Carmelita Montoya Fox is one of the main characters in the Sly Cooper franchise of video games.  She serves as one of the main antagonists, chasing Sly Cooper and the gang around the world as an officer of Interpol.  She appears in every game, albeit voiced by a different voice actress every single time.  She has a crush on Sly Cooper, but is extremely dedicted to her job, and hates the fact that he chose to be a thief instead of a cop.  

Why She Rocks

  • Excellent voice acting in the first and second games.  
  • Incredible character design, managing a combination of sexiness and badassness.  
  • Her relationship with Sly Cooper is unbelievably adorable.  
  • What's more is, after Sly 3:  Honor Among Thieves, they actually end up getting together, although this requies Sly to have to fake amnesia and give up his thieving career.  
  • Her shock pistol is cool as hell.  
  • In Sly 3, you actually get to play as her for the first time ever.  More specifically, five times in the game, once in episode 1 against Don Octavio's goons, one in episode 3 in a boss fight against Muggshot, one in episode 4 as you CHASE DOWN SLY, and two in episode 6, both times against Dr. M., the second of which you finish him off for good.  
  • She has two boss fights in Sly 3, Muggshot and Dr. M.
  • She's the one who actaully finishes off Dr. M.  
  • In a strange twist of events, you get to play as her in Sly 3 and chase down Sly.  
  • Even though she isnt' playable until Sly 3, she still ends up aiding the Cooper Gang in the first two installments too; in Sly 1, she helps them take down Clockwerk, and in Sly 2 she helps them defeat Clock-La, (plus, in both games, they count on her to arrest the defeated members of the Fiendish Five and the KLAWW Gang respectively, whether she's aware of that or not).  
  • Despite being an antagonist, she's very likeable.  She simply wants to do what's right based on her own moral code, and feels like the Cooper Gang goes against that, (because they kind of do), even though, in a lot of instances, they're both trying to do good things with the villains that they fight.  

Bad Qualities

  • Her voices in Sly 3 and Sly 4 are incredibly annoying, Sly 4 being the absolute worst.  
  • Sly 4 has one of the worst moments in the entire series, where she agrees to belly dance to distract guards, which is so out of character for her, she would never agree to do that under any circumstance.  
  • Her and Sly's couples arguments throughout Sly 4 are kind of cringy, even though to an extent you can understand Carmelita's frustration, it just goes on for way too long.  
  • It's also cringeworthy and kind of cliche how she seems to almost fall for some of Sly's ancestors, such as Tennessee "Kid" Cooper and Sir. Galleth Cooper.  
  • For some reason her aim in Sly 2 and 3 is really terrible, you have to try to get hit by her when she's chasing you.  Her aim is great in Sly 1, but as the original trilogy progressed, it somehow got worse and worse.  
  • There's no iconic Carmelita chase scene in Sly 4, which makes no sense, as the time when she discovers what Sly's up to would have been a great opportunity for it.  

Quotes

  • I'll find you Cooper!  
  • You can't escape me raccoon!  
  • That's right, hide in the sewers like the rat you are!  
  • Sly Cooper, you no good lying thief!  I'm locking you up for good!  
  • Criminal!  You foolish raccon, I've caught you red handed.  
  • Which reminds me, you need to return the firestone of india to its rightful owners.  
  • You think?  This pistol packs a paralyzing punch, you autta try it, might snap you out of your crime spree.  
  • Plenty of time for that once you're safely behind bars.  

