Sly steals the show! The Sly Cooper Thread

Feb 5, 2013
"Crime? I haven't stolen anything...yet."

Who is Sly Cooper?
Sly is the eponymous raccoon thief protagonist of the Sly Cooper games, a series beginning on the Playstation 2 with Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus in 2002, with it's most recent installment (outside of the Playstation 3/Vita collection) being Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, released on the Playstation 3 in 2013. In these titles, you play as a member of Sly's band of thieves, the Cooper Gang, procuring high-value items from the hands of evil-doers. Sly's the latest in a long line of master thieves, and stealth is his specialty. That said, he and his cane are no stranger to fighting, having appeared in Playstation's shameless cash grab attempt at emulating Smash, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, even having a rivalry with fellow Playstation treasure hunter and Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake. His games have received critical acclaim over the years, and are one of the most iconic series associated with the brand.

Wait a second - a Playstation character can't be in Smash!
While you're right that we've never had a Playstation owned character in the series to date, Sakurai has never made an official comment regarding the brand nor it's characters. Yeah, it'll likely never happen as unlike Microsoft and the Xbox brand, Playstation hasn't exactly been making the best efforts to coexist with the competition, but with that in mind, Sakurai's an actual wizard when it comes to negotiating fighters for his masterpieces, so who's to say it's impossible. You can't stop me from dreaming!

Why not Kratos then, when he's Playstation's poster boy?
Because I like Sly and his games better, silly. :p

Sly's Game Appearances:
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (2002 - PS2)
Sly 2: Band of Thieves (2004 - PS2)
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (2005 - PS2)
The Sly Collection (2010/2014 - PS3/PS Vita)
Playstation Move Heroes (PS3 - 2011)
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale (2012 - PS3/PS Vita)
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (2013 - PS3/PS Vita)

Why should Sly be in Smash Bros.?
Truth be told, even I don't believe Sly worthy enough to join the battle, one reason being the fact he's a Playstation character, and even among his fellow Playstation stars, Kratos, Nathan Drake, or Ratchet and Clank would likely get in first. That said, I absolutely adore the Sly series and it's my favorite of Playstation's franchises. Even if less so than others, it's still an iconic face to the brand, and I'd love to see it represented in Smash.

Most of Sly's standard attacks would rely on his trusty cane, as it's his main mode of attack and even mobility. Sly's incredibly agile and lightweight, as a thief should be, and he'd minimize his hitbox by standing hunched down, as if he was stealthily trying to infiltrate a location. In his home series, he can't swim, so like Inkling, Sonic, and the Fire Pokémon, he'd take damage while in water. Sly uses Shadow Power (Invisibility) when dodging. Sly should be a trickster first and foremost, as it's a major part of his personality and playstyle in his home series. All of Sly's special moves are based on the gadgets he can use in his home series:
Neutral Special: Alarm Clock - Sly tosses an alarm clock forward, which detonates on impact. Unlike the rest of his specials, this only has this function in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale.
Side Special: Knockout Dive - Sly leaps forward, spinning his cane rapidly, dealing multiple small hits with low knockback. If at least half of the hits connect, the opponent will be stunned for a short duration. Each hit only does 1 damage, but it can lead to a follow up Smash attack. Each successive use shortens the stun time signifigantly, so it can't be spammed.
Up Special: Rocket Boots - Sly utilizes rocket boots to jet upward. At the end of the move, Sly will deploy his paraglider, and can use it to move forward slowly, similar to Mr. Game & Watch's parachute.
Down Special: Music Box - Sly tosses a music box out forward a short distance, which opens when it hits the ground. Any opponent which steps in the box's immediate vicinity will be put to sleep, similar to Jigglypuff's Sing.
Final Smash: Cooper Rush - Sly's gang drives by in the Cooper van, picking him up and running over the enemy in the process. They then enter a cutscene of the Cooper van turning around to run over them once more, while Sly steals a randomly determined item from the enemy (that they were concealing.) Sly gives a cocky smile as he returns to the battlefield with an item in his hand.

Home Stage:
Paris Rooftops - A beautiful stage, taking place in the city of love, with the Eiffel Tower in front of the full moon in the background. The battle takes place in front of the sign on top of Dimitri's night club. It's a relatively simple stage, with a shorter building on either side. Falling into the streets isn't advised as two of Dimitri's guards patrol the foreground, and if they catch you in their flashlights, they'll head straight towards you and attack! And they pack quite a punch, combined with the fact that the streets only connect to the blast zone of the map, you'll likely be KO'd if you're caught!

Paris is an iconic recurring location in the Sly series, so it'd likely end up being his stage in Smash.

Sly's series icon is the emblem of his gang from the main Sly series.
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Smash Rookie
Jul 15, 2018
Sly would be fun! Though it feels like having his stage take place in a real city makes it more dodgy? There isn't anything that says that's off limits but it feels off.

There's tons of fictional locations in Sly though, i'm partial to the skyship from Sly 2 myself.
Feb 5, 2013
Sure, I liked Sly 1
Have you given Sly 2 a try? I'd say it's the series' best entry. Anyway, added you to the support list.

Sly would be fun! Though it feels like having his stage take place in a real city makes it more dodgy? There isn't anything that says that's off limits but it feels off.

There's tons of fictional locations in Sly though, i'm partial to the skyship from Sly 2 myself.
The reason I chose it specifically is because it's a major reccuring location in the Sly series, often being used as sort of a hub area or tutorial location. It's the only location which has appeared in every series entry to date. I mean, it's confirmed that locations like this exist in the worlds of Metal Gear, Bayonetta, and Street Fighter, it just so happens that those also happen to have more iconic locations to choose a stage from. Paris at night, colored in hues of purple and blue, has sort of become synonymous with the Sly brand. And in an effort to make it even more associated with the series, I specifically chose the top of Dimitri's night club as the main area of the stage.

Also, I added you to the support list.

I'm surprised that nobody didn't already make a thread for Sly. I support because we need more platforming bois. ;)
So was I! As a huge fan of the series, I'm honored to be the one to make it. Hope you don't mind that I added you to the support list!

If I had to choose any character to make their Nintendo debut in Smash Bros, it'd be Sly Cooper 10/10 times.
Same. I mean, yeah, Master Chief is far more iconic to gaming as a whole, and there are other Playstation reps who would realistically make more sense, but Sly's got a special place in my heart. I went ahead and added you to the support list.

If anyone has their own ideas on home stage, assist trophies, moveset, or whatever, feel free to share!