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.
Clockwerk (stylized as CLOCKWeЯK) was the leader of the Fiendish Five and the arch-nemesis of the Cooper Clan. He was consumed by jealousy for the Cooper Clan's reputation as thieves and hated them to such a degree that he replaced his mortal body with soulless machinery just to keep up with them through time. He was eventually killed by Sly Cooper, though his legacy continued to haunt the Cooper Gang to the present day.
Clockwerk is considered by many to be the main villain of the Sly Cooper series, and is the only villain to be referenced in all four games. He will appear as the main antagonist in the upcoming Sly Cooper film.
For almost all of his life, Clockwerk hunted the Coopers, the latter of whom were always one step ahead of him. After Sly's birth, he founded the Fiendish Five and lead them in an attack on the currently living Coopers. Responsible for the murder of Conner Cooper and the theft of the Thievius Raccoonus, which contained all the family's thieving secrets, Clockwerk and the rest of the Fiendish Five returned to their own personal endeavors with their own pages of the Coopers' legacy.
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!
When Sly gathered his own gang and began to target the members of the Fiendish Five, Clockwerk was a mysterious, aggressive, and widely unknown member who was referred to only as "the fifth" or "final member of the Fiendish Five" by Bentley and Sly, and he never convened directly with his cohorts; instead, he provided hi-tech hardware (including two hovercraft Sly commandeered that Bentley identified to have a notably unique alloy).
After Sly began reviewing the pages he gathered from the Thievius Raccoonus, he began to notice an odd, silhouetted bird in the background of pictures featuring his ancestors and connected them with the vague reports on the appearance of Clockwerk. Curious about what this could mean, Sly was on his way to the Krack-Karov Volcano for his confrontation with the fifth member of the Fiendish Five.
Based in the volcano, Clockwerk had developed a giant Death Ray for unknown reasons and used it to attempt to destroy the Cooper Gang as they tried to enter his headquarters. Sly, Bentley, and Murray were able to pass through unharmed from the deadly weapon and continue through the facility despite Clockwerk also sending swarms of Robo-Falcons and Fire Slugs after them.
Devising another trap, Clockwerk had already captured Carmelita Fox and used her as bait to lure Sly into his gas chamber where he planned to finish him off with the toxic gas. It was at this time that Clockwerk revealed himself through a televised screen and mocked the Cooper Clan for letting their emotions get the better of them. However, Bentley hacked into Clockwerk's security system and managed to release both Sly and Carmelita from the gas chamber. The two made a truce and planned to take down Clockwerk with Sly planning to use Carmelita's jetpack to assault him from the sky. In their advance, they destroyed Clockwerk's Death Ray and Sly retrieved the jetpack, using it as he finally confronted Clockwerk, face to face.
The two exchanged a few words, and Sly learned of Clockwerk's past; replacing his entire body to outlive and annihilate the Cooper clan in an attempt to eclipse their legendary thieving reputation. They engaged in battle in the air with Sly receiving support from Carmelita; eventually, the pair defeated him and Clockwerk plummeted into the molten lava of the volcano. He then rose up again, albeit damaged, and desired to finish off the raccoon. Sly questioned how Clockwerk could have been ignorant that Conner Cooper had a son and wondered why Clockwerk didn't kill him after he murdered his family. To this, Clockwerk revealed he left the young Sly alive to prove a point: without the prized book which detailed all of the Cooper Clan's skills and history, a member of the Cooper line was nothing. Sly only replied that Clockwerk was wrong and that the Thievius Raccoonus didn't make a great Cooper but that a great Cooper made the Thievius Raccoonus. Clockwerk refused to acknowledge his chatter, and was determined to kill Sly like he had killed his father and claim the title as master thief solely for himself.
After engaging in another battle, Clockwerk again plummeted into the volcano and began activating his self-repair system to rejuvenate his heavily damaged form, refusing to be destroyed. While attempting this last-ditch effort, Sly traversed over to the archaic bird and bashed his head in, finally putting him out of commission. The battered and destroyed parts floated in the lava and were left to rot when the gang left.
Now he's back. In pieces, sure, but the threat is real. Does the Klaww Gang even realize what they've stolen?
Clockwerk's robotic body was eventually reassembled on Arpeggio's flying air fortress. Constable Neyla, who had previously been assumed to be an ally of Sly, was in fact conspiring with Arpeggio and had been helping the mastermind gather the parts. Arpeggio was knowledgeable of Clockwerk and his secret of immortality through his formula of hatred, and he desired to become one with the archaic bird and be reborn with eternal life. However, before Arpeggio could merge with the parts, Neyla betrayed him and merged herself with Clockwerk's frame instead, dubbing herself as Clock-La.
