to attack the mooks, since it's possible to hurt Murray, as well.
    • Operation: Wedding Crasher. RC Car. Blue lasers. Tight, precision driving. Need we say more?
      • Also from Wedding Crasher, Sly having to keep all the vases in Tsao's palace upright. They don't take that long to tip over after they start shaking, and reaching them in time gets very difficult.
    • The first mission of "Dead Men Tell No Tales" involves Sly having to steal parts of a pirate outfit to talk to Black Spot Pete. While the first two parts are easy to accomplish, the chase with the third pirate can be troubling given Sly must perform difficult jumps and lands, especially towards the end where he must land on two rocks before a shipwreck. And then there is the "Pirate Insult Competition" with Pete, where you must not repeat any words. However, playing on the PS3 makes that easy as pressing the PS button will pause the game, allowing one to write what Sly and Pete had said and give more time to pick words.