YMMV / Sly Cooper


  • Angst? What Angst?: For seeing his parents killed in front of his eyes—as a child, no less—Sly's a pretty level guy.
    • It must've helped that he and his two best friends and wingmen grew up with him in the same orphanage.
  • Contested Sequel: Honor Among Thieves removes the Clue Bottles altogether and Carmelita's new voice is rather off putting... but the game is still beloved for its exploring new gaming territory, deeper story, and character development. Thieves in Time fixed those issues, but the otherwise well received gameplay and narrative were overshadowed by Penelope's poorly done Face–Heel Turn, and the Downer Ending Cliffhanger that Sanzaru refuses to resolve with a sequel, resulting in fans declaring it Fanon Discontinuity. It still has a fan following, but it's nowhere near as universally praised as the original trilogy.
  • Creepy Awesome: Clockwerk. In a game series full of goofy, cartoony villains, he stands out for being a methodic serial killer with time on his side.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Minor-but-definite example in Sly himself. Despite his reputation among fans of only going after criminals, supplementary information, one-off remarks in the dialogue, and even cutscenes suggest that Sly is perfectly willing to rob museums and private individuals if they have enough security to be a challenge (and/or it would annoy Carmelita), and even engages in petty theft as a form of recreation between big jobs. Still, the games don't dwell on these incidents, and most fans ignore them entirely.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Dimitri went from the first boss of Sly 2 to be the first person to appear in the second teaser trailer for Thieves in Time.
    • Muggshot, the only villain (not pulling a Heel–Face Turn) to be brought back more than once thus far, appearing in two games and an animated short.
  • Even Better Sequel: Band of Thieves is considered the franchise' best game.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For a lot of fans, Thieves in Time simply does not exist, especially after Sanzaru expressed a refusal to resolve the cliffhanger at the end. Pretending the series ended on the third game allows the series to end on a fairly conclusive note.
  • Foe Yay: Sly towards Carmelita, and HOW. Sly outright welcomes her chasing him and states his thefts wouldn't be as fun without her, and that's without getting into the Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other. By the third game, it's pretty much canon.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In a 2002 issue of Playstation Magazine (or "PSM") there was a comic strip in which Sly attempts to crack open a safe, only to discover a card with the words A Winner Is You written on it. In response to this, Bentley exclaims, "No loot? Aw, now my bookie's gonna break my other leg!" Two years later in the ending of Sly 2, Bentley gets his legs shattered while destroying Clock-La.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Sly Cooper fans get along with TRON fans on account of both franchises being Screwed by the Network in the middle of a major cliffhanger, and having their most controversial title made by Sanzaru Games.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Apparently the games are very popular in Finland.
  • Growing the Beard: The first game was a good if somewhat by-the-numbers platformer. The second game added the ability to play as Bentley and THE MURRAY, and removed Sly's One-Hit-Point Wonder status. The third game, while not as drastic a changeup from the first, greatly improved Bentley's playstyle, simply by putting him in a wheelchair. A wheelchair that was filled with gadgetry.
  • He's Just Hiding:
    • Some fans insist this about Arpeggio.
    • Ditto for Clockwerk.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Po from Kung Fu Panda is kind of similar to Panda King, isn't he? Knows kung-fu, uses his fat to his advantage, and both works use a lot of fireworks.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Bentley. This turtle is nothing but unstoppable if he gets all the necessary facts and information to pull off a heist.
  • Memetic Mutation: Jump and press the circle button! It's repeatedly Lampshaded in-universe.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • The sounds Clockwerk and Clock-La makes, such as the sound of it's wings flapping, and the flanging effect it's voice has, are so cool.
    • The sound of a breaking Clue Bottle.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Zig-zagged with Thieves in Time. Sanzaru Games was praised for making a game so faithful to Sucker Punch's original trilogy, but then their refusal to make a sequel triggered so much anger and Fanon Discontinuity, that it was written off as inferior for Penelope's Ron the Death Eater treatment and a Downer Ending.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: You play as a raccoon thief who witnessed his parents' murder at age eight and seeks to avenge their death in the first game. In addition, the series contains suggestive humor, depictions of tobacco use, and references to alcohol. There is even an international drug cartel in Band of Thieves, which was rated E. To this day, no game in the series has ever received a rating higher than E10+.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Bentley.