Sly witnessed this and he, Bentley, and Murray tried to weaken her so they could finally finish off what remained of Clockwerk. Teaming up with Carmelita yet again to defeat the robotic bird, Sly battled Clock-La using a door gun on Carmelita's helicopter. After Clock-La was very wounded, she destroyed the blimp and captured both Murray and Bentley, leading Sly on a dangerous chase through the skies over Paris after her. Sly succeeded in sending Clock-La towards the ground and releasing his friends from captivity, leaving her disabled but not destroyed. During the skirmish, the revelation of Clockwerk's true source of power, the Hate Chip, was discovered and the gang managed to come up with a plan. With Murray's help, Bentley was able to enter the open beak of Clockwerk's head and remove the Hate Chip. The beak then suddenly snapped down on Bentley shortly after and crushed his legs; being recovered by Sly and Murray with the Hate Chip in hand, the three left the area as Clock-La exploded.
To their surprise, the parts were still in perfect condition, as a side effect of the Hate Chip being fueled by Clockwerk's never-ending hate of the Cooper Clan. Carmelita, having just arrived to the ground, stomped on the Hate Chip, causing the parts to immediately deteriorate, killing both Clockwerk and Neyla, ending his reign of terror on the Cooper Clan. Unfortunately, the damage Clockwerk's beak had done to Bentley had him confined to a wheelchair for life, and would be a lasting effect of some his final words to Sly years earlier: "You will never be rid of me!"
Clockwerk was a giant eagle owl bird made entirely of metal. He has large yellow eyes, three large talons on each foot, and a large brow that was constantly pulled down in anger. When he was attacking, Clockwerk either had plasma shooters on his feet and back, or electric ring shooters on his head and the tips of his elbows.
In his organic form Clockwerk was covered in light brown feathers. He had bright red eyes and three white talons on each foot.
Is it inappropriate to refer to him as a monster? No, not at all. What kind of person stays alive for hundreds of years with the express intention of wiping out a rival's family line?
Clockwerk was obsessed with proving himself superior to the Cooper Clan. He can be identified as a psychopath, being able to endure thousands of years of waiting before planning to finish off the Cooper name with Sly ten years later. He openly mocked the Cooper family whenever he had the chance. He was able to create advanced technology and numerous plans on how to eradicate the elusive Sly Cooper while he invaded his lair in Russia.
This gave his boasts some merit but also led to developing a superiority complex, stating that his robotic form was perfect for granting him immortality just to keep up with the Coopers through history. Overall, Clockwerk was an evil, bitter and obsessed character who desired nothing more than the eradication of his nemesis, Sly Cooper and his ancestors, at whatever cost, even his own body. This however, proved to be his downfall.
Perfection has no age...
Clockwerk's biological body was at some point replaced with robotic parts, and a highly advanced piece of technology called the Hate Chip imbued his new body with the ability to never rust or decay and could even repair it after taking incredible damage. This allowed him to survive beyond his intended life span as a mortal being. Clockwerk's body was equipped with a multitude of weapons, including missiles, laser emitters, launchers that could fire electrified rings, and an energy weapon within the eyes (although this and the missiles might have been an addition made by Arpeggio as they're only used by Clock-La). In addition, Clockwerk was extremely resilient to damage, as simple weapons like Carmelita's shock pistol and jetpack missiles were individually ineffective against him. In addition, Clockwerk's body could survive being heavily damaged and submerged in molten lava; this could be contributed by the Hate Chip and Clockwerk's self-repairing body. It was given spare engines in the event Clockwerk was unable to use his wings to fly.
In part for his ability to survive with a combination of his hatred and mechanical improvements, Clockwerk was remarkably intelligent. He had constructed his lair on Krack-Karov Volcano and developed multiple weapons and vehicles for the Fiendish Five to use for their own personal schemes including hover vehicles and his death ray, as well as devising a gas chamber which later incapacitated Sly. He was able to think accordingly and execute cunning plans, assaulting and slaughtering Conner Cooper and being able to lure Sly into his gas chamber by manipulating his feelings for Carmelita. He also created a legion of mechanical birds, similar to him, and hordes of lava monsters to do his bidding.
Two years later, Clockwerk's body was fully repaired by Arpeggio so that each individual member of the Klaww Gang could use their share of the Clockwerk Parts for their own purposes. Each individual part had also served its own purpose in Clockwerk's design as a Cooper hunter. They included a heart that acted as a tireless pump, eyes with powerful entrancing qualities, and talons capable of slicing through steel. All of the parts assembled would create Clockwerk's Frame and were the basis for helping him live through time and would later help spark his partial rebirth as Clock-La. With the destruction of the Hate Chip, Clockwerk's body and therefore Clockwerk himself was permanently destroyed.