Sly Cooper is the main protagonist from the video game franchise of the same name.  He's an athropomorphic raccoon and a thief, who hails from a long line of master raccoon thieves ever since Ancient Egyptian times.  He's close friends with Bentley and Murray, his primary crew; in Sly 3, they recruit more members, including Penelope, Dimitri, Panda King, and The Guru.  

Why He Rocks

  • He has an incredibly interesting past, involving him coming from a long line of Master Raccoon Thieves, from all the way back during the Ancient Egyptian times, at least.  
  • Incredibly sleak, appealing character design.  
  • He cares about those close to him dearly, despite being a thief.  He's one of the few instances where the term Honor Among Thieves actually applies.  If anybody tries to harm Bentley, Murray, or Carmelita Montoya Fox, his love interest and wife as of Sly 4, he doesn't hesitate to jump in and rescue them, no matter what he has to go up against to do so.  
  • Great voice acting from Kevin Miller in every game.  
  • He has a humorous, cocky personality which is really easy to get sucked into.  It gets you excited to play the games and experience his adventures.  
  • Amazingly funny quips and dialogue.  
  • While much of his dialogue is funny, he's capable of being serious as well.  This is especially the case towards the end of all three of the games, when he realizes just how serious that the situation has gotten, and thus there's no time for jokes anymore.  

The ONLY Bad Quality

  • In Sly Cooper:  Thieves in Time, he's written very out of character, so he almost never acts seriously, and the joking just goes way too far.  

Quotes

  • Crime?  I haven't stolen anything...yet!  
  • Hey miss Fox!  Still lookin' for a date to the prom?  
  • Inspector Fox!  As beautiful and unpredictable as ever.  
  • Hello asorted meatheads!  And lady.  Anyone feel like some exercise?  
  • Guys like me?  Are you saying I've got some competition for your affections?  
  • Carmelita.  Haven't seen you since I gave you the slip in Bombei.  
  • Ya know, that bazooka really brings out the color in your eyes.  Very fetching.  
  • Look Bentley, I know it's not your style but I need a quick plan of attack.  Try to think of a way, ANY way, to stop Clockwerk from getting reassembled.  
  • I've met a lot of bad men in my time but you sir are the worst.  
  • You might have a new body Neyla, but you're still the low down, back stabbing coward we've beaten time and time again, this won't be any different!  

Trivia

  • Sly Cooper bears a striking resemblance to Jojo the Raccoon from Sucker Punch's first title, Rocket: Robot on Wheels.
    • The two main differences are that Sly is fully clothed, whereas Jojo only wears a necktie. Sly also has grey fur, but Jojo has brown fur.
  • Sly's signature color is blue. Unlike BentleyMurray and most characters, his is not based on his skin or fur, but off of his attire.
    • Curiously, both Bentley and Murray have worn blue as part of their outfits.
  • Sly wears an actual mask over the mask-like fur around his eyes.
  • Sly is often shown smoking in concept art.
  • Concepts shown in a "making of" movie in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus show that Sly's early designs ranged from him wearing nothing more than his hat and shoes to even being chubby.
  • Sly Cooper won "Best New Character" at the Game Developer's Conference in 2003, and the Best Stealth Character by DragonAx in 2011.
  • Sly is of multi-racial descent (American, Caribbean, Panamanian, English, Scottish, French, German, Dutch, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Japanese, and Australian in particular) based on his ancestry.
  • His friendship with Bentley is ironic for his species, as raccoons are known to prey on turtles, as well as eat turtle eggs.
    • His relationship with Carmelita is reflective of how real life raccoons and foxes share the same ecological niche (though foxes attack raccoons). Sly and Carmelita have similar roles of vigilance but are not on the same side of the law.
  • Sucker Punch originally planned Sly's name to be JT, not Sly, accompanied with a different voice actor. This can be found in in the "The Evolution of Sly" bonus video in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  • Sly, like Bentley and Murray, cannot swim because he never learned how to when he was in the orphanage, in contrast to real-life raccoons who are excellent swimmers.
  • Sly uses two signatures throughout the series; in Sly 2: Band of Thieves, when he sends Carmelita some postcards, he uses a capital "S" as his signature, but other times, he uses his whole first name.[1]
  • Sly's last name, "Cooper", can mean "barrel-maker" in the English language. This is possibly a reference to how, in the first two games, Sly is able to hide in barrels to avoid being seen by his enemies.
  • During cutscenes in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Sly appears to have entirely yellow gloves and black shoes. During gameplay, he has blue gloves and shoes.
  • In Thieves in Time, there is a Sanzaru logo on Sly's backpack.
  • Sly is three years younger than Carmelita.
  • In the Thieves in Time episode, Turning Japanese, Sly passes himself off as "Major Muggshot," as a reference to the member of the Fiendish Five.
  • As the Sly Cooper series has released all over the world, there are many voice actors for Sly Cooper in different languages.
    • In Japanese, Sly was voiced by Tomokazu Seki in the first two games. Takeshi Kusao eventually took over as of the third game and in his appearance in the Japanese dub of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, as well as re-recording Sly's dialogue in the Japanese version of the The Sly Collection.
    • Sly was voiced by Rais David Báscones in Spanish, later replaced by Cholo Moratalla in PlayStation Move Heroes. Sly was voiced by Javier Naldjían in the Latin American dubs of Thieves in Time and Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale.
  • In Sly 2, Sly is the only member of the gang who does not serve as the starting character for the heist of an episode. However, in Sly 3, he is the starting character for every heist.
  • Sly is one of few Coopers without a known section in the Cooper Vault, along with his motherSlytunkhamen Cooper IBob Cooper, and the minor Coopers mentioned only in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.
  • Sly is the only character in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale unable to block attacks. If the player hits the block button, he will turn invisible until either he is attacked or they let go.  

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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