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Clockwerk is a character in the Sly Cooper video game franchise.  He's an anthropomorphic, metallic, immortal owl, who serves as the main villain of Sly Cooper and the Thieveus Raccoonus, (2002), a presence who looms over the entirety of Sly 2:  Band of Thieves, (2004), plus partially the main villain of the game, since Neyla fuses with his frame to form Clock-La, and he also has occasional cameo appearances in Sly Cooper:  Thieves in Time, (2013).  He was the ancient nemesis of the Cooper Clan, who chased them around for thousands of years; out of jealousy and contempt for their thieving reputation, he replaced his mortal body with machinery, allowing himself to live forever.  Sometime before Sly 1, he formed the Fiendish Five, and used their help to attack Conner Cooper's home, killing him and his wife, stealing the thieveus raccoonus, and leaving Sly orphened.  

Why He Rocks

  • Incredible voice provided by Kevin Blackton.  He also voiced Sir. Raleigh the Frog, Muggshot, and Panda King, but Clockwerk is by far his best, as it's incredibly intimidating and chilling.  
  • Amazing character design. from his sharp talons, to his massive wings, to his yellow e yes and inside of his mouth.  
  • The choice of an owl as his animal was great, as every other villain in the is able to fly, which makes him more intimidating than the others.  
  • Unlike the other villains in the game, and most of them in the series, Clockwerk has a personal history with Sly's clan and father, which inherently makes him more interesting; the series didn't have another villain like that until Dr. M. in Sly 3:  Honor Among Thieves.  
  • He has only seven lines in the entire series, but those lines are intimidating and striking, and really stick with the player.  
  • His boss fight is one of the best and most epic in the whole series, even though it isn't one of the most challenging.  


  • You sentimental fool.  Empathy has always been the downfall of the Cooper Clan.  
  • Ah, Sly Cooper.  You escaped my gas chamber and destroyed my death ray.  Remarkable.   You Coopers always find a way to beat me.  
  • Perfection has no age.  
  • Revenge is the prime ingredient in the fountain of youth. I've kept myself alive for hundreds of years with a steady diet of jealousy and hate, awaiting the day when I would finally eclipse your family's thieving reputation.  
  • Because I wanted to show the world that without your precious book, the Cooper Line is nothing.  
  • Enough, Sly Cooper!  It ends here!  I'll finish you like I finished your father, then the Cooper Line will be erased and the only master thief will be Clockwerk.  
  • Cooper!  You will never be rid of me!  Clockwerk is superior!  


