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Recap / Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Mission 04 "Of Mice and Mechs"

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The Cooper Gang time travels to Medieval England to locate Sly's ancestor, Sir Galleth Cooper. They find out that he is being imprisoned and reduced to performing in a circus by a villain known as the Black Knight.

Meanwhile, Bentley is still thinking about Penelope, and is pretty worried. They hope to find some answers on her whereabouts soon, but first, they have to head for the circus and find Sir Galleth.



  • Ambition Is Evil: Penelope wants to make billions of dollars by designing weapons. If that's not enough, she also intends to Take Over the World.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Penelope intends to wreck the team van and turn it into a clown car out of her jealous hatred towards Murray. In response, Murray performs the preemptive strike on her stronghold.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Bentley in the past has been stated to believe in the supernatural and other anomalous things, having seen and found irrefutable proof in things like ghosts, voodoo-magic, dreamtime-magic, black-market Magitek, sea-monsters, Evil Masks and the likes of Clockwerk. Here though, when Galleth talks about the Black Knight's Moat Monster, Bentley dismisses it as superstition.
  • Arc Villain: Penelope.
  • Archer Archetype: Sly's costume in this world is an Archer Costume, a Robin Hood-esq. outfit that comes with a bow and can use arrows where arrow buckets can be found.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Bentley comes out of his Heroic BSoD just in time to stop Penelope from killing Sly and Murray, the former pinned down by the destroyed Operation Overlord, and the latter trapped behind a gate with Carmelita and Galleth.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Sly remarks that the circus tent looks way bigger inside than it does on the outside.
  • The Cameo: At the start of "Hard Target", look towards the Black Baron's castle. Clockwerk is sitting on one of the towers.
  • Clock Punk: The flashlight guards have very noticeable wind-up keys in their design.
  • The Dragonslayer: Subverted. Being equal parts thief and knight, Sir Galleth jumps at the chance at slaying the Moat Monster... only to get himself eaten, Carmelita coming in to save him.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Penelope doesn't see Bentley as anything other than a Meal Ticket, even calling him "dumb" while gloating over how she played him like a fool for the money. Once they reunite, Bentley chews Penelope out for using him for her selfish desires without considering his own feelings, and rejecting his Family of Choice out of jealousy. Penelope responds by attacking Bentley and blaming everything on him, causing Bentley to conclude he had been in love with a sociopath.
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  • Dude In Distress: Galleth attempts to fight the Moat Monster by himself, but is eaten alive when he makes the foolish mistake of unplugging it. Carmelita fights the boss to save him.
  • Fisher Kingdom: None of the trio are in their usual gear while Storming the Castle; Sly wears his Robin Hood outfit while Murray is in a wetsuit from his preemptive attack. Bentley is also controlling the remains of the Moat Monster when he finally shows up.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Bentley ends up in this dilemma, but sticks with Sly and Murray in the end, leaving Penelope a Psycho Ex-Girlfriend. A rare case that's also combined with Unknown Rival.
  • Heroic BSoD: Learning the truth about Penelope, in that she's a greedy yandere who hates his two best friends, causes Bentley to tuck inside his shell in despair.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: One of the reasons why Penelope betrayed the gang is because she hates Sly to the point of wanting to murder him. She also hates Murray, and intends to steal his van and turn it into a clown car.
  • The High Middle Ages: Being set in 1301 A.D. and the allusions to Robin Hood, this is set in the later years of this era.
  • Inventional Wisdom: Why Penelope programmed her robot guards with personalities where they could feel ennui and impatiently pine for break-time is anyone's guess, especially when they are about as effective as a regular flashlight guard.
  • It's Personal: Once Sly and Murray get the news of Penelope's betrayal, they disown her as a friend, and plan on killing her for breaking Bentley's heart.
  • Kick the Dog: After beating Galleth, the Black Knight forces him into the role of clown in their circus, with all of the ads for the circus showing Galleth being tossed around and tormented and marketing it as "family-friendly entertainment." By the time Sly finds him, he is literally throwing himself out the window half-cocked with the intent at getting Revenge.
  • Large Ham: Being the Knight in Shining Armor type, Sir Galleth Cooper says everything as though he was reciting the Feast of Crispian speech.
  • Last-Name Basis: Penelope only refers to Sly by his surname out of distain.
  • Late to the Tragedy: It is never stated exactly how long the Black Knight has had their grip on the town, but Galleth begrudgingly claims that he had been in that circus since being beaten for a fortnight (two weeks), but by the time the Cooper Gang travel there, the robot guards mention being at the circus the previous year, implying their occupation has been going on a lot longer.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Not being the subtlest Cooper, Galleth tends to rush into his battles without thinking, the very thing that had his order disbanded and himself captured in the first place. The Cooper Gang keeping him from running off becomes something of a Running Gag for the episode.
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water: Turns out Sly is a natural with the bow and arrow.
    Sly: I should try this blindfolded.
  • Redemption Rejection: Rather than attack her, Bentley attempts to reason with Penelope over her actions, stating this isn't what he wants, that she's an idiot for joining Le Paradox for the money, and tries to convince her to rejoin the people who care for her before Le Paradox "cuts her strings". Penelope ignores everything and attacks him in anger, causing Bentley to give up on her.
  • Savage Wolves: Robotic wolves serve the Black Knight as his army.
  • Signature Move: Galleth's Catapult Crash is basically an advanced form of the hook-spring move, allowing him to spear through obstacles like a rocket.
  • Storming the Castle: The climax has the gang (minus Bentley, initially) storm Penelope's castle stronghold in the hopes of killing her and stopping Operation Overlord.
  • Take That!: When Sly sees the tech in the Shoemaker's store, Bentley remarks that "even women's shoe-stores aren't this diabolical."
  • Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: When Sly finds out that Penelope turned her back on the gang out of jealousy, he swears payback, mainly for breaking Bentley's heart. Galleth even points out that the most appropriate response would be to raid the castle and kill her.
  • Unknown Rival: Penelope towards Sly, in regards to Bentley.
  • Wham Episode: Penelope is Evil All Along, and betrayed the Cooper Gang to Le Paradox so she could have Bentley to herself. She also wants him to design weapons to sell on the black market, and make billions of dollars, and shows no care to his actual feelings.
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe. Sly remarks that he would have been an amazing trapeze artist.


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Catapult Crash Technique

Galleth's Catapult Crash is basically an advanced form of the hook-spring move, allowing him to spear through obstacles like a rocket.

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