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?
  • 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.
    • Given how she has gone Knight Templar over crime in this game, Carmelita almost crossed this line several times. In Venice, she tried to kill Sly and Bentley as they were dealing with Octavio, ruining their heist (but indirectly helped Murray overcome his guilt). In Australia, her hatred of Sly lead to the Mask of Dark Earth to latch onto her face, and she took advantage of her gigantism to throw bombs at the game if it means killing and stopping them.
  • The Scrappy: In this game, Carmelita becomes cold-hearted and is willing to kill Sly and his friends to stop them. Her personality here is not well-received by fans, with some even viewing her as a Big Bad Ensemble along with Dr. M despite being playable.
  • Sequelitis: While the game did well with the fans, the overall tone being Lighter and Softer than the previous game (though still Darker and Edgier than the first game) was not well received. But the changes made to Carmelita were especially bad- she gets yet another new voice actress with an especially grating accent as well as a personality haul where she tries to kill Sly because he's a criminal and she's fed up with his flirting! Not to mention the ending where she manipulates an amnesiac Sly to abandon his old life to be with her!
  • 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 "A 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: While Carmelita has always been a rival towards the gang, she did have her sympathetic moments, and Sly was willing to give himself up if it means helping her regain her job after Neyla framed her in the previous game, and when he escapes, she tells him in a kind tone that she looks forward to meeting him again. In this game, all traces of symphony are gone, and when we see her the first time, she has become a Rival Turned Knight Templar who murderously hates Sly, and tries several times to arrest or even kill him and his friends. Her hatred of crime reached its peak in "Operation: Tar Be Gone" with her coming close to the Moral Event Horizon by ambushing Sly and Bentley and trying to kill them both, not caring that they're trying to help her stop Octavio and his tar threats. She even murdered a random guard for no reason at the beginning of "A Flight of Fancy".

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