  • Clockwerk's name is a play on the word "clockwork," referring to time or the purely mechanical.
  • In the real world, owls are natural predators of raccoons, thus Clockwerk's position as arch-enemy of the Cooper Clan makes sense.
    • Clockwerk's species, the Eurasian Eagle-owl is an especially notorious hunter, known to even hunt deer at times. It is also one of the largest species of owl in the world.
  • Clockwerk seems to be incredibly adept with technology, seeing how he came from the ancient past, but somehow managed to transform himself into an immortal robot fueled by pure hatred and construct a highly advanced base inside an active volcano. This ultimately makes Sir Raleigh's purpose as the chief machinist of the Fiendish Five questionable.
  • Clockwerk's name is only mentioned in the setup cutscene for "An Opera of Fear" in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  • Clockwerk's voice actor, Kevin Blackton, was uncredited for Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. And for many years, fans believed that Clockwerk was voiced by Ross Douglas (who voiced Jean Bison in Sly 2: Band of Thieves) until it was later proven by Kevin Miller (Sly Cooper's voice actor) that Clockwerk was voiced by Kevin Blackton.
    • The Japanese voice for Clockwerk was originally Naomi Kusumi, but in the HD release, he was replaced with Kunihiko Yasui.
    • Blackton also provided the voices for Muggshot and the Panda King in the same game, as well as in Sly 3. Although Raleigh did not appear in Sly 3, he did in the first game, and was also voiced by Blackton.
  • In Sly Cooper and the Thievius RaccoonusCarmelita says that her shock pistol can't hurt Clockwerk, but can create holes in his armor. In fact, Clockwerk can also take damage, as his mechanical body only prevents him from aging.
  • Clockwerk's final line in the first game foreshadows his near return in the next game, and the irreparable damage done to Bentley after his final defeat in the second game.
  • It was implied that Clockwerk would be resurrected if his body was fully reassembled. However, after the parts were all locked into place, the cyborg owl did not awaken. The two most likely reasons for this are that either his brain was never reinserted or it took some time for Clockwerk's soul to reassert itself. It's possible that it happened at some point after Neyla took over the Clockwerk frame, as she claimed that some new power was growing inside her.
  • Despite being one of the four bird villains in the series (the other three being ArpeggioGeneral Tsao, and LeFwee), Clockwerk is the only one who has shown the capability of flight.
    • He is also the only one who is not anthropomorphic, instead bearing the shape of an actual owl.
    • This also makes him unique among all voiced characters in the Sly Cooper series.
    • Clockwerk is also the only bird in total shown to be able to fly, as Mrs. Puffin and Black Spot Pete have proven themselves incapable.
    • He is additionally the only one to be a final boss.
  • After the credits in the English version of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Clockwerk's head is shown, and then his eyelids open and reveal red eyes. In the Japanese version, Clockwerk has blue eyes.
    • In Sly 2's reenactment of this scene, the eyes are yellow.
  • He is the only deceased member of the Fiendish Five. The Panda King lives free in China, while the other three members are still incarcerated.
  • Clockwerk is the only main villain that was killed by Sly Cooper; Carmelita killed Neyla, while Dr. M was crushed underground due to his refusal to leave the Cooper Vault treasure, and Cyrille Le Paradox was imprisoned.
    • He is also the only character in total that was killed by Sly. LeFwee was killed by sharks, Arpeggio was crushed by Clockwerk's own beak, and Toothpick died when he was hit by a train.
  • The Dragon Claw Statue and Clockwerk's Eye are the only two Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time treasures that make direct reference to Clockwerk. The Dragon Claw Statue has the words "Clockwerk was here" scratched into the bottom, and the Clockwerk Eye has a description which implies that the destruction of the Hate Chip did not completely destroy Clockwerk and that the Cooper Gang had not truly seen the last of him.
  • In "Breakout!," Sly wondered out loud if "Rioichi has crossed paths with Clockwerk."
  • Clockwerk also makes appearances throughout Thieves in Time. The earliest appearance he has made in the timeline is 10,000 BC. In every single Thieves in Time episode, Clockwerk can be seen occasionally perched on a building or natural structure. In this game, his body more closely resembles an owl as opposed to an eagle as in earlier appearances.
    • He is oddly still robotic in his earliest appearance. Whether this was an oversight or intentional is unknown.
      • Clockwerk has been proven to be the oldest villain of them all anyways, due to the fact that he was around during Ancient Egyptian times.[1]
  • It is unknown how Clockwerk was able to get the technology to make his body fully robotic.
    • It is also unknown how Clockwerk was able to survive for over 10,000 years with this technology.
  • His pseudo-Latin scientific name is "Diabolocus Machina," according to the binocucom in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, which can be translated to mean "diabolical machine."
  • Clockwerk and his individual parts are considerably smaller in Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
    • There is also the addition of two pairs of spikes on his wings in Sly 2, which have never been explained, and his beak is markedly different in appearance and motion than in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.
  • The only parts of Clockwerk that are mentioned in Sly 2 are the tail feathers, wings, heart, eyes, lungs, stomach, talons and brain. Since these parts would not rebuild his body entirely, it can be assumed that Jean Bison had the rest, as Arpeggio mentioned him having the lion's share of the parts.
    • Clockwerk's wings in Sly 2 have gems in them, while in Sly 1 they did not. This is because Rajan embedded the wings with rubies for his throne room. Here is a link to a dock for you to see the changes: [1]
  • The shape of Clockwerk's feet is different than that of a real owl, which are zygodactyl (two talons in the front, two talons in the back) whereas Clockwerk has anisodactyl feet (three in front, one in back) similar to an eagle.
    • Strangely, Clockwerk only has three talons on each foot, rather than four in cinematic cutscenes from Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  • Clockwerk is one of four villains to appear on an episode's title card, along with the Panda King, Rajan, and Jean Bison.
    • He is one of two of the villains to appear on a title card more than once. The other one is Panda King.
  • He is one of four villains to appear or be referenced in all four games. The other ones include the other members of the Fiendish Five (except for Mz. Ruby). Clockwerk is a boss in Sly 1, a boss again, in addition to being referenced with scattered parts, in Sly 2, mentioned briefly in Sly 3, and a cameo that is also referenced with treasures, in addition to being mentioned on a chalkboard in Thieves in Time.
  • He is one of two characters to appear in multiple games not to have spoken dialogue in one of them. The other one is Dimitri.
  • Clockwerk is one of three characters to be entirely robotic. The other ones are the Black Knight and the Moat Monster (although the Black Knight is more appropriately classified as a disguise).  

All Appearances

  • Sly Cooper and the Thieveus Raccoonus (2002)
  • Sly 2:  Band of Thieves (2004) (tangentially)
  • Sly Cooper:  Thieves in Time (2013) (references)