Trivia

  • Carmelita has had a new voice actress for every game in the series. In Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, she was voiced by Roxana Ortega; in Sly 2: Band of Thieves, she was voiced by Alésia Glidewell; in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, she was voiced by Ruth Livier; and in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, she was voiced by Grey DeLisle.
    • In Japanese, she is voiced by Tsubasa Makoto in the first and second games; from Sly 3 onward, she is voiced by Mie Sonozaki (who also voices new dialogue in the aforementioned first and second games in the HD Collection).
    • In Italian, she is voiced by Dania Cericola through all the games of the series, who interestingly enough also dubbed Detective Montoya from the Batman series.
    • In Finnish, she is voiced by Elise Langenoja (who also voiced Penelope in that language) throughout all the games except the first one, which has no Finnish dub.
    • Carmelita is thus the character in the trilogy with the most voice actors.
    • Alésia Glidewell was cast for Sly 2 because the developers were looking for a Jessica Alba soundalike.
    • Interestingly, Carmelita's voice never sounds like what was done by one of her alternative actresses.
  • In the development of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Carmelita's name was "Chase Montoya Fox," as a reference to her chasing Sly. She also looked more closely in resemblance to an actual fox.
  • In real life, although foxes and raccoons share an ecological niche, foxes will attack raccoons. Ironically, Sly and Carmelita both have similar roles of vigilance, albeit not on the same side of the law.
  • In Sly 3, her voice from Sly 2 was unintentionally used as archive audio during battles.
  • Her middle name, Montoya, may be a reference to Detective Montoya of the DC Comic series The Batman.
  • It seems that Carmelita is a Neil Diamond fan as when she and Sly were discussing their favorite hobbies and things, she is seen listening to music by Neil Diamond, as shown by the record cover of Neil Diamond Live.
    • This could also be a reference to Neil Diamond's song, Carmelita's Eyes.
  • In Sly 3, Carmelita falls back if attacked by specific things, but in Sly 2, damaging her does has no effect in making her flinch.
  • Throughout the series, Carmelita hasn't known about the Cooper Clan, until in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
  • In He Who Tames the Iron Horse of Sly 2, Carmelita wears a blue hat in addition to her winter attire.
  • As a playable character in Sly 3, Carmelita's Mega Jump form changes. As seen during her chasing of Sly Cooper in Sly Cooper and the Thievius RaccoonusSly 2 and Sly 3 as well as during animated scenes, she jumps with arms outspread and is horizontal in the air. As a playable character, the jump is simply a larger version of her normal jump. However, her original Mega Jump can be obtained in the multiplayer game "Cops and Robbers" as a power-up.
  • Like the Cooper gang, Carmelita cannot swim. However it is unknown why.
    • In real life, although some foxes can swim, most dislike the water.
  • Carmelita's signature color is yellow.
    • However, her attack auras are light blue, due to the electricity of her shock pistol.
  • When playing as her in Sly 3, if you press , you can bring out a standard pair of binoculars. However, in Thieves in Time she has switched to a binocucom.
  • In Sly 3, if you drown as her, her drown death sound is the same as Bentley's.
  • Neyla once called her "Old Ironsides," possibly referring to her stubborn, militant nature.
  • Carmelita is one of only two characters to curse in the series (excluding Bentley's "Oh my gawd"). In issue 1 of The Adventures of Sly Cooper, she says "damn" twice and "smartass" once.
    • Carmelita is also one of the few bilingual characters, having said "Dios Mio!" (My God!) in the comic and "Hola!" (Hello!) in her trailer. Other bilingual characters in the series include DimitriEl Jefe, and Cyrille Le Paradox.
  • Carmelita can be seen driving a red sports car in the Sly 2 bonus video and comics. But in Thieves in Time, it is instead a purple cruiser.
  • In Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Carmelita has a signature shape on her office door: a star, and over it, a fox head.
    • In Sly 3, this symbol reappears as her character symbol.
    • A star is used as her Thief Meter on Sly 3 and a fox head is used as Thief Meter on Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
  • Carmelita wears an earring on her left ear. In some of the cutscenes in Thieves in Time, she's wearing it on her right ear.
  • Her beauty mark is inconsistently placed throughout the series. 
  • Carmelita is three years older than Sly and the other founding members of the Cooper Gang.
  • Carmelita's in-game model is somehow somewhat larger/taller than Sly's model throughout the games before Thieves in Time, despite the cutscenes and other 2D artwork involved showing them to be roughly around the same height.
  • Carmelita is the third character to do a cutscene narrative[1], the first two being Sly[2] and Bentley[3].
  • Carmelita has been captured four times in the game series; by Clockwerk, by Toothpick, by The Contessa, by Cyrille Le Paradox and, in most cases, she was used as bait to get Sly captured.
    • In the continuity at large, the total amount of kidnappings done on Carmelita is actually five, with the fifth being Muggshot.[4]
    • Octavio does not count because although he planed to kill Carmelita with the help of the Blue Viper Gondola Gang, he never captured her.
    • Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves is the only game where Carmelita was not captured.
  • Carmelita has been kissed by Sly five times during the series. Once during the climax of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, again during Timing is Everything, once again during a cutscene Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, during the rock concert in Bentley's Hackpack and lastly during Sly's Psychic Connection.
  • Carmelita has saved Sly's life three times in the series. First in "A Temporary Truce" of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, when Sly was being chased by Fire Slugs and she was shooting them so he could get his cane back. The second and most notable was during Sly 3 in the mission, "Carmelita to the Rescue," when saving Sly from Dr. M's Mutant Primate with her team of mercenaries. And in Thieves in Time, during "Operation: Mousetrap," when she shoved Sly out of the way before he could get impaled by a falling gate during the boss fight with Penelope.
  • She is the only playable character in Thieves in Time who doesn't have a Job Complete screen. She is also the only character who doesn't start a job. However, she does have a loot collecting screen, which is shown if she unlocks a vault or brings a treasure back to the safe house.
    • She is also the only one that can't pickpocket.
  • Even though Carmelita's artwork in Thieves in Time shows her in Rioichi's sushi house, she does not become playable until the episode after.
  • In some cultures, foxes are viewed as cunning tricksters, which is ironic given that Carmelita is a police officer, and therefore an upholder of law and order.
  • In Sly 2 and Sly 3, she can sometimes be seen with coins in her pocket, which can be pickpocketed. She will also occasionally have loot in both games.
  • Thieves in Time is the only game in which she does not help take down the final boss, in this case Cyrille Le Paradox.
  • Carmelita received three items from Sly after he stole them in a heist: a bottle of champagne (at the end of Sly 2), a rare stamp (at the end of Sly Cooper: The Second Season), and an antique watch (at the end of Timing is Everything). The bottle of champagne and the rare stamp were delivered to her office, while the watch was given to her while she was being kissed by Sly.
  • Carmelita is one of three characters to include their species in their name, along with Panda King and Jean Bison.
  • Carmelita is one of six characters in the series known to ever be drinking alcohol. The others are Sir Raleigh, Sly, Dimitri, the Contessa and her husband.
  • Ironically, whenever she successfully returns a treasure to the hideout in Thieves in Time, she smiles pleased with herself.  

All Appearances

  • Sly Cooper and the Thieveus Raccoonus (2002)
  • Sly 2:  Band of Thieves (2004)
  • The Adventures of Sly Cooper Comics (2004-2005)
  • Sly 3:  Honor Among Thieves (2005)
  • Sly Cooper:  Thieves in Time (2013)
  • Playstation Move Heroes (2011)
  • Playstation All Stars Battle Royale (2012